Rand Paul's #filiblizzard filibuster
March 6th, 2013
11:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul's #filiblizzard filibuster

(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.

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Filed under: John Brennan • President Obama • Rand Paul • Senate
Graham introduces background check bill with NRA backing
March 6th, 2013
08:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Graham introduces background check bill with NRA backing

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.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Jeff Flake • Lindsey Graham • Mark Begich • NRA
March 6th, 2013
07:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Manchin indicates progress on background check legislation

(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.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • TV-The Situation Room
March 6th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Haute cuisine for Obama and GOP senators

(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?
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Filed under: President Obama • Republicans • Washington D.C.
Ryan backs off Medicare proposal
March 6th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan backs off Medicare proposal

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.
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Filed under: Medicare • Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney has a new job
March 6th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Mitt Romney has a new job

(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.
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Filed under: Mitt Romney
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 6, 2013
March 6th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 6, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

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

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Filed under: 2012
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 6, 2013
March 6th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 6, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

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

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Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly tout background checks
March 6th, 2013
03:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly tout background checks

(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.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
Borger: For Obama and GOP, much to chew over
March 6th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Borger: For Obama and GOP, much to chew over

(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.

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Filed under: President Obama • Republicans
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