(CNN) - A conservative group is planning a television and online ad campaign urging senators to vote against former Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearings to be secretary of defense.
The American Future Fund plans to run television ads in Washington and in certain states against Obama's nominee, the group said, as well as print ads, web spots, and a website. They call it an "all the above" strategy that "will be nationwide, focused on the many disqualifying characteristics of the Hagel nomination – including not only his now well-known statements against Israel and his weak opposition to the Iranian nuclear threat, but also his to be disclosed personal, business and ethical conflicts."
Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - Former 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan plans to attend Monday's inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The lawmaker from Wisconsin told reporters at the House Republican retreat in Williamsburg that he would be at the Washington ceremony, saying "it's my obligation."
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's political operation began asking its wide network of backers Thursday to voice their support for the president's gun violence proposals, the first step in Obama for America's post-campaign iteration.
An email from Obama's 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina asks supporters to "stand with President Obama in tackling this critical issue," directing readers to a webpage with a button to express support for Obama's plan, which includes executive actions and legislative proposals to curb gun violence.
(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on last year's U.S Consulate attack in Libya before the Senate Foreign Relations committee on January 23, the same day she'll appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Senate committee announced Thursday.
Presided by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, the hearing will start at 9 a.m. ET.
(CNN) – The stringent gun laws pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the state legislature this week are viewed favorably by large majorities of voters in the state, a Siena College poll released Thursday indicated.
Those measures include a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, which 73% of New York voters support. Ninety-one percent approve of increasing penalties for purchasing illegal guns and using guns on school grounds.
Washington (CNN) - Four possible 2016 GOP White House hopefuls will speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, a popular cattle call for Republicans considering bids for the White House.
CNN has learned that 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum will address CPAC. A senior adviser to the former two-term senator from Pennsylvania says Santorum has accepted an invitation to speak at the conference, which this year will be held March 14-16.
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CNN: Obama-backed gun bills considered a long shot in Congress
Despite supporters' hopes that this time it's different, President Barack Obama's new call for restricting some semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines will face deeply entrenched resistance in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and could be a long shot even in the Democratic-led Senate.
CNN: Obama expected to name McDonough next chief of staff
President Barack Obama is expected to name Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as the next White House chief of staff, several sources familiar with the matter told CNN. McDonough would replace Jack Lew, who has been nominated for secretary of the Treasury Department.