(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia and "proud gun owner," said Monday he believes last week's Connecticut elementary school shooting should be the tipping point in the debate over limiting gun rights.
"Who would have ever thought, in America, or anywhere in the world, that children would be slaughtered?" he said on CNN's "Amanpour." "You know, that–it's changed me."
(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called former state Attorney General Henry McMaster at 10 p.m. Sunday night to tell him he will not be the pick to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican source told CNN Monday.
McMaster was one of five Republicans on Haley's short list of potential Senate appointees.
(CNN) – Election Day has long since passed and President Barack Obama remains the country's pick for the White House, but Monday marks the day electors from every state meet to officially vote the incumbent into office.
November 6 saw Obama pass the electoral threshold of 270 – from a total of 538 votes - as ballots from Ohio rolled in, besting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Ultimately, Obama won 332 electoral votes, with 51% of the popular vote, to Romney's 207, with 47% of the popular vote.
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CNN: Feinstein to introduce assault weapons ban bill
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday the president will soon have legislation "to lead on" in the gun control debate, announcing she will introduce a bill next month in the Senate to place a ban on assault weapons. "We'll be prepared to go, and I hope the nation will really help," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Gun rights legislation has gained renewed attention since Friday's deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 students and six adults dead.
CNN: Gun debate gains traction as some lawmakers say it’s time to act
Lawmakers tend to stay quiet in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings, hoping to avoid attempts to politicize such tragedy. But two days after the attack that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, lawmakers were eager to take on the gun debate Sunday – with many saying a tipping point had finally been reached to pass stricter laws. Another group of voices, however, argued that if Friday's tragedy proved anything, it was a need for more guns in the hands of people as a means for self-defense.