(CNN) - Meetings of his task force on gun violence twice were interrupted by news of school shootings, Vice President Joe Biden told House Democrats on Wednesday evening.
Biden used those instances to buttress the White House's agenda on the issue.
Leesburg, Virginia (CNN) - Two and a half weeks after President Barack Obama laid out his ambitious second term priorities during his inauguration speech, his Democratic allies in the House of Representatives are huddling to plot how those goals can be met while Republicans hold control of the chamber.
On their plate are proposals enacting new restrictions on owning guns, comprehensive immigration reform and mandatory spending cuts – all issues where Democrats and Republicans have traditionally been unable to find common ground.
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul advanced his foreign policy views in a speech on Wednesday that appeared to be aimed at showing his fluency in that arena, particularly on radical Islam, the suspected Iranian nuclear weapons program, and U.S. military involvement.
On some of those issues, he sounded tones similar to his father, the former three-time presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Rand Paul campaigned for his father, who drew attention for his libertarian views - which he described as non-interventionist but critics described as isolationist.
Washington (CNN) - Amid new controversy over his administration's targeted killing of American citizens, President Barack Obama has yielded to demands from Congress to turn over to them classified Justice Department legal advice justifying the policy.
The president's move comes on the eve of confirmation hearings Thursday for his CIA director-nominee John Brennan, and complaints from senators - including several Democrats - about secrecy surrounding the drone policy.
(CNN) - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin postponed a panel vote that had been expected on Thursday on the nomination of former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary.
The move came after Republicans demanded more financial information from Hagel, including details about compensation for speeches he delivered since leaving Capitol Hill.
(CNN) – The 2014 Senate race in Georgia has its first candidate.
Republican Rep. Paul Broun announced Wednesday he's running for the seat currently held by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who announced last month he's not seeking re-election.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: HAGEL VOTE DELAYED BY SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CARL LEVIN, D-MICHIGAN. “The committee’s vote on Senator Hagel’s nomination has not been scheduled. I had hoped to hold a vote on the nomination this week, but the committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete. I intend to schedule a vote on the nomination as soon as possible.”
PANETTA LEGACY WATCH: FIRST ON CNN: PANETTA TO RECOMMEND PAY CUT FOR MILITARY… Just days before he leaves office, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is recommending military pay be limited, effectively decreasing troop salaries next year Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1% increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department's 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1% but wants to still cut back on pay because of "budget uncertainties," a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7% increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis for military pay for the last several years. – Barbara Starr
SI SE PUEDE: RUBIO TO DELIVER STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH… Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union address next week, House Speaker John Boehner's office announced Wednesday. An aide to the senator gave CNN a preview of his remarks: “It’s worth noting that his speech will focus on the Republican Party’s agenda to grow the middle class. Immigration will likely be mentioned as one way to grow the economy, but the speech really is about the Republican Party’s commitment to limited government as the best way to help the middle class, and how it differs from the President’s plans for bigger government.”
Washington (CNN) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday became the latest Republican to support a controversial "Obamacare" provision, a move sure to earn the ire of conservatives.
In a statement, Snyder announced his support for the federal expansion of Medicaid funding – a key component of the nation's healthcare law. Snyder announced that his 2014 budget recommendation – to be officially unveiled on Thursday – would expand Michigan's Medicaid program.
(CNN) - Here we go: A new round of confrontation between the White House and Congress over the federal budget is in the offing, this time in a new attempt to avert the looming "sequestration" process.
What is sequestration?