(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on January 23 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, the office of Chairman Ed Royce announced Monday.
Clinton was scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill in December but canceled her testimony while being treated for illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain. The country's top diplomat returned to work last week.
(CNN) – Following a week of White House meetings on the gun control debate, Vice President Joe Biden spoke this weekend with family members of victims from last month's Newtown, Connecticut shooting, his son said Monday.
"My father's spent a lot of time working with all the stakeholders, from the NRA to sportsmen to victims to survivors," Beau Biden, attorney general of Delaware, said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "He was on the phone with many of the survivors of the tragedy in Connecticut."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 14, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: GEITHNER SENDS DEBT LIMIT LETTER TO CONGRESS… “Treasury currently expects to exhaust these extraordinary measures ('to avoid default on the nation’s obligations') between mid-February and early March of this year. … Congress should act as early as possible to extend normal borrowing authority in order to avoid the risk of default and any interruption in payments. If the extraordinary measures were allowed to expire without an increase in borrowing authority, Treasury would be left to fund the government solely with the cash we have on hand on any given day. As you know, cash would not be adequate to meet existing obligations for any meaningful length of time because the government is currently operating at a deficit.”
DEVELOPING: OBAMA SAYS GUN LOBBY STOKES FEAR OF FEDERAL ACTION… The gun lobby is "ginning up" fears the federal government will use the Newtown shooting, exactly one month ago, to seize Americans' guns, President Barack Obama said on Monday. At least part of the frenzy is little more than marketing, the president inferred. “It's certainly good for business he said,” responding at a news conference to a question about a spike in weapons sales and applications for background checks following the Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people, 20 of them children. – Michael Pearson
OBAMA HINTS AT EXECUTIVE ORDER … “I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president. And where you get a step that has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then I want to go ahead and take it,” Obama said. FULL TRANSCRIPT
New York (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration on Monday turned up the heat on Congress to raise the debt ceiling.
The Treasury Department, hours after President Obama again said he would not negotiate with Congress over the issue, said it will run out of ways to keep the country under the legal borrowing limit sometime between mid-February and early March.
Washington (CNN) – It was just a few words and a joke at that. But Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas broke his seven-year long silence on Monday when he spoke at oral arguments.
He made fun of lawyers from Yale, his law school alma mater.
(CNN) – Jenny Sanford, former first lady of South Carolina, said she has decided against running for an open Congressional seat in the Palmetto State, a move that could have positioned her in a bitter Republican primary battle against her ex-husband.
Saying she enjoys "private life," Sanford stressed that her time is better spent outside of Congress than inside the current environment of the House of Representatives.
Washington (CNN) - "I'm just a bill. Yes I am only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill."
"Conjunction Junction, what's your function." "My hero, zero." "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here."
These are some of the lyrics that live on 40 years after they premiered on Saturday mornings on ABC television as part of "Schoolhouse Rock."
Washington (CNN) – One month after the deadly shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut, a new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans support a number of gun control proposals. But the survey points to wide partisan, gender, and educational divides over some proposals.
According to a Pew Research Center poll, 85% of the public backs making private gun sales and purchases at gun shows subject to background checks, with comparable support across party lines. And the poll indicates that 80% favor laws to prevent mentally ill people from purchasing guns, with broad support from Democrats, Republicans and independent voters.
Washington (CNN) – Just wait and see.
That was President Barack Obama's response Monday to critics who have questioned why his second-term cabinet nominees have all been white males.