(CNN) - Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina began fundraising for his 2014 efforts - presumably seeking cash for his campaign to return to the U.S. Senate.
It's an office he hasn't even taken yet.
Washington (CNN) - The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who was the second-longest serving member of Senate, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, his office said.
The high honor is one reserved for presidents and other significant civic figures.
(CNN) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that would have allowed concealed pistol license holders who undergo additional training to carry concealed pistols in schools and other public places, his office said Tuesday in a statement.
Snyder rejected the bill because it did not provide an opportunity for public places - such as schools, day care centers and hospitals - to exempt themselves from the provision, the statement said.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 18, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: NRA ANNOUNCES FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE; SAYS IT IS 'PREPARED... TO HELP MAKE SURE THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN’… The National Rifle Association America on Tuesday released a statement on Friday's Newtown Elementary School shooting that left 26 people dead. “The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown,” reads the statement. “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again… The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21.”
DEVELOPING: AFTER SUSTAINED QUESTIONING BY CNN’S, BRIANNA KEILAR, WHITE HOUSE VOICES SUPPORT FOR GUN CONTROL... Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House briefing, speaking about President Obama: “He is actively supportive of, for example, Sen. Feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban. He supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole and there are other elements of gun law legislation that he could support. People have talked about high capacity ammunition clips, for example, and that is something certainly that he would be interested in looking at.” FULL TRANSCRIPT
FISCAL CLIFF WATCH: A senior House democrat tells CNN's Dana Bash that "the closer the president moves toward the speaker, the farther the speaker moves away."
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association said in a statement Tuesday it was "shocked, saddened and heartbroken" by news of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. It said it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
The group explained its several days of silence was "out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency."
It is the most prominent national gun rights group and spent $17 million this year on federal elections. Since Friday's shooting, several legislators have said they plan to submit, support, or consider strengthened federal gun legislation.
(CNN) - A second Republican governor on Tuesday expressed his openness to considering arming school personnel, including teachers, as a line of defense against violence such as the Friday shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell did not outwardly endorse such a plan, but cautioned against immediately rejecting it.
(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is "on the mend" and working from home, the State Department’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Clinton had been recovering from a bout of stomach flu last week when she fainted and ended up with a concussion. Clinton informed the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees this weekend that she would be unable to testify at upcoming hearings about the deadly events in Benghazi, Libya, at the advice of her doctors. In her place, deputies Thomas Nides and Bill Burns will testify on Thursday.
New York (CNNMoney) - More than half of Americans have received benefits from government entitlement programs during their lifetimes, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.
The study found that 55% of Americans have been on at least one of the six largest government safety net programs: unemployment benefits, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, Medicaid and Welfare.
(CNN) - High-ranking Democratic senators may shift committees following the death Monday of longtime Sen. Daniel Inouye, who chaired the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
The senior Democrat on the spending panel is considering taking over as chairman, a Democratic source said. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, a position he would have to give up if he took over Appropriations. If he does, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, currently the chairwoman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee is poised to take over the Judiciary panel, another Democratic aide said. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over gun control laws, an issue Feinstein has championed.