Political Headlines - January 17, 2013

  • Obama launches gun control effort: President Obama outlined a broad proposal to prevent more mass shootings and attempted to rally public support for the effort. Globe politics reporters Matt Viser and Brian MacQuarrie cover.



  • Patrick pushes for income tax hike: Governor Deval Patrick called on legislators to raise the state ­income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent while cutting the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. Globe politics reporter Michael Levenson and State House bureau chief Frank Phillips outline.



  • Walmart's veterans program is temporary relief: Walmart promised to hire 100,000 recent veterans, but its plan won't give them sustained support and training that connect skills learned in the military with economic opportunities. Globe columnist Juliette Kayyem explains.