(CNN) - National Rifle Association President David Keene said Thursday that schools across the country should decide how best to defend students and faculty.
"Some will want police officers there. Others of them will want private security guards," he said in a CNN interview. "There may be some place they want volunteers to do it. We're willing to work with everybody on those questions."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Before cutting his holiday vacation short, President Barack Obama phoned the top four leaders in the U.S. Congress - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Obama's communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced the call on Twitter:
President Obama spoke to all four Congressional leaders yesterday before departing for Washington, DC—
Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) December 27, 2012
(CNN) - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will step down after the president's January State of the Union speech, the agency said Thursday.
Jackson thanked President Obama for having placed her in the post four years ago and said she leaves the EPA "confident the ship is sailing in the right direction."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will discuss the looming fiscal cliff impasse Friday at the White House, spokespeople for the president and House Speaker John Boehner said.
The meeting will come days before the deadline to reach a deal that would prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts, and after another day of Republicans and Democrats blaming each other for the stalemate.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - The number of newly unemployed seeking jobless benefits fell more sharply than expected last week, according to the government's latest reading on the state of the labor market.
There were 350,000 filing for initial jobless claims in the week, down from the 362,000 who sought assistance a week earlier. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast 375,000 would be seeking help last week.FULL STORY
(CNN) – A group representing gay Republicans took out a full page newspaper ad Thursday lambasting former Sen. Chuck Hagel, who President Barack Obama is considering for his next defense secretary.
“Chuck Hagel: Wrong on gay rights, wrong on Iran, wrong on Israel,” the ad from the Log Cabin Republicans read. It appeared in Thursday’s New York Times.
(CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday turned down a request that she block part of Obamacare that would require companies' health plans to provide for coverage of certain contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Mardel, Inc. and five family members involved in ownership and control of the corporations had protested the requirement, which is to kick in January 1.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A plurality of Americans think President Barack Obama will do a better job during his second term than he did in his first term in the White House, according to a new national survey.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday morning indicates that 46% say they expect Obama will do a better job as president over the next four years than he did the past four years, with 22% saying he'll do a worse job, and just over three in ten saying he'll perform about the same as he did in his first term.
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CNNMoney: Geithner: U.S. to hit debt ceiling on Monday
Government borrowing will hit the debt ceiling on Monday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a letter to Congress Wednesday. As a result, the Treasury Department will soon start using what it calls "extraordinary measures" to prevent government borrowing from exceeding the legal limit.
CNN: Source: Reid looking for votes on fiscal cliff package
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in conjunction with the White House, is working to see if the scaled back fiscal cliff package President Barack Obama laid out last week can get through Congress before December 31st. Reid has made clear in private conversations he does not want to bring any bill to the Senate floor unless he is sure it will pass both the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-held House.