(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul ended his day-long filibuster at 12:38 a.m. Thursday, almost 13 hours after he began speaking. The Kentucky Republican tried to stall a confirmation vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan.
He took to the Senate floor at 11:47 a.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) – New legislation introduced Wednesday aims to close one loophole in the process of purchasing a gun.
The bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham and three other bipartisan lawmakers expands the scope of mental health information submitted to the background check system used by gun sellers. It has the backing of the National Rifle Association, and background check-related legislation has been considered the most likely of the various gun violence proposals to survive the legislative process.
(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, sounded optimistic Wednesday about getting legislation that would expand background checks passed.
"I think we've got a good working group that's been moving very, very favorably forward," he said Wednesday on CNN's The Situation Room.
(CNN) – So what was on the menu for Wednesday night's dinner between President Barack Obama and a group of Republican senators?
More importantly, who picked up the tab?
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is backing off his proposal to change Medicare for people who are now 57 and younger, after personally lobbying fellow Republicans to support that change.
Ryan, the Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate, had urged his GOP colleagues to support the entitlement reform as part of next year's GOP budget. But many House Republicans resisted, worried that the plan would be politically perilous because it would break the party's pledge not to include Americans who are now older than 55.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney will return to the private sector.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will join Solamere Capital, the investment firm founded by his eldest son, Tagg.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: HOUSE PASSES GOP MEASURE ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING… A House Republican measure to keep the government funded through September, while softening the impact of forced spending cuts on the military and veterans affairs programs won approval Wednesday … 50 Democrats joined most Republicans in supporting it. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. – Tom Cohen
FILLIBUSTERS EN VOGUE…
SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK FLOOR VOTE FOR KEY OBAMA JUDICIAL NOMINEE… GOP senators denied a floor vote Wednesday on Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, after expressing concern she would be an “activist” on the bench. Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to end debate on her nomination. Vote: 51-41. – Bill Mears
PAUL’S OLD SCHOOL FILIBUSTER… At 11:47 a.m. ET, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, took to the Senate floor for a rare talking filibuster in an effort to stall a confirmation vote on John Brennan to be the next director of the CIA. The Kentucky senator, known for his libertarian leanings, has sharply questioned the Obama administration's use of drones against American citizens overseas. Brennan is considered one of the main architects of the drone program. Since starting the filibuster, Paul has been joined by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, and others. – Ashley Killiough
(CNN) - Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman shot and wounded more than two years ago, urged support for background checks on Wednesday.
She and her husband, Mark Kelly, spoke at a gun control rally in Tucson, Arizona, the same place where an assailant shot her in the head.
(CNN) - So it's good to see that the president has finally started calling some Republicans. He's even invited some to share a meal. And not just moderates, but also those who have been his most vocal opponents - like John McCain and his buddy Lindsey Graham.
This, of course, is something completely different. After his re-election, the president was asked about his unusually standoffish behavior with Congress. He took offense.