Last time we wrote about President Obama visiting California in this space, he was joining Kanye in generating some political cash. Today’s visit is decidedly more somber.
Two weeks after the massacre in San Bernardino rocked the nation, the president will be in Southern California today to meet with the grieving families of the victims. He’s pausing en route to his planned trip to Hawaii, where the Obamas typically spend the holidays.
The shooting has reignited the debate over gun control. While gun control bills face long odds in the Republican-controlled Congress, Obama is reportedly contemplating invoking his executive authority to expand background checks. It would be the latest time he has turned to his executive powers to advance a policy that couldn’t get through Congress.
DA BAIT: If you’re reading this you’re probably a political junkie which means you’re probably watching the Democratic presidential debate tomorrow. If you’re wondering where California politicians stand, FiveThirtyEight’s compilation shows that 30 members of Congress, including both senators, have endorsed Hillary Clinton. One, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, has endorsed Martin O’Malley. None have endorsed Bernie Sanders.
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(California Republicans are less unified: according to FiveThirtyEight, we have one member of Congress for Ted Cruz, one for Mike Huckabee, two for Marco Rubio, and three for Jeb Bush.)