Guns: Vice President Joe Biden will meet with the National Rifle Association today, having met with gun-control proponents yesterday. Biden vowed that Obama would consider executive action on gun control. The Washington Post reports.
Treasury: President Obama is expected to nominate his chief of staff Jack Lew as the next Treasury secretary this afternoon. Reuters reports that he will be a key player in the upcoming negotiations to cut debt and reign in spending. Some have mocked Lew's loopy, illegible signature which will likely appear on currency.
Chavez: It's inauguration day in Venezuela, but President Hugo Chavez won't be there. Instead, he's still recovering from cancer treatment in Cuba. CNN reports.
Illness: More Americans have fallen ill this winter, as a particularly strong flulike illness due in part to an aggressive strain of the virus, a new norovirus and the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 60 years. The New York Times reports.
Mortgage Rules: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will release new rules Thursday that will restrict subprime lending which led to the financial crisis. NPR reports.