How about a twitterific “Quick Takes” today?
* Martin provided us with an excellent summary of President Obama’s modest and constitutional executive actions on guns earlier today. Here’s what I had to say about it all on twitter:
Remember when conservatives used to say that we need to enforce gun laws already on the books? That’s pretty much what @POTUS is doing.
— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60) January 5, 2016
* Our friend Ed Kilgore provides some great history and insight about President Obama’s executive actions.
It’s not a betrayal of “bipartisanship” to act alone on a challenge the other party denies as a legitimate issue https://t.co/pTRnsAtgV7
— Ed Kilgore (@ed_kilgore) January 5, 2016
* Is it possible that Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about?
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 5, 2016
* Speaking of cluelessness, one has to wonder if Sen. Marco Rubio has any idea about how democracy is supposed to work.
Rubio, justifying his missed votes, says, “We’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen.”
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) January 5, 2016
* For some details about the circular firing squad that is taking aim among Republican presidential contenders, Robert Costa has the goods.
Race in NH gets bloody… rivals pile on Christie, Christie gets Trumpesque as he counters https://t.co/7mRXzVdcNN
— Robert Costa (@costareports) January 5, 2016
* Some good news for the American auto industry (and BTW, “thanks, Obama!”)
Wow – auto industry reported highest annual sales ever in 2015 (17.47mm) – eclipsing past record set in 2000 pic.twitter.com/IkmDDEjO6T
— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) January 5, 2016
* Contrary to a lot of our current cynicism about it, the social safety net is actually improving.
The safety net was nearly ten times more effective at reducing poverty in 2014 as in 1967: https://t.co/5ltcGU7aVm
— Bob Greenstein (@GreensteinCBPP) January 5, 2016
* And finally, in a twitterific news round-up, we need some news about twitter, don’t we?
It’s happening. WSJ confirms recode report. Twitter to Expand Tweet’s 140-Character Limit to 10,000 https://t.co/JtpdJVmkWV
— Austen Hufford (@austenhufford) January 5, 2016