White House responds to Death Star petition: No
January 11th, 2013
10:42 PM ET
2 years ago

White House responds to Death Star petition: No

(CNN) - It took no advice from the Imperial Senate to reach this conclusion: the U.S. government won't be building a Death Star.

A White House official responded Friday to an online petition on its website proposing the government turn what is “Star Wars” fiction into reality - you know, to boost the economy.
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Filed under: Technology • White House
Iowan hauls home 300 pounds of campaign memorabilia
McDowell, center, takes home the huge, 300-pound steel sign in the shape of Iowa with Mitt Romney's campaign logo engraved in it.
January 11th, 2013
08:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Iowan hauls home 300 pounds of campaign memorabilia

(CNN) - For the political junkie, these 300 pounds of steel are anything but junk.

So when Don McDowell, a 27-year-old Iowa Republican who collects campaign memorabilia, heard the huge metal plate in the shape of Iowa with Mitt Romney's campaign logo engraved in it was up for grabs, he rented a truck, rounded up his buddies and claimed the 8-foot-wide, 5-foot-high sign.
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Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney
Another prominent woman to depart White House
DeParle, right, walks with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett
January 11th, 2013
07:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Another prominent woman to depart White House

(CNN) – Nancy-Ann DeParle, among the most prominent women in President Barack Obama's inner circle, is set to depart her White House post after his second-term inauguration.

DeParle, deputy White House chief of staff, will join the Brookings Institution later this month and also begin lecturing at Harvard Law School. News of DeParle's departure was announced Friday by Brookings Institution's president, Strobe Talbott.

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Filed under: President Obama
No charges over NBC ammo clip display
January 11th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
2 years ago

No charges over NBC ammo clip display

Washington (CNN) - No employees of NBC will face criminal charges over the display of a high-capacity ammunition magazine on a "Meet the Press" program in violation of local law in Washington, prosecutors told the network on Friday.

The capital city's attorney general, Irvin Nathan, said in a letter to NBC there would be no charges, but added that it was "a very close decision."

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Filed under: Gun control
Wife of former Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns from Chicago City Council
January 11th, 2013
05:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Wife of former Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns from Chicago City Council

(CNN) - The wife of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who stepped down amid health concerns and investigations into financial improprieties, is also resigning her seat in government.

Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson is stepping down from the City Council on January 15, she said in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday. She has held the seat since 2007.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr. • Rahm Emanuel
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 11, 2013
January 11th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: WHITE HOUSE: STILL COMMITTED TO ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN... President Barack Obama will seek passage of an assault weapons ban as part of a larger push for new gun control laws, an administration official said Friday. White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said, “The president has been clear that Congress should reinstate the assault weapons ban and that avoiding this issue just because it's been politically difficult in the past is not an option.” – Jim Acosta

BIDEN LAMENTS NO “SILVER BULLET”: At a meeting with representatives from the video game industry, Biden told the assembled press... “We know that it is – there is no silver bullet. There is no, as one of my friends said, no seatbelt that you can put on to assure that you will not be in this circumstance again. But I have asked the Cabinet to come together – the attorney general, homeland security, Department of Education, Health and Human Services etc. - because we know this is a complex problem. We know there is no single answer and quite frankly, we don’t even know whether some of the things people think impact on this actually impact on it or not. So, I want you to know that you have not been quote – singled out for help.”

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for January 11, 2013
January 11th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING: WHITE HOUSE: STILL COMMITTED TO ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN... President Barack Obama will seek passage of an assault weapons ban as part of a larger push for new gun control laws, an administration official said Friday. White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said, “The president has been clear that Congress should reinstate the assault weapons ban and that avoiding this issue just because it's been politically difficult in the past is not an option.” – Jim Acosta

BIDEN LAMENTS NO “SILVER BULLET”: At a meeting with representatives from the video game industry, Biden told the assembled press... “We know that it is – there is no silver bullet. There is no, as one of my friends said, no seatbelt that you can put on to assure that you will not be in this circumstance again. But I have asked the Cabinet to come together – the attorney general, homeland security, Department of Education, Health and Human Services etc. - because we know this is a complex problem. We know there is no single answer and quite frankly, we don’t even know whether some of the things people think impact on this actually impact on it or not. So, I want you to know that you have not been quote – singled out for help.”

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Booker creates committee to unseat fellow Democrat
January 11th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Booker creates committee to unseat fellow Democrat

(CNN) - Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, has created an official campaign committee, marking a significant first step towards a 2014 Senate bid, Federal Election Commission documents show.

The non-descript but important paperwork registering "Cory Booker for Senate" was filed on Tuesday. It was first reported Friday by the Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey
Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea
January 11th, 2013
03:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea

(CNN) - Sen. Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Friday he may be open to a limited form of gun control - restricting the size of gun magazines - if that legislation does not violate the Constitutional protection of gun rights.

"I think that's a whole different issue and it can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation," Grassley told Iowa Public Television in an interview Friday.
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Filed under: Chuck Grassley • Dianne Feinstein
'A piece of the day'
January 11th, 2013
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Champagne glasses and buttons galore: Obama swag at Inaugural store

Washington (CNN) - If you are celebrating President Barack Obama's Inauguration this year, there's a button for that.

First dog Bo buttons, first lady Michelle buttons, Joe Biden buttons, "Hail to the Chief" buttons and, of course, Obama buttons litter the tables of the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 Official Store.

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Filed under: Inauguration
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