(CNN) - Republican Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the new appointee to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, indicated Wednesday he may oppose any gun control legislation in the Senate next Congress, saying instead the larger issue is one of "moral decay."
"I think the solutions are not necessarily in new legislation. Perhaps the solution starts with us examining the mental condition of the person and the persons in the past that have had the desire to create the atrocities we have seen recently," he said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
(CNN) - Following an election marked by long lines, voter registration problems and delayed results in Florida, the state's governor continues to struggle with low approval numbers, according to a new poll.
Defending questions about the state's handling of Election Day, Republican Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday on CNN he was simply complying with the law.
(CNN) - With the shock and horror from Newtown giving way to anger and calls for action, President Barack Obama will announce his first concrete steps Wednesday in addressing the raging debate about gun policy.
Obama is expected to announce that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an inter-agency process to develop policy in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It's not such a wonderful life in “Boehnerville,” according to a new television advertisement from several labor groups.
Should House Speaker John Boehner have his way on budgetary matters - including a deal currently being negotiated to avert the fiscal cliff - the result would resemble something more akin to Pottersville than Bedford Falls from the classic holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life," the groups say.
New York (CNNMoney) - Budget experts in Washington have seen lots of "big" fiscal deals over the years that end up resulting in far less than advertised.
So they are watching closely to see what kind of a deal the White House and Congress make to avert the fiscal cliff.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - The payroll tax cut that boosted paychecks for millions of working Americans over the past two years may be on the brink of extinction.
As Republicans and Democrats search for a plan to avert a fiscal cliff, it's looking more likely that the payroll tax holiday introduced under President Obama in 2010 won't be extended. Should this benefit expire, 125 million households would see their paychecks shrink, the Tax Policy Center estimates.FULL STORY
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CNN Security Clearance: Benghazi review critical of State's diplomatic security
An independent review of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi criticizes the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security for its work in Libya before the event in which four Americans were killed, two sources who have read the report told CNN Tuesday. The senior management in charge of diplomatic security "does not come out well at all," said one of the sources.
CNN: NRA had been silent after shootings but may now be regrouping
As the nation sent up a collective wail of grief over the 26 people slaughtered in a Newtown, Connecticut, school last week, the nation's leading gun rights lobby remained silent. Until now. Late Tuesday, the group broke that silence with a statement.