(CNN) - Sen. John McCain opened his town hall meeting in Sun Lakes, Arizona, on Tuesday with an invitation to answer "any comments, questions, or insults that you may have."
He may have gotten what he wished for.
Washington (CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once seen as a rising political star, is expected to appear in federal court in Washington on Wednesday to admit he used campaign funds for personal expenses and gifts.
His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandra Stevens Jackson, will have her own court appearance a few hours later, when she is expected to plead guilty to filing false tax returns.
(CNN) - A Colorado state lawmaker apologized Tuesday for a remark on rape he made during a debate over gun control laws.
State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat, said the comment did not make his point, which was that a young woman who is in danger on a college campus would be better served by police call boxes, "safe zones" and whistles than a gun.
During the legislative debate, he said, "Because you just don't know who you are going to be shooting at," Salazar said. "If you feel like you're going to be raped or if you feel like someone's been following you around or if you feel like you're in trouble and when you may actually not be - that you pop out that gun and you pop - pop a round at somebody. And you might have just made a mistake."
(CNN) - Webster defines "sequester" as to set apart, or segregate. In Washington, it's a fancy word for forced spending cuts – and an example of how political leaders in both parties are failing to do their most basic job, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reports.
Washington (CNN) - If you're expecting last minute action from Congress to avoid the March 1 spending cut deadline, think again.
Congress isn't even in session this week, and lawmakers and aides from both parties say they don't expect anything to pass anytime soon. Why the lack of urgency?
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden explained the importance of gun safety to parents Tuesday with this analogy:
"You keep the cookies on the second shelf so they can't reach and then grab them all the time. People should not be in a position where their children have access to weapons and ammunition," he said.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BIDEN: THE SECOND AMENDMENT HAS LIMITS… Vice President Joe Biden during a Facebook Town Hall: "How can I say this politely? The law does, the Constitution does allow the government to conclude that there are certain types of weapons that no one can legally own. Now, if that were not the case then you should be able to go buy a flamethrower that the military has. You should be able to go, if you are a billionaire, buy an F-15 loaded with ordnance. You should be able to buy an M1 tank. You should be able to buy a machine gun. You should be able to buy a grenade launcher. You can’t do those things."
BUT WHAT DOES HE TELL HIS WIFE? See below…
(CNN) - It's an invitation one doesn't turn down, as Tiger Woods said: the offer to hit the links with the president.
The golf star said Tuesday that when he and President Barack Obama played on Sunday, they were on the same team.
(CNN) - As if the relationship between the tea party and veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove wasn't stained enough, the Tea Party Patriots apologized Tuesday for blasting out an email with an edited image of Rove wearing a Nazi uniform.
In the original fundraising message sent out Tuesday morning–with the subject line: "Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove's Face"–the group said "professional political cronies like Karl Rove are attacking the Tea Party movement."