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Obama, Biden meeting with Newtown families Thursday

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The White House announced that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would meet with Newtown, Conn., families on Thursday, nearly six months since the deadly massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the president and Biden would host the families at the White House to discuss “common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence.”

Obama has refrained from wading back into the gun-control debate after being dealt the biggest legislative defeat of his second term. Earlier this year, lawmakers blocked Obama’s post-Sandy Hook bid to expand background checks for firearms purchases, institute an assault weapons ban and a prohibition on high-capacity ammo magazines.

The White House also confirmed that Biden on Tuesday would host an event to push for additional gun restrictions. The president will be in Northern Ireland for the G-8 summit.

It’s an uphill battle for the White House to make a second push for gun control at a time when so much of Washington's attention is focused on a growing list of administration problems, from the revelation that the National Security Agency is spying on millions of Americans' phone and email records, the IRS was targeting conservative groups and the Justice Department is monitoring journalists.

Addressing a second issue high on his agenda, Obama will also meet Thursday with Democratic lawmakers to discuss the push for comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill. Sens. Leahy, D-Vt., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will attend.

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