Feel like the headlines were a little scattered on Thursday?
An astute observation by Politico on that day's news cycle:
Facing a flood of tough headlines over its Syria policy, the White House chose Thursday as the ideal day to release major new policies on guns, gays and marijuana — three areas sure to excite President Barack Obama’s Democratic base.
The news came Thursday that married gay couples are now eligible for retroactive marriage federal tax benefits; obscure loopholes for gun importation and purchases are closing; and the Justice Department will forgo challenges to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. ...
A senior administration official said the busy news day is a coincidence.