City officials signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday to disband the Police Department and turn patrols in Pontiac over to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office as soon as December.
Faced with mounting red ink, the cash-strapped city of 66,000 residents has chipped away at its Police Department in recent years with layoffs and cutbacks that required help at times from Michigan State Police and the Sheriff’s Office just to keep road patrols operating.
In the imaginations and fever dreams of right-wing Republicans, President Obama is a signature away from confiscating the nation's guns, and delivering them to his personal Sharia-law task force. But as Ryan Reillyreports for Talking Points Memo, the truth is that Obama has done very little to advance anything approaching gun control, and in fact, has even signed legislation allowing guns in national parks and Amtrak trains:
For someone who only writes about politics, Mark Halperin knows stunningly little about the forces that drive any given election. For example, watch as he tries to explain President Obama's political woes without mentioning the economy, unemployment, or historical patterns: