Shooting forces both sides to work harder on cliff, Boehner says
December 18th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Shooting forces both sides to work harder on cliff, Boehner says

(CNN) – As proposals and plans fly between Capitol Hill and the White House, House Speaker John Boehner says negotiators are working at an increased pace to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff after Friday's deadly massacre in Connecticut.

Asked Tuesday whether the school shooting – which left 26 people dead, including 20 children – had created a greater urgency in striking a deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts, Boehner said it had.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
December 18th, 2012
11:19 AM ET
1 year ago

Video: Rep. Barber on gun control legislation

(CNN) - Rep. Ron Barber, who was shot during the attempt on Gabby Giffords' life, discusses his support for gun control.


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Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'
December 18th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'

(CNN) – Amid calls for tighter restrictions on guns following last week's deadly rampage in Connecticut, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said at a tea party event Monday that anyone with a concealed handgun license in the Lone Star State should be able to take guns on public property – including schools.

"In the state of Texas, with our concealed handgun license, if you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun license carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state," said Perry, who later added a person has the right to prohibit guns on their private property.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Rick Perry
December 18th, 2012
10:53 AM ET
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Boehner proposes short-term tax fix; Democrats say no

Washington (CNN) – In the chess match of the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are narrowing the divide between their positions while contending with discontent among their respective ranks.

Boehner on Tuesday proposed what recently was the unthinkable for Republicans - letting tax rates go up on income above $1 million as a short-term step to avoid some of the fiscal cliff while continuing to negotiate a broader deal.

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Inouye gave preference for successor before he died
December 18th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
1 year ago

Inouye gave preference for successor before he died

(CNN) – Sen. Daniel Inouye named U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his preferred successor before his death Monday in a letter to Hawaii's governor, his office said.

Hanabusa, a first term Democrat, represents Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.
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GOP working on 'plan B' to stop tax hikes
December 18th, 2012
09:31 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP working on 'plan B' to stop tax hikes

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner will propose letting tax rates go up on income over $1 million as a short-term step to avoid some of the fiscal cliff while continuing to negotiate a broader deal with President Barack Obama, a Republican source said Tuesday.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
Parents await fate of four key tax breaks
December 18th, 2012
07:29 AM ET
1 year ago

Parents await fate of four key tax breaks

(CNNMoney) - As the countdown to a fiscal cliff reaches its final days, four key tax breaks for parents are hanging in the balance.

Lawmakers and President Obama continue to butt heads about which tax cuts should be extended. And unless a deal is inked by the end of the year, the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit and the American Opportunity Credit will revert to lower levels on Jan. 1.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Taxes
Gun lobby has laid groundwork against any new laws
December 18th, 2012
07:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Gun lobby has laid groundwork against any new laws

Washington (CNNMoney) – A cacophony of calls to change gun laws has emerged after last week's tragedy in Connecticut, and the National Rifle Association has kept quiet.

But no one expects silence from the NRA once President Obama or members of Congress make any move to change the laws.

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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
December 18th, 2012
04:48 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Obama, Boehner move closer on taxes, spending cuts
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.

CNN: Lawmakers seem prepared to tackle gun control: 'This one feels different'
In Washington and around the country, the legacy left by the 26 people - 20 of them young children - slaughtered in a school shooting on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, might indeed be meaningful legislative reform. Over the past few days, several lawmakers have promised to introduce or reintroduce gun control legislation, ranging from a reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons to banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.

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Dole remembers his friend and fellow veteran
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in World War II.
December 18th, 2012
12:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Dole remembers his friend and fellow veteran

(CNN) - Fellow World War II veteran and long-time Senate colleague Bob Dole remembered his friend Daniel Inouye as a man who "consistently demonstrated his honesty and integrity."

Inouye died of respiratory complications Monday evening. He was 88.

The two men met after both were injured in the war a week apart. They ended up in the same army hospital in Michigan, forming a bipartisan friendship that lasted for decades.

Dole, a Republican, has said Inouye, a Democrat, was the best bridge player in the hospital.

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Filed under: Bob Dole • Daniel Inouye
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