Washington (CNN) - Now that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, her supporters are criticizing those who brought her down as well as President Barack Obama, a long-time friend, who they say left her twisting in the wind.
"I'm not just disappointed that President Obama didn't go forward (with the nomination). He accepted her resignation not to put her name forward," Donna Brazile, CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist, said on the Situation Room.
(CNN) – Lawmakers responded with condolences and some called for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of Friday's mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.
In one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning and opened fire on teachers and students. The dead include 20 children, six adults and the suspected shooter, who was apparently died by his own hand.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for December 14, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: Children and adults gunned down in Connecticut school massacre
– Mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
– 20 children, six adults are dead, police say
(CNN) – With just over two weeks for the White House and congressional Republicans to reach common ground on the nation's budget before the economy risks tipping over the so-called fiscal cliff, a group aimed at putting the U.S. on a better fiscal course released its first television ad highlighting a unified call to tame the nation's growing debt.
The Campaign to Fix the Debt, a non-partisan organization, released a 60-second spot that will run nationwide on national broadcast. It will also feature ads in subway stations. The group said the buy will total $3 million and begin airing this week.
Washington (CNN) - The White House said President Barack Obama supports reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons - a position he took in the 2008 campaign but failed to press during his first term.
"It does remain a commitment of his," presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters as the nation reeled from a mass shooting in Connecticut that mainly killed school children.
(CNN) - A somber President Barack Obama said Friday that "we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years" in reference to the Connecticut school shooting.
Wiping away tears and pausing to collect himself, Obama spoke of "beautiful little children" killed in the shooting, saying: "Our hearts are broken today."
He said the children killed in Connecticut, along with children killed in other tragedies, "are our children," and the nation must come together to prevent such incidents "regardless of the politics."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday ordered flags be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, December 18, following a deadly shooting in Connecticut. He wrote in a proclamation:
"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will make a statement at 3:15 p.m. ET, the White House said Friday.
(CNN) - Public officials reacted to the Friday shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where a law enforcement official said nearly 20 people died, at least 10 of them students.
President Barack Obama's spokesman said he and Obama "feel enormous sympathy" for the families of the children.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama has been informed of the school shooting in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said on Friday.
His press secretary Jay Carney said Obama was informed of the shooting at 10:30 a.m. ET by his homeland security adviser John Brennan.