The Wrap: From ‘assault weapon’ bills shot down to Iranian shadow wars, the week that was

  • **FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein seeks to reimpose weapons bans that expired in 2004. The California Democrat’s current bill would go further than her 1994 law, which was sunsetted. (Associated Press)
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of the dignitaries on hand as President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. The Supreme Court will start hearing arguments on the law's insurance mandate on March 26. (Associated Press)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of the dignitaries on hand as President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. The Supreme Court will start hearing arguments on the law's insurance mandate on March 26. (Associated Press)
  • Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate candidate, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate candidate, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)
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  • U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni announces at a news conference in Honolulu on Monday, March 18, 2013, that authorities have charged Benjamin Pierce Bishop, a U.S. Pacific Command defense contractor, with giving defense secrets to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni announces at a news conference in Honolulu on Monday, March 18, 2013, that authorities have charged Benjamin Pierce Bishop, a U.S. Pacific Command defense contractor, with giving defense secrets to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • Illustration: U.N. gun grabbing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington TimesIllustration: U.N. gun grabbing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times
  • **FILE** In this photo from Nov. 17, a Transportation Security Administration agent performs an enhanced pat-down on a traveler at a security area at Denver International Airport in Denver. The TSA has demonstrated a knack for ignoring the basics of customer relations, while struggling with what experts say is an all but impossible task. (Associated Press/The Denver Post)**FILE** In this photo from Nov. 17, a Transportation Security Administration agent performs an enhanced pat-down on a traveler at a security area at Denver International Airport in Denver. The TSA has demonstrated a knack for ignoring the basics of customer relations, while struggling with what experts say is an all but impossible task. (Associated Press/The Denver Post)
  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks about the situation in Syria during a news conference Thursday at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Associated Press)United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks about the situation in Syria during a news conference Thursday at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Associated Press)
  • ** FILE ** President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during their joint news conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

** FILE ** President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk during their joint news conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • ** FILE ** Prosecutors say James Holmes, seen here in court July 23, 2012, was banned from the University of Colorado. (Associated Press)** FILE ** Prosecutors say James Holmes, seen here in court July 23, 2012, was banned from the University of Colorado. (Associated Press)
  • ** FILE ** New York state troopers investigate a fatal accident in which eight people were killed July 26 in Hawthorne, N.Y. A medical examiner found that the driver traveling the wrong way on the highway was legally drunk and high on marijuana.** FILE ** New York state troopers investigate a fatal accident in which eight people were killed July 26 in Hawthorne, N.Y. A medical examiner found that the driver traveling the wrong way on the highway was legally drunk and high on marijuana.
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The TSA reportedly humiliated a wounded Marine and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun control bill was shot down in the Senate.

On the international stage, president Obama visited the Middle East while a shadow war rages between Iran and Israel. The United Nations mulled ways to enforce a global consensus on gun control.

Here’s a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:

  • Bill Maher threatens to leave California — due to high taxes

Liberal HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher says he may leave California, due to the state’s high tax rate. “Liberals,” he said, during a recent broadcast,” you could actually lose me.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, suggested raising the minimum wage to $22 per hour is only logical if you look at the numbers.

The Obama administration’s top deportation official acknowledged on Tuesday that he could have asked Congress for flexibility to avoid having to release more than 2,000 immigrants back onto the streets ahead of the budget sequesters, but he decided the releases were a better option.

A U.S. defense contractor who works in intelligence at the military’s Pacific Command in Hawaii has been charged with passing classified national security information to a 27-year-old Chinese woman he was dating.

Transportation Security Administration inspectors forced a wounded Marine who lost both of his legs in an IED blast and who was in a wheelchair to remove his prosthetic legs at one point, and at another point to stand painfully on his legs while his wheelchair was examined, according to a complaint a congressman has registered with the TSA.

President Obama said getting a national “assault weapon” ban was one of his major policy goals of the year. He has already failed.

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