Wiretap: Obama considers using executive authority to expand gun control

Gun control

Obama is now considering expanding background checks for gun sales using executive authority, as Hillary Clinton had suggested. It’s not clear who thought of it first. Via The Washington Post.

No confrontation

As Obama tries to figure out how to deal with Russia’s escalation in Syria, his advisers have made it clear he is unwilling to confront Russia directly and instead will wait out Putin, certain that the Russian strategy will fail. Via The New York Times.

Speaker’s job

Boehner is putting pressure on Ryan to take the speaker’s job. Ryan keeps saying no. Via The Washington Post.

Killing fee

South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million for the police shooting of Walter Scott. Via Vox.

Own man

Gail Collins: That time when Jeb! said he was his own man. Via The New York Times.

Nobel prize

Svetlana Alexievich: The first full-time, lifelong reporter to win a Nobel for literature. Via The New Yorker.


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