Sources: Congressional Hispanic Caucus members urged Obama not to unveil immigration bill
January 28th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
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Sources: Congressional Hispanic Caucus members urged Obama not to unveil immigration bill

Washington (CNN) – Some senior Democratic members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus used a private White House meeting Friday to urge President Obama not to unveil his own immigration legislation, for fear of blowing up delicate bipartisan talks, Democratic sources tell CNN.

This is significant for several reasons.
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Obama meets with police chiefs, sheriffs to talk guns
January 28th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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Obama meets with police chiefs, sheriffs to talk guns

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities about gun violence on Monday, keeping the issue in the spotlight as the administration pushes for stricter firearm regulations.

"No group is more important for us to listen to than our law enforcement officials," Obama said. "They're where our rubber hits the road."
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden • President Obama
How the Senate immigration plan came together
January 28th, 2013
11:09 AM ET
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How the Senate immigration plan came together

Washington (CNN) – The emerging immigration reform plan from a group of bipartisan senators, set to be announced Monday, is the product of a months-long process that began after this November's election, which saw overwhelming Latino support for President Barack Obama.

A source familiar with the plan's development told CNN Monday that the process began right after the election with a call from Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to Democrat Chuck Schumer, proposing they re-start their work on a comprehensive immigration bill that had broken down in 2010.
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Obama explains hesitancy in Syria
Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade take positions during heavy fighting in Damascus on Saturday, January 26.
January 28th, 2013
10:09 AM ET
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Obama explains hesitancy in Syria

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is still grappling with what role the United States should play in Syria's bloody conflict, which began nearly two years ago and has claimed the lives of 60,000 people, according to a United Nations estimate.

In interviews released Sunday, the president pushed back on criticism from political rivals that his administration has been overly detached from foreign unrest, including the ongoing Syrian civil war.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Obama • Syria
Possible compromise on immigration reform takes shape
January 28th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
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Possible compromise on immigration reform takes shape

Washington (CNN) - Undocumented immigrants would be able to seek legal status without first going home under a compromise framework floated Monday by a bipartisan group of senators, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The outline for a possible immigration reform bill reflects a Republican willingness to compromise on what President Barack Obama calls a top priority of his second term.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 28, 2013
January 28th, 2013
04:22 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 28, 2013

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: A month of outrage later, Senate to vote on Sandy relief
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on more than $50 billion in aid to Northeastern states battered by October's Superstorm Sandy, four weeks after a delay that sparked bipartisan fury.

CNN: Obama publicly thanks Clinton in '60 Minutes' interview
President Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton will go down "as one of the finest secretaries of state" as he sat next to her in their first joint interview Sunday night on CBS's "60 Minutes." "The main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say 'thank you,'" he said when asked why he wanted to do the interview with his former political foe.

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