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Self-Assured Obama Will Leave It on the Field for Gun Control

  • Obama will enact new restrictions on gun sales early in 2016
  • Move invites political and legal challenges in election year
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Obama News Conference: Spending Bill, Syria, Climate Deal

President Barack Obama can look back on 2015 and take credit for landmark deals over Republican objections on climate, Iran and government spending. The year 2016 may be a tougher stretch, because he’s promising action on another thorny issue: gun control.

The new gun rules -- coming in weeks, White House Communications Director Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday -- open a final year in office for Obama in which he will employ his personal authority to win major policy changes and assert himself in the November elections, making him far more visible than his predecessors, aides said.