President Barack Obama will tour the damage from the massive tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City area.
Obama plans to meet with affected families and thank first responders during a visit Sunday to Moore, Okla. The White House says Obama wants a firsthand look at the recovery from the tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes Monday afternoon.
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) — a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016 — rejected former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s argument that conservatives must embrace marriage equality for gays and lesbians if they want to survive as a party and reiterated his support for “traditional marriage.”
“Look, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” Jindal said during an appearance on Meet The Press on Sunday, and went on to claim that Republicans don’t have to make the case on social issues to attract young voters and win future elections and instead should continue focusing on economic issues. “We lost [the 2012 election] because we didn’t present a vision showing how we believe the entire economy can grow, how people can join the middle class. We’re in aspirational party and we need policies that are consistant with that aspirational private sector growth.”
In an essay for The American Conservative entitled “Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause,” Huntsman — a Mormon whose previous support for civil unions set him apart from Republican presidential candidates in 2012 — argued that if the Republican Party wants to survive, it must enhance its appeal to gay Americans and the growing majority that supports marriage equality.
Tribal and official sources in Yemen say an explosion has killed more than 10 suspected al-Qaida militants, and at least six others died in two airstrikes by unmanned aircraft.
A bomb that ripped through a house owned by a known al-Qaida operative in southern Bayda province appeared to be an accidental explosion. Militants barred local residents Sunday from approaching the scene.
Meanwhile, separate strikes by suspected U.S. drone aircraft killed three people Saturday and another three on Sunday in two parts of central Maarib province.
One raid successfully targeted a car carrying suspected members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
This morning, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Republican Senator and rising party star Kelly Ayotte (NH) cited Iranian propaganda in explaining her opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
“I have not made up my mind,” Ayotte began, before warning that Hagel has not expressed sufficient commitment to using military force against Iran if it develops nuclear weapons. She then pointed to Iranian propaganda, noting that the country “reacted favorably” to his nomination:
AYOTTE: Iran, this week, kind of reacted favorably somewhat. There were statements that were favorable to his nomination, in fact, they said they were hopeful that with his nomination, they hoped that we would change our policies. What I want to make sure is that Iran is actually not hopeful, but they are fearful as a result of our nominee from a Secretary of Defense perspective, because I think that will cause them to stop marching toward acquiring a nuclear weapon, not hope that we’ll change our policies, they need to change their policies.
On Tuesday, the Iranians responded to the Hagel nomination and used it to take a backhanded slap at the United States, saying, “We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations.” Unfortunately, neo-conservatives — desperate to derail Hagel — jumped on the propaganda from Iran’s foreign ministry to make their case.
The Big Game
Gear up for the big game on Sunday, February 3, 2013
President Obama landed in Connecticut on Sunday for the saddest of presidential duties: comforting the survivors of a senseless shooting.
Obama is scheduled to address an evening interfaith prayer vigil for the 20 children and six adults who lost their lives Friday in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The prayer vigil is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.; the president’s remarks are expected to start at around 8:15 p.m., and last about 12 minutes.
The president also will hold private meetings with the families who lost loved ones, as well as police and other first responders to the tragedy.
Here’s a list of Senators and candidates hitting the Sunday talk show circuit tomorrow:
* Face the Nation (CBS) – None
* State of the Union (CNN) – Live U.S. Senate candidate debate with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL) and former state house Speaker Marco Rubio (R-FL)
* Fox News Sunday – Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey (R) and West Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Joe Manchin (D)
* Meet the Press (NBC) – None
* This Week (ABC) – None