January 13th, 2013
09:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Surprise! Bill Clinton appears at the Golden Globes

(CNN) – The 42nd U.S. president introduced the 16th president Sunday night at a star-studded awards ceremony - well, kind of.

Former President Bill Clinton was on hand to present a clip for "Lincoln," the biographical film nominated for best motion picture - drama at the 70th annual Golden Globes. Receiving a 30-second standing ovation, the president walked in to deliver brief remarks about the film.
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Senators gear up for Hagel's confirmation, many with questions
January 13th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Senators gear up for Hagel's confirmation, many with questions

(CNN) – Now that Chuck Hagel has been nominated for defense secretary, the former Republican senator from Nebraska faces what many expect to be an uphill battle for confirmation in the Senate.

Hagel took quite a pounding from some senators and independent groups on both sides of the aisle in the days before last week's announcement, with many of them taking issue with some of Hagel's positions and comments dealing with Iran, Iraq and Israel in particular.
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Washington preps for inauguration
Military, law enforcement and the press go throuohg a parade rehearsal on Sunday, January 13, 2013, for the 44th Presidential Inauguration of President Obama.
January 13th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Washington preps for inauguration

(CNN) – "Practice makes perfect," or so the saying goes, and it was practice time in Washington on Sunday, one week ahead of Inauguration Day.

Hundreds of band members, military personnel, media and law enforcement took part in an exercise to rehearse both the swearing-in ceremony and the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, scheduled to take place a week from Monday, helping to make sure they get the real thing right.
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Filed under: Inauguration • President Obama • Washington D.C.
January 13th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle

(CNN) – When a set of recommendations to reduce gun violence hits President Barack Obama's desk on Tuesday, it will trigger a new stage in a decisive political battle consuming Washington. And it will show just how much America may have changed in the wake of last month's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

The proposals from a White House task force may include some with broad support on issues involving mental health. But one of the most intense flashpoints is already known: The group, overseen by Vice President Joe Biden, is expected to support reinstating an assault weapons ban.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Biden • NRA • President Obama
Staying coy, Booker’s not ‘ruling out anything’ for 2014
January 13th, 2013
01:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Staying coy, Booker’s not ‘ruling out anything’ for 2014

(CNN) – Cory Booker revealed little Sunday about plans to explore a Senate seat next year and potentially challenge a fellow Democrat, incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

The Newark, New Jersey, mayor - who passed on running against Gov. Chris Christie in this year’s gubernatorial race - filed formal paperwork last week to open up a Senate campaign committee, but added it was only done out of precaution.
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Filed under: Cory Booker • Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
'I'm still a Republican,' Powell says
January 13th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
1 year ago

'I'm still a Republican,' Powell says

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he's still a member of the Republican Party, despite voting for President Barack Obama in the last two elections and being very critical of the GOP of late.

"I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem - and I'm still a Republican," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "But in recent years there's been a significant shift to the right, and we've seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns."
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Manchin: Federal gun legislation must be 'comprehensive'
January 13th, 2013
12:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Manchin: Federal gun legislation must be 'comprehensive'

(CNN) - It can't just be about guns.

That's the message Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia expressed Sunday morning about the ongoing debate over how to prevent gun violence.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Manchin • West Virginia
Colin Powell is bucking his own party, again
January 13th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Colin Powell is bucking his own party, again

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense last week, criticism came in swiftly from several Republicans. But there's one member of the GOP who couldn't be more supportive of Hagel, and that's former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

For starters, Powell said Sunday that Hagel would be an excellent fit for defense secretary because of his military service in Vietnam, where Hagel was wounded twice.
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Connecticut senator: 'This is not your father's NRA'
January 13th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Connecticut senator: 'This is not your father's NRA'

(CNN) – Sen. Chris Murphy doesn't share the National Rifle Association's assessment that Congress won't pass an assault weapons ban.

"I think (the NRA) is wrong," the Connecticut Democrat said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think that this issue is going to continue to move."
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Filed under: Chris Murphy • Congress • Gun rights • NRA • TV-State of the Union
NRA president says gun control efforts will crumble in Congress
January 13th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
1 year ago

NRA president says gun control efforts will crumble in Congress

(CNN) - As debate thunders through Washington over a ban on assault weapons, the president of the powerful National Rifle Association said Sunday he believes there's not enough support on Capitol Hill for such legislation to pass.

"I would say that the likelihood is they're not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress," David Keene said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA • TV-State of the Union
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