Obama to outline actions on gun control: The executive actions will expand background checks for some purchases and increase enforcement of gun regulations. The president will outline the actions today and address them Thursday at a town hall-style meeting in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kuwait recalls its envoy from Iran: The move comes a day after two other allies of Saudi Arabia—Bahrain and Sudan—severed diplomatic relations with Tehran, and a third, the United Arab Emirates, downgraded them. The rising tensions come after Iranians stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in an apparent demonstration against the execution by Saudi Arabia of a Shiite cleric. Saudi Arabia has also cut ties with Iran.
Oregon standoff continues: The takeover by an armed militia of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues this morning. David Ward, the sheriff of Harney County, read a message to the group on Monday afternoon: “Go home.” Update: More here