Washington Daybook: Guns and a Funeral

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Roberto Briones places a poster for the new film “Koch”by Neil Barsky outside of the Angelica Film Center on the morning that the iconic former New York mayor passed away Feb. 1, 2013 in New York City.

President Barack Obama will continue his push to rally support for gun control proposals in a trip to Minnesota today as lawmakers in Arkansas vote on a bill that would permit concealed handguns in churches and other houses of worship, the Associated Press reported.

Secretary of State John Kerry greets employees on his first day on the job after spending the weekend reaching out to world leaders over the phone including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Bill Clinton, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Israeli consul general will speak at Ed Koch’s memorial service today in Manhattan. Police helicopters will fly over Temple Emanu-El in his honor, the AP reports.

On Capitol Hill today, the House takes up a measure to require the president to submit a plan on how and when he’d balance budget, plus three health-care bills, while the Senate considers legislation that would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Both chambers have an abbreviated week of legislative business with Senate Democrats taking a break for a retreat Tuesday and Wednesday in Annapolis, Maryland, and House Democrats holding their retreat Thursday and Friday in Leesburg, Virginia. Obama will attend both retreats.

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