December 19th, 2012
09:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Tim Scott points to 'moral decay' after school shooting

(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."
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Filed under: Gun rights • South Carolina • Tim Scott
December 19th, 2012
08:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Florida voters give Gov. Scott low marks

(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.
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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Polls • Rick Scott
December 19th, 2012
07:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama named Time's 'Person of the Year'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine's 'Person of the Year,' the publication announced Wednesday.

Obama received the same recognition in 2008.

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Filed under: President Obama • Time.com
December 19th, 2012
07:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to lay out first steps in gun policy talks after Newtown tragedy

(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.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun rights • Joe Biden • President Obama
Labor unions cast Boehner as villain
December 19th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Labor unions cast Boehner as villain

(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.
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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
December 19th, 2012
05:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Budget experts: Fiscal cliff deal could disappoint

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.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Fiscal Cliff
What a new inflation measure would mean for your wallet
December 19th, 2012
05:55 AM ET
2 years ago

What a new inflation measure would mean for your wallet

New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama put a new offer on the table in the fiscal cliff negotiations, and it includes a wonky change that may raise your taxes and reduce your Social Security benefits ... a little.

The proposal centers around how the U.S. government calculates inflation.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Fiscal Cliff • Social Security
What happens if the payroll tax cut expires
December 19th, 2012
05:50 AM ET
2 years ago

What happens if the payroll tax cut expires

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.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Fiscal Cliff • Taxes
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
December 19th, 2012
04:43 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, December 19, 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 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.

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