Morning Examiner: Obama passes on gun control fight

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Some in his party may want to use Friday’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, as a an opportunity to move gun control legislation through Congress, but President Obama wants none of it.

Yesterday on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called gun violence “an enormous problem for the country” and asked Obama to re-embrace his position on “banning things like assault weapons.” And on “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said, “My thoughts are these — pure and simple — weapons of war don’t belong on the streets.”

But pressed for a White House position while traveling in Aurora, spokesman Jay Carney said Obama had no plans to push new gun control measures. Instead he pointed reporters to Obama’s March 13the op-ed in The Arizona Star where Obama wrote:

Our focus right now should be on sound and effective steps that will actually keep those irresponsible, law-breaking few from getting their hands on a gun in the first place. First, we should begin by enforcing laws that are already on the books. … Clearly, there’s more we can do to prevent gun violence. But I want this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people.

The nation still doesn’t seem quite ready for a return to the nastiness that the presidential campaign had descended into. Obama has struck the right tone so far. Both are still not airing ads in Colorado. But this calm can’t last forever.
Campaign 2012
Obama: President Obama spent $12 million more ($58 million) than he raised ($46 million) in the month of June. Almost $38 million of that total went toward television ads attacking Romney. Romney only spent $27 million. Heading into June, Romney and the Republican National Committee have $170 million cash on hand while Obama and the Democrats only have $147 million.

Romney: Beginning Thursday, Mitt Romney will travel to England (he will be there for opening of the Olympic Games Friday night), Israel (Sunday), and Poland (Monday and Tuesday).

Polls: A new Pulse Opinion Research poll finds that 53 percent of voters say Obama has taken the wrong actions and has slowed the economy down.

Around the Bigs
Associated Press, Poverty levels on rise: The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

The Wall Street Journal, Firms Pass Up Tax Breaks, Citing Hassles, Complexity: Executives, particularly at small and medium-size companies, complain that many of the tax deductions are either too cumbersome or too confusing. In some cases, the cost of obtaining the tax benefit is greater than the benefit itself—a wrinkle that has helped spawn a cottage industry of tax-credit consultants.

The Washington Post, Prosecutors, regulators close to making Libor arrests: U.S. prosecutors and European regulators are close to arresting individual traders and charging them with colluding to manipulate global benchmark interest rates, according to people familiar with a sweeping investigation into the rate-rigging scandal.

The New York Times, Republican Party in California Is Caught in Cycle of Decline: California Republicans are caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appear in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party.

The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Mounts Quiet Effort to Weaken Assad’s Rule: The U.S. has been mounting a secret but limited effort to speed the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without using force, scrambling spies and diplomats to block arms and oil shipments from Iran and passing intelligence to front-line allies.

Righty Playbook
The Heritage Foundation‘s Robert Bluey reports that Obama’s IRS and Labor Departments are auditing Frank VanderSloot, a businessman on Obama’s enemies list.

National Review‘s Noah Glyn deconstructs Rachel Maddow’s latest “Lean Forward” ad.

The Weekly Standard‘s Daniel Halper reports that Obama spent $93,000 on the half-empty stadium kick-off event.

Lefty Playbook
The New York Times Bill Keller urges Democrats to jump off the fiscal cliff.

Salon‘s Jonathan Bernstein calls Romney a “lazy liar.”

The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein imagines a Romney whom liberals could love.

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