The Gist: The family whose arrest for committing arson on federal lands sparked the takeover have a long, contentious history with the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. One of them allegedly made repeated death threats against the refuge’s managers.
The Gist:North Korea said it conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test Wednesday in a defiant and surprising move.
From The Reporter’s Notebook
The National Rifle Association criticized President Obama’s executive actions to curb gun violence on Tuesday. According to TPM’s Sara Jerde, the organization suggested the president’s speech was “devoid of facts,” but did not directly address Obama’s statement that the NRA had previously supported “expanded background checks.”
From a TPM Prime member: “The tide might slowly be turning” on gun control. “Obama’s executive actions will be tweaks, if that. But the states are starting to gain some momentum and local gun control groups supported by the likes of Michael Bloomberg are starting to gain some real traction.” Our “gerrymandered Congress is worthless and things only get done at the state level. That is governance in America today.”