(CNN) – Legislators reacted Wednesday to President Barack Obama's gun violence proposals, including the reinstatement of an assault weapons ban and a set of directives for his administration to accomplish.
(CNN) – Flanked by children who wrote letters concerned about gun violence and speaking before family members of those who lost loved ones to shootings, President Barack Obama laid out his gun proposals Wednesday before signing 23 executive actions that don't require congressional approval.
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Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his gun violence reduction plans, including 23 steps his administration plans to take unilaterally and several legislative proposals.
He will advocate for reinstatement and strengthening the assault weapons ban, a ten-round limit for ammunition magazines, increasing access to mental health, and requiring a criminal background check on every gun sale.
Washington (CNN) – A television ad from the National Rifle Association which features President Barack Obama's children elicited a sharp, angry response from the White House Wednesday.
"Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight," Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. "But to go so far as to make the safety of the president's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly."
Washington (CNN) - Unlike most issues these days that divide along party lines, the immediate fate of President Obama's new gun proposals will depend not as much on Republicans, as his fellow Democrats in the Senate.
Senate Democratic leadership sources admit to CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult, because more than a dozen vulnerable Democrats from conservative states will likely resist much of what the president is pushing.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama announces a package of proposals to limit gun violence, a new national survey indicates that his approval rating may be edging up.
The CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll (PDF) also indicates that a majority of Americans support stricter gun control laws in the wake of the shooting rampage at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Washington (CNN) - The morning Thomas Jefferson was sworn in as the nation's third president, he declined the seven horses and two carriages that were ready to ferry him from his boarding house to the Senate chamber where he would take the oath of office.
Instead, Jefferson walked, followed by congressmen and onlookers, according to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold nomination hearings for former Sen. Chuck Hagel on January 31, the committee announced Wednesday. Hagel was nominated by President Barack Obama to become secretary of defense.
His nomination has been met with reservations by some senators of both parties, who point to past positions he has taken on Israel, Iran, and his 2007 comment that a "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."
(CNN) – Democratic candidates for mayor in New York City, including frontrunner Christine Quinn, hold early leads against potential GOP rivals in a new poll released Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University survey showed Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, with a strong lead over her Democratic primary rivals, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller William Thompson.
(CNN) - There's one thing many Democratic and Republican members of Congress have in common: They're rich.
The 113th Congress, which convened the first week of January, has slightly more wealth than members of Congress the previous year, according to new research from the Center for Responsive Politics.