Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans are seeking more details on President Barack Obama's plan to reduce gun violence in schools.
In letters to members of Obama's Cabinet, they requested information about the president's time frame and funding plans for the implementation of 23 executive actions on gun control enacted in mid-January in response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December.
(CNN) - The Republican National Committee ended the election cycle with nearly $4.7 million in the bank, unlike President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and the Democratic National Committee - all in the red.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus said the committee's fundraising was "truly impressive" and that the committee raised $2.3 million in December, to close the year with the surplus - something the committee could not say after the 2010 midterm elections, under previous leadership.
(CNN) - This story is about a U.S. senator's alleged trips on a private plane to the Caribbean for sex parties with prostitutes.
If it proves to be true, it would most likely topple a powerful politician and affect President Barack Obama's ability to pass legislation. If it is false, it would raise questions about how government watchdog groups and the media handle anonymous tipsters and their information.
Washington (CNN) - Amardeep Kaleka will never forget the moment when his father laid on the ground and prayed.
Satwant Singh Kaleka had been shot five times while wresting a gunman in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. His turban was knocked off, and two kids and a priest crawled up beside him. Together, they prayed.
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association has been known as one of Washington's most powerful lobbies.
But some of the organization’s opponents have questioned whether the NRA holds the power it once did.
(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has been placed in the intensive care unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, his spokesman said Thursday.
Koch spokesman George Arzt, who spoke to the former mayor this morning, told CNN affiliate WCBS that the mayor "was in obvious discomfort."
Washington (CNN) - A past president and current board member of the National Rifle Association affirmed Thursday that the organization has changed its position on background checks for gun sales in recent years.
Sandy Froman said Thursday in a town hall on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" that the organization has changed its position since the organization's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, testified before the House Judiciary Committee in 1999.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 31, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BRUISED: WANNABE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ON THE DEFENSIVE… Several senators tell CNN’s Dana Bash that Chuck Hagel’s poor performance today is all the buzz. Hagel is “all the talk – I mean all the talk,” says one undecided senator, who noted that his colleagues are “shocked” by how ill-prepared he seems for basic questions about past controversial comments. Hagel is even struggling among those who support him; one Democrat on the Armed Services Committee shook his head in disbelief over Hagel and told Bash that he is surprised the former Nebraska senator is not being more forceful in his answers, especially since he has been on the other side of the dais and knows how this works.
A TASTE OF THE QUESTIONS: REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN AT HAGEL’S HEARING... “I think history has already made a judgment about the surge, sir, and you're on the wrong side of it and your refusal to answer whether you were right or wrong about it, it's going have an impact on my judgment as to whether to vote for your confirmation or not. I hope you will reconsider the fact that you refused to answer a fundamental question about an issue that took the lives of thousands of young Americans.”
REPUBLICAN SEN. JAMES INHOFE AT HAGEL’S HEARING: “The question I’d like to ask you, and you can answer for the record if you’d like, why do you think the Iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the Secretary of Defense?”
GUNS: TUNE IN… Anderson Cooper brings all of the critical voices in the national gun debate together in a special town hall airing tonight at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET. Check out What Caught Our Eye below for a preview of what to expect.
Washington (CNN) - Senators won't give their official reading of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's performance at Thursday's nomination hearing until they vote on his nomination to be defense secretary.
But some think Hagel didn't do so well.