President Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives.
The measure Mr. Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Mr. Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis.
A sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, says increased terrorist threats and the greater mobility and youth of former presidents made the change necessary.
The new law also authorizes Secret Service protection for the children of former presidents until they turn 16.
The bill is H.R. 6620.
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry concedes he can’t get the nation’s 49 other governors “to admit they’d want to be Texans.”
But he says many would love to create as many jobs as his state does — including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Mr. Perry added, though, that in a candid moment, Mr. Cuomo likely envies Texas’ growing economy. Mr. Perry said: “He’d dearly love to be able to stand up and say, ‘We did this in New York,’ but he can’t.”
Mr. Perry also said that some on the East Coast believe “people in the west are different than them and they’re right. And that’s OK.”
Federal judge lets roundup of wild horses go ahead
RENO — The Bureau of Land Management can resume its roundup of dozens of wild mustangs in northern Nevada, but wranglers must limit their use of electric cattle prods and take other steps to ensure the animals are treated humanely, a federal judge said Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Miranda Du’s formal order lifted an injunction she issued last week blocking the roundup of 50 horses near the Idaho-Nevada line.
Obama supporters to ponder ways to support his agenda
President Obama’s supporters plan to gather during the weekend of his inauguration to discuss the future of his campaign operation — and how it could support his second-term agenda.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says in an email to supporters that volunteers and staff will hold an “Obama Campaign Legacy Conference” in Washington that will talk about the structure and leadership of his campaign operation going forward.
Mr. Obama has called 2012 his last campaign. But his aides hope to use his campaign structure to promote his legislative agenda on issues like immigration reform, climate change and gun violence.
Mr. Messina says the campaign operation is “an advantage that no previous president has enjoyed and one that has the potential to reshape our politics for years to come.”
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