Obama signs protection bill for former presidents

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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.

Obama signs protection bill for former presidents

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.


Perry calls out Cuomo for having state envy

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.

Addressing an annual policy orientation in Austin on Thursday, Mr. Perry referenced Mr. Cuomo’s support for gun control and said his New York counterpart probably wouldn’t want to move to Texas.

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.

Although disappointed that the roundup was set to resume Friday, horse-protection advocates were pleased that Judge Du’s order outlined specific conduct for the BLM.

“The judge has begun what the BLM has failed to do, and that is to establish humane standards for roundups,” said Deniz Bolbol, spokeswoman for the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign


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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  1. Dan January 12, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Now why do you suppose this is necessary now? Because they are realizing that the treasonous among them are called officials of high office. The American people will decide one day that it these criminals do not turn themselves in when asked that “We the People” will come a hunting.
    Why else do you thing Obama is running scared regarding gun control?
    Obama intends to force it down out throats and if he does many will die because of it.

    He is not an American, he is not a legal American entity. He and his cronies are usurpers. Responsible for treasonous acts against the American people.

    My concerns extend to those who would worship false gods.

  2. psychic pete January 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Covering his bases, he knows he’s making no friends.

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