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Obama In Newtown: “This Cannot Go On; We Must Change”

President Barack Obama has spoken at an interfaith prayer vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, in the aftermath of the massacre of twenty children and seven adults last Friday.

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“Newtown, we are with you,” the President told the assembly. [Read more…]


Obama: “We’re Going To Have To Take Meaningful Action”

In his weekly address one day after the murders of young children and their teachers in Connecticut, President Barack Obama says “we’re going to have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening, regardless of politics”.

The comment echoed a remark the president made just hours after the shootings.

Newly re-elected and unable to run again, Obama faces a hostile House of Representatives and a Democrat controlled Senate. The president will give his inaugural address to mark his second term swearing-in on January 20. It will be intriguing to see if his two comments in the past twenty-four hours will be developed further in that speech.



“It’s Too Easy To Get A Gun”

“Less than twelve hours after a gunman took the lives of 20 schoolchildren in the tiny, picturesque community of Newtown, Connecticut, locals gathered outside a Methodist Church for a healing vigil. Nearly all were in shock, hardly able to articulate their bewilderment. But many were in agreement on one point: lax gun laws were partly to blame.”

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President Obama Speaks On The Connecticut School Shootings

President Barack Obama has spoken about the school shootings in Connecticut, describing them as a “heinous crime”.

The President said: “The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.”

“As a country, we have been through this too many times,” the President said. He listed recent shootings and then delivered one sentence that may stand out for its possible future political import: “And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Joe Lieberman

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Joseph Lieberman was a Democratic senator from Connecticut. He served from 1989 until 2013. He left the Democratic Party in 2006 after losing the primary election in Connecticut. He endorsed Republican Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

Statement by Senator Joe Lieberman (Democrat – Connecticut)

Mr. Chief Justice, throughout the history of this great country, we have endured trials that have strained the sinews of our democracy and sometimes even threatened to tear apart our unparalleled experiment in self-government. Each time the nation has returned to the Constitution as our common lodestar, trusting in its vision, its values and its ultimate verity. Each time we have emerged from these tests stronger, more resilient, more certain of Daniel Webster’s claim of ‘one country, one constitution, one destiny.’ (Speech to a Whig Party rally in New York City, March 15, 1837.) And each time our awe of the Founders’ genius has been renewed, as has our reverence for the brilliantly-calibrated instrument they crafted to guide their political progeny in the unending challenge of governing as a free people. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment: Statement By Senator Chris Dodd

The following is a statement from the Senate’s closed deliberations on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, excerpts of which senators were allowed to publish in the Congressional Record for Friday, February 12, 1999.

Senator Chris Dodd was a Democratic senator from Connecticut. He served from 1981 until 2011.

Statement by Senator Christopher Dodd (Democrat – Connecticut)

Mr. Chief Justice, my colleagues, 31 days ago at about this very hour we gathered in the Old Senate Chamber in closed session to begin the journey that has brought us to where we are today. We are only hours away from casting what Robert C. Byrd has appropriately described as the most important vote that any of us have cast or are likely to cast in our service as U.S. Senators. For only the second time in our Nation’s glorious history, we, who are temporary custodians of these 100 seats, will decide whether to take the most extraordinary and grave action that could ever be asked of U.S. Senators. A decision to declare war or amend our Constitution pales in comparison to trying the impeachment of a popularly elected President of the United States. [Read more…]