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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch" -- and possibly "overturning its will." Among other steps, Obama is expected to expand background checks on gun sales by forcing more sellers to register as federally-licensed gun dealers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the stock market slumps today, one industry that is bucking the trend is firearms. Shares in companies that make guns have been surging, as new data point to strong sales at the close of last year. It was a year marked by mass shootings in Paris and California -- prompting calls for tougher regulations like the ones the president is expected to announce. Shares in Smith and Wesson have been almost six percent higher today.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Bill Clinton is offering a deeply personal endorsement of his wife's campaign, telling voters in New Hampshire that Hillary Clinton's plans offer the best chance for the country to have economic prosperity and a secure future. The event marked the former president's debut solo appearance for his wife's campaign, part of a strategy to deploy Clinton in a more public way in the run-up to the first round of primary voting next month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush is hinting strongly that his closing argument to New Hampshire voters will be about a U.S. military buildup specifically aimed at defeating the Islamic State group. In a new TV ad today, the former Florida governor -- whose campaign rests on how he competes in the leadoff primary next month -- features excerpts from a speech he delivered last month in South Carolina. Bush has called for a broad international coalition led by the United States and Arab nations to destroy the group, now rooted in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region.
HAVANA, Ill. (AP) — Experts say flooding along parts of the Illinois River in central Illinois will continue this week. The National Weather Service says major flooding conditions persist on the river today in the city of Havana, about 45 miles southwest of Peoria. A sandbag wall remains alongside the river in Peoria. Flooding in recent weeks has killed nine people in Illinois. Steve Buan (BYOO'-an) with the weather service says he expects the river to crest on Wednesday or Thursday if rainfall forecasts hold at less than an inch. He says many levees in Illinois have failed.
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