Morning Briefing: January 18th, 2013

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By Steve Deace

10 Takeaways from the GOP Retreat

Congressional Republicans are currently enjoying a retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Haven’t the Republicans already been in retreat, so why did they need to go on one? But we digress. Nonetheless, this article from one of National Review‘s moles has 10 takeaways from what’s happening and being discussed that are definitely worth reading. Warning: few of them are encouraging.

More Children Obama Won’t Defend

Despite his pleas to “protect the most vulnerable among us” as a rationale to violate the Second Amendment, President Obama is either profoundly confused about protecting children or dishonest. During his hour-long anti-Second Amendment press conference this week, his friends at Planned Parenthood killed at least 113 children, and 4,000 unborn children in this country are killed each day. Yet the president supports extinguishing the “most vulnerable among us” in those instances. But that’s not all.  In 1999, State Senator Barack Obama voted “present” on a bill that would require adult prosecution for discharging a gun in or near a school. That legislation came as a response to the tragic Columbine High School shooting that year. SB 759 provided that anyone 15 years of age or older charged with aggravated battery with a weapon in school or within 1,000 feet of a school would be charged as an adult. It passed the Illinois State Senate in a 52-1 vote, with 5 members voting present — including Obama. That vote followed a trend for the young lawmaker, whose controversial votes on crime legislation often raised eyebrows. A Chicago Tribune editorial even accused Obama of being a “gutless sheep” for missing a vote on crime legislation in late 1999.

The Looming Democrat Divide

Politico has a story out today that deals with intra-party division. But this time it’s not the Republicans but the Democrats. The story says that with Obama about to become a lame-duck (but less lame then past lame ducks with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell as his opposition) maneuvering for 2016 will soon be underway. And the Democrats are having an internal debate about whether to continue statism or go flat out Soviet. Yes, those are my words, but if you read the article for yourself then you’ll see that’s essentially the debate.

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