Top Story: Day two of the Vice President’s gun control summit continues, today with the people who make, buy, use and CGI firearms.
- The Vice President has a full day. First a meeting with groups representing sportsmen, then the gun lobby and last, the entertainment industry.
- “The NRA is not going to compromise on any of the principles of the Second Amendment, nor are we going to support banning guns. But we’re willing to listen.” (Playbook)
- Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton used executive authority when it came to gun control, and here’s what President Obama can do. (Salon)
- Have no fear, all-or-nothing gun rights advocates: Senator Ted Cruz has your back. (Facebook)
- And already there are robocalls complaining about President Obama’s “socialist gun control legislation.” (Sam Stein)
- In Arizona, a Republican—yes, an Arizona Republican—asked the police to perform a gun buyback. But not only is the NRA threatening to sue if those guns are destroyed, the lawmaker is receiving threats. (NPR)
- Ted Nugent: “There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed.” (The Nuge)
- “French and Polish armies were vanquished by Nazis. So those gun-rights people who say that armed Jews could have saved themselves are fools.” (Jeffrey Goldberg)
And in other news …
- President Obama nominates Jack Lew for treasury secretary today. (Morning Money)
- Republicans may make life uncomfortable during the confirmation hearings. Why? Because he represents the White House right now and, as one GOP aide says: “This is a White House that is overly political and not really interested in alternate points of view.” Unlike Republicans. (The Hill)
- “The platinum coin idea is idiotic. That is the point.” (Wonkblog)
- Budget cuts make strange bedfellows. The American Conservative and the liberal American Prospect are moving in together. And they’re not even married. (Think Tanked)
- Ex-Nixon staff gathered to honor the former presidents 100th birthday Wednesday. “Pro tip: Alger Hiss jokes bring down the house at Nixon birthday parties…” (James Hohmann)
- “The salad dressing at this Nixon gala is Nixon’s last revenge on the press.” (Molly Ball)
- White House spokesman Jay Carney has weighed in on the biggest controversy gripping Washington today: RGIII’s knee. “I’m not a football coach but it sure seemed like as remarkable a player as he is, he was not in position to continue playing.” (Washington Examiner)
- And remember that Romney “Jeep” ad Politifact rated the “Lie of the Year”? Well, the Chrysler-owned brand just released some record-setting numbers to show how big a lie it was. (Reuters)
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Top Links: At least the NRA is telling the White House to its face it won’t support new gun laws. That was considerate.