(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, was arrested early Sunday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, and charged with driving under the influence, according to the town's police department.
Jody Donaldson, an Alexandria police spokesman, said Crapo was arrested by an officer at 12:45 a.m. ET after the officer noticed Crapo's vehicle running a red light.
(CNN) – Republicans on Sunday were reticent in voicing support for the National Rifle Association's scheme to place guards with firearms in American schools, though they also appeared to find little common ground with Democrats, who want tighter restrictions on purchasing assault weapons.
Lawmakers from both parties have agreed that some changes are needed following the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting on December 14 that left 28 people dead, including 20 children. But while Democrats advocate new legislation making it harder to obtain military-style firearms, Republicans claim such measures have proved ineffective in the past.
(CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Sunday they believe President Barack Obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff for political purposes.
“I think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. He gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. He gets to cut the military, which Democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame Republicans for it,” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said on “Fox News Sunday.”
(CNN) – Former Sen. Chuck Hagel's name has yet to be officially sent to the Senate for confirmation as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense, yet he faced a wave of skepticism from lawmakers Sunday about past positions on Iran that appear out of line with Obama's own policies.
"A lot of Republicans are going to ask him hard questions," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I don't think he's going to get many Republicans' votes. I like Chuck, but his positions are really out of the mainstream and well to the left of the president."
(CNN) – With the president and Congress on Christmas vacation - and no deal struck on avoiding the fiscal cliff - one retiring senator predicted Sunday that Washington would be bustling with negotiations as the clock ticks toward 2013.
"We're going to be here New Year's Eve," Sen. Joe Lieberman said on CNN's "State of the Union," offering less-than-rosy prospects for the possibility of a debt-reduction deal by midnight on December 31.
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association made clear Sunday it will not budge on its opposition to any new gun laws, despite heated criticism of the organization's response to the Connecticut school massacre.
"I know this town wants to argue about gun control," NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre told NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington. "I don't think it will work."
(CNN) – The man charged with developing the National Rifle Association's program to place armed guards in American schools defended the controversial plan Sunday against critics who claim it's a dangerous diversion from new gun restrictions.
Asa Hutchinson, a former U.S. congressman and Drug Enforcement Administration chief, said the NRA's system would help protect students against shooters like the one who killed 20 first-graders in Connecticut on December 14. Hutchinson said his "high-level panel of experts" would present educators with safety options, including detailed instructions on placing armed personnel in schools.