The former Democratic National Committee Chair and retired Vermont Governor had some strong words for Obama's proposed budget Wednesday. Buzzfeed interviewed the former governor following some heated rhetoric earlier in the week. From the article:
On Sunday night, Dean tweeted that the restoration of some defense sequestration cuts contained in Obama's budget proposal were a step too far when coupled with the president's entitlement cut proposal that progressives like Dean are already livid about. "If this is true I may have to become an independant ," Dean wrote, before linking to an April 10 article by Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Josh Green. Dean doubled down on his threat to leave the part in an interview with BuzzFeed Monday. The White House did not respond directly, but an official did push back Monday on the thrust of Dean's attacks.
Republican Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) speaks with NPR on why he voted down background checks for all gun purchasers in this week's landmark defeat for gun control regulation. Following requests to every Senator who opposed the amendment, only Coburn was willing to talk.
Coburn argues his replacement proposal is the superior solution to gun control and explains how compliance can only be assured if the regulations are simpler and easier to follow than what was proposed in the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.
In a 3/5 compromise of sorts the Boy Scouts of America have proposed lifting the ban on gay scouts, but continuing the prohibition of gay scout leaders. Set to be voted on in May, the compromise has received a mixed response.
"Reaction from scouting supporters ranged from outrage to limited approval. The biggest organization in scouts, the Mormon Church, said it was studying the proposal, leaving uncertain the outcome of a May vote by scout leaders that will set policy. Gay rights groups said continuing to bar gay adults was unacceptable, but they welcomed the change for youths."
The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress in December, has sparked widespread objection to provisions which may potentially allow the government to indefinitely detain US citizens. The Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 4138 on Friday, which reads:
"No agency of this state, no political subdivision of this state, no employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan national guard on active state service shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2012″
The bill passed unanimously, 109-0, and still needs to be approved by the Michigan Senate.
The Chechen ties of alleged 'Boston Bombers' Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and older brother, Tamerlan, 26, were the subject of discussion between Barack Obama and Russian President, Vladamir Putin. Chechnya is located just north of Georgia, between the Caspian and Black Seas in the southern region on Russia. The situation surrounding the brothers is still developing but it does not appear that neither Dzhokhar nor Tamerlan were part of a larger conspiracy. From POLITICO:
Putin "expressed his condolences on behalf of the Russian people for the tragic loss of life in Boston," the White House said. Obama thanked Putin "for those sentiments" and "praised the close cooperation that the United States has received from Russia on counter-terrorism, including in the wake of the Boston attack."