WASHINGTON: More clarity on drone attacks?
President Barack Obama promised Thursday to be more forthcoming with the American public on his administration's campaign of lethal drone strikes amid criticism over the targeting of suspected U.S. terrorism suspects abroad. Obama, under pressure from left and right to allow greater scrutiny of the decision-making process for killing Americans overseas, vowed to work with Congress to craft a "mechanism" to be more open about the drone war. He spoke in an online video question-and-answer session sponsored by Google.
ILLINOIS: Cartel boss 'worse than Capone'
A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1, the same label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars. The Chicago Crime Commission said Thursday it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán even more menacing than Capone because he's the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city. "What Al Capone was to beer and whiskey during Prohibition, Guzmán is to narcotics," said Art Bilek, the commission's executive vice president. "Of the two, Guzmán is by far the greater threat. . . . And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed of." The commission, a nongovernment body that tracks city crime trends, designated Capone Public Enemy No. 1 in 1930. It has declared other outlaws public enemies, but Capone was the only one deemed No. 1. Until now.
CONNECTICUT: Gun control rally at Capitol
More than 5,000 supporters of tighter controls on firearms crowded the state Capitol in Hartford Thursday, demanding action from the General Assembly. "We cannot let what happened here in Connecticut ever be forgotten," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the crowd. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said, "If we have to register to vote, we might as well register our guns." March for Change, the citizens' gun control group that sprang up after the Newtown massacre, chose Valentine's Day for the rally. In Washington, President Barack Obama, awarding medals for distinguished public service in 2012, included the six teachers and administrators slain at Sandy Hook.