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• @whitehouse: We must bring balance to the Force. #Sequester #JediMindMeld pic.twitter.com/lIZlgavhuR
• Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2013: NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as Women’s History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. I also invite all Americans to visit www.WomensHistoryMonth.gov to learn more about the generations of women who have shaped our history.
• Militarization is the problem, and I believe the drug war is the cause of the militarization: Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, a vocal supporter of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban, has been involved in police work for four decades. “I remember when it was sufficient for a police officer to carry a six-shooter,” he said on Andrea Mitchell Reports Friday. “What I’ve seen over these decades is an increasing arms race between the police and the criminal community. And that’s been exacerbated by the presence of high-capacity, high-quality firearms and military-grade assault weapons,” Flynn said.
• National Rifle Association (NRA) President David Keene on Thursday promised that gun owners would do “whatever’s necessary” to “get rid of those in public office” that they viewed as working to erode the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
• Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency Friday, and announced he plans to appoint an emergency manager after March 11 to take over the city of Detroit after years of financial difficulties, predicting that it will be 18 months before elected leaders, including the Mayor, might take control of the city again. The move comes after a February 19 report that found the city is experiencing a “financial emergency.” The decision had been predicted for weeks, but Friday’s announcement means that more than 50% of African Americans in the state of Michigan no longer elect their local leaders.
• Among the many damaging revelations about Premier Christy Clark’s government this week was persuasive evidence that her inner circle uses personal emails to escape proper public scrutiny under access to information legislation.
• B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s longtime friend, supporter and deputy chief of staff Kim Haakstad resigned from the Premier’s Office Friday amid a growing scandal over a leaked government strategy aimed at winning key ethnic votes ahead of the May election. Seen as a massive blow personally to Clark, Haakstad’s resignation follows the release of yet another confidential government document that clearly places the origins of the controversial ethnic strategy inside the Premier’s Office.