Washington (CNN) - A Senate committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would expand background checks covering all gun sales.
The Judiciary Committee, however, did not take up a proposed ban on assault weapons, agreeing to put consideration of that measure off until Thursday at the earliest.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Do you hear what I hear? Sarah Palin already has Christmas on her mind.
In the upcoming title, "A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas," the former Alaska governor argues the holiday has become too secular because of "the politically correct elite who have hijacked the season," according to a release from the book's publisher, HarperCollins.
New York (CNNMoney) - Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan proposed Tuesday to eliminate the annual deficit by 2023, in large part by cutting projected spending growth over the next decade by roughly $5 trillion.
The plan, which contains many of the same provisions he offered last year, hits all the GOP high notes: less spending, lower tax rates and a rejection of most of President Obama's health reforms.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called two more Republican senators Monday in advance of a high profile charm offensive on Capitol Hill this week, White House and Congressional officials have confirmed.
The president contacted freshman Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona to talk about the issue of immigration reform while another call to Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois focused on gun control and deficit reduction, "among other issues," according to a White House official.
(CNN) - Not wasting a minute, Democratic campaign groups in Congress are bringing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan–which he's set to release Tuesday–into the line of fire, attempting to make it a wedge issue in the 2014 midterm elections.
But Republicans are hitting back, attacking Democrats for their lack of a balanced budget one day before Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray is expected to make public the Senate's budget plan.
(CNN) - It may not help him if he decides to run for the Republican presidential nomination, but a new poll suggests that Gov. Chris Christie's recent decision to accept Medicaid expansion as part of President Barack Obama's health care law is playing well at home in New Jersey, where Christie is up for re-election this November.
According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey, nearly seven in 10 registered voters in the Garden State say that Christie's controversial decision to accept federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid to provide health care for those currently uninsured was the right move for New Jersey.
New York (CNNMoney) - Gun enthusiasts are buying firearms with unparalleled zeal. As a result, ammunition is in short supply nationwide.
"We can't get any inventory within a 100-mile radius," said Mark Campbell, owner of Mid America Arms in St. Louis. He's having a hard time keeping ammo in stock. "It started right around the election, as soon as President Obama mentioned gun control. But right after the school shooting in [Newtown] Connecticut, that's when it went crazy."FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Many people think that the rich are able to weasel their way out of taxes, but they actually pay an overwhelming majority of the taxes in the United States.
What's more, their share of the tax burden is increasing.FULL STORY
URGENT – Afghanistan Chopper Americans
- (CNN) - All five coalition service members who died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan were Americans, a U.S. official said early Tuesday morning.
SEE: CNN: 5 dead in Afghanistan helicopter crash
CNN: Maine town shoots down requirement for gun in every household
Voters in Byron, Maine, have unanimously rejected a proposed law that would have required each household in the 140-person town to own a firearm and ammunition. Even the official who proposed the requirement, Selectwoman Anne Simmons-Edmunds, voted against it, saying she did so to have it reworked and reintroduced.