Chicago (CNN) – Two street gang members have been arrested and charged in the killing of the young Chicago honor student whose death after her appearance at an event before the inauguration of President Barack Obama shocked the nation, a police source told CNN on Monday.
The men face one charge of murder and two charges of attempted murder, the source told CNN.
Washington (CNN) – Don’t look for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to choose between celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Karl Rove, the Bush adviser who’s been at the end of Trump’s ire on Twitter.
“I know both of them. They're all good Republicans. We have good disagreements, just like the other side. And when you lose after a presidential race, there's always this soul searching. I think it's healthy,” McDonnell said on Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Erin Burnett Outfront.”
Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama speaks on Capitol Hill Tuesday night he'll have a club in one hand and an olive branch in another, figuratively speaking.
According to Democrats close to the administration, he'll challenge Republicans to get on board with his economic agenda, including his plans for deficit reduction, broad tax reform and new investments.
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(CNNMoney) – Apple CEO Tim Cook has made it onto a very short list: He'll be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union on Tuesday.
Cook will sit with the First Lady in special box seats, said a source with knowledge of the matter. The First Lady's other guests at the 2013 State of the Union include the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old girl shot and killed in Chicago last month. Monday's Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha will also be Obama's guest.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING: HAGEL VOTE COMING TUESDAY, WITH HIS PROSPECTS IMPROVING… The Senate Armed Services Committee will vote on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary at 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the panel’s chairman, Carl Levin, said. … CNN learned last week there were at least five Republican senators who would oppose a filibuster, essentially ensuring the embattled nominee will be approved in the coming days. "There's a whole lot of hype and drama, but if he has 60 votes, he has 60 votes. And he probably does," a senior GOP Senate aide told CNN on Monday. – Ted Barrett and Gloria Borger
CASTELLANOS PREVIEWS THE STATE OF THE UNION WITH A QUESTION: WILL OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION HURT DEMOCRATS? CNN contributor and Republican strategist Alex Castellanos writes for CNN.com/Opinion: “If Barack Obama had previewed his inaugural speech before the November election, would he have been able to give it in January? Apparently, our president did not think so. From the first days of his re-election campaign until as recently as a month ago, President Obama described himself “a pretty practical guy” who is “not driven by some ideological agenda.” Dispensing with that fiction in his inaugural address, he's been commended for finally and honestly revealing himself. No longer is Barack Obama a national Rorschach test in which anyone can see anything. He has staked his ground: President Obama is an unabashed advocate of the old-fashioned American left. That's not good news for Democrats who have trekked with him to the end of an ideological limb.” – Alex Castellanos
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will spend the bulk of Tuesday's State of the Union address talking about jobs and the economy, administration officials have told CNN.
But as he addresses the joint session of Congress, one group in the House chamber will be listening for something else: the president's remarks on gun control.
Washington (CNN) – Both sides from the dueling responses to the president’s State of the Union speech are treading carefully heading into Tuesday.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is giving the official Republican response to the president’s speech. Rubio’s colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will deliver the reaction from the Tea Party Express.
(CNN) – Eight weeks after the Connecticut elementary school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden emphasized a pressing need to continue pushing for tighter gun laws–and tried to throw water on fears that new restrictions may impose on ownership rights.
"If we remain silent in the face of this tragedy, I think we're going to be judged really harshly," he said Monday. "I really mean that."
(CNN) - Republican attempts at honing their message to become more inclusive are merely superficial ploys, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee declared Monday.
"You can't put lipstick on a pig," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on a conference call prebutting Tuesday night's Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.