Obama, Boehner move closer on taxes, spending cuts
December 17th, 2012
11:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama, Boehner move closer on taxes, spending cuts

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama responded on Monday to House Speaker John Boehner's offer to compromise on tax rate increases with his own compromise on both tax increases and spending cuts, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Obama's latest offer brings the two sides billions of dollars closer to a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, which promises tax increases on income of all levels and across-the-board spending cuts in the new year.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner • President Obama
Solemn words on Capitol Hill in wake of shooting
December 17th, 2012
11:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Solemn words on Capitol Hill in wake of shooting

(CNN) - Legislators from around the country rose to the microphone in the House and Senate Monday with heavy hearts in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting that left 20 young students and six adults dead.

Both sides of the capitol observed a moment of silence and members from around the country offered tributes.
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Filed under: Chris Murphy • Congress • Connecticut
Sen-elect Joe Donnelly, pro-gun Democrat, now open to gun control measures
December 17th, 2012
08:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen-elect Joe Donnelly, pro-gun Democrat, now open to gun control measures

Washington (CNN) – Another pro-gun Democrat who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association told CNN Monday that he's open to looking at new legislation to tighten gun laws in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, who will replace retiring GOP Sen. Dick Lugar, told CNN said he's committed to looking at legislation to address the shooting.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Donnelly
Connecticut governor calls for tighter gun laws
December 17th, 2012
06:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Connecticut governor calls for tighter gun laws

(CNN) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy called for federal legislators to act on gun control legislation in the wake of shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and said laws could have been in place which may have prevented this shooting.

"Do I think Washington, D.C., needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun control laws at the federal level?" he asked. "You bet I do."
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Filed under: Connecticut • Dan Malloy • Gun rights
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dead at 88
December 17th, 2012
05:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye dead at 88

(CNN) – Daniel Inouye, the Medal of Honor-winning World War II veteran who represented Hawaii in the Senate for five decades, has died at age 88, his office announced Monday.

Inouye had been hospitalized for "respiratory complications" after starting treatment to regulate his oxygen intake last week, his spokesman, Peter Boylan, told CNN earlier Monday.

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Filed under: Daniel Inouye • Senate
CNN's GUT CHECK for December 17, 2012
December 17th, 2012
04:51 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 17, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 17, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HEATING UP: OBAMA, BOEHNER MEET AGAIN TO TALK FISCAL CLIFF President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Monday after the top Republican negotiator made concessions over the weekend that moved the talks to a new level. The 45-minute meeting was their third face-to-face discussion in eight days, a sign of acceleration in the negotiations that seek to avert the automatic tax increases and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff set to take effect in the new year. – Dana Bash. Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen

OR, NOT? FISCAL CLIFF THREATS RATCHET UP… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that the Senate may have to return after Christmas in order to complete negotiations on the fiscal cliff. “It appears at this stage - we’ll see if anything changes - but it appears we’re going to be coming back the day after Christmas to complete work on the fiscal cliff,” Reid said in a speech on the Senate floor.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 17, 2012
December 17th, 2012
04:51 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 17, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 17, 2012 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HEATING UP: OBAMA, BOEHNER MEET AGAIN TO TALK FISCAL CLIFF President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Monday after the top Republican negotiator made concessions over the weekend that moved the talks to a new level. The 45-minute meeting was their third face-to-face discussion in eight days, a sign of acceleration in the negotiations that seek to avert the automatic tax increases and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff set to take effect in the new year. – Dana Bash. Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen

OR, NOT? FISCAL CLIFF THREATS RATCHET UP… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that the Senate may have to return after Christmas in order to complete negotiations on the fiscal cliff. “It appears at this stage - we’ll see if anything changes - but it appears we’re going to be coming back the day after Christmas to complete work on the fiscal cliff,” Reid said in a speech on the Senate floor.

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Filed under: 2012
Bush to auction his truck for charity
December 17th, 2012
04:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Bush to auction his truck for charity

(CNN) - It's a chance to own a piece of presidential history.

And it's got horsepower.
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Filed under: President George W. Bush • Texas
Warner says 'enough is enough' on gun violence
December 17th, 2012
03:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Warner says 'enough is enough' on gun violence

(CNN) – Another high-profile Democrat with strong backing from the National Rifle Association said Monday it was time for tougher gun laws.

"I believe every American has Second Amendment rights. The ability to hunt is part of our culture. I have an NRA rating of an 'A,' but enough is enough," Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told WBBT, a local CNN affiliate in Richmond.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Mark Warner • Virginia
Bloomberg expands on his call for gun control action
December 17th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
1 year ago

Bloomberg expands on his call for gun control action

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken advocate for increased gun control measures, on Monday added specifics to his calls for "immediate national action from the president and Congress" in the wake of Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

"The time for talk is over. Congress and the White House [have] to come up with something that stops this carnage no matter what the political ramifications are," Bloomberg said. "Somehow or other, we've come to think that getting reelected is more important than saving lives, that political power is more important than saving lives, that partisan politics is more important than saving lives. Enough."
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Filed under: Gun rights • Michael Bloomberg • New York
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