Biden plans to fight as gun provisions struggle in Senate
March 20th, 2013
09:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden plans to fight as gun provisions struggle in Senate

(CNN) - With Congress grappling over gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden vowed to continue fighting for a ban on semi-automatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons, despite its bleak future on Capitol Hill.

"I am still pushing that it pass," Biden said Wednesday on NPR. "We are still pushing that it pass."
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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
March 20th, 2013
08:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan talks debt ceiling, 2016

(CNN) - With another big deadline looming this summer over raising the limit on how much money the government can borrow to pay its bills, Washington could find itself embroiled in new fiscal gridlock.

If talks on the so-called debt limit falter, the government could default on its obligations. That could lead to a series of financial and political consequences.
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Filed under: Debt • Paul Ryan • TV-The Situation Room
First lady gives White House Easter Egg Roll tickets to military kids
March 20th, 2013
06:19 PM ET
2 years ago

First lady gives White House Easter Egg Roll tickets to military kids

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama and first dog Bo brought a basket filled with White House Easter Egg Roll tickets to military families Wednesday at the Fisher House, home for recovering military veterans and their families, in Bethesda, MD.

Obama once again rang in the first day of spring with a trip to the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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Filed under: Michelle Obama • White House
March 20th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
2 years ago

On guns: Boehner reiterates support for better enforcement

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he supports stronger enforcement of the current background check system, not a new one, as Congress works to push through legislation aimed at combating gun violence.

His comments signal an uphill battle for gun legislation in the Republican-controlled House.
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Filed under: Gun control • John Boehner • The Lead
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 20, 2013
March 20th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 20, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 20, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ALL OPTIONS: Obama and Netanyahu talk tension with Iran President Barack Obama said at a press conference on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “all options are on the table” regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions, adding that “we will do what is necessary in preventing Iran from getting the world's worst weapons.”

CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA: President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the Syrian government's “use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake,” adding that Damascus “will be held for accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists.”

AMERICAN BOUNTY: The State Department has put a multimillion-dollar bounty on the heads of two Americans who the United States claims belong to an al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, CNN has learned. – Elise Labott

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Senate approves spending measure, sends to House
March 20th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate approves spending measure, sends to House

Washington (CNN) – The Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that would fund the government through the end of September and avoid a partial federal shutdown as well as soften the blow of sweeping spending cuts.

The measure, which passed the chamber in a 73-26 vote, now advances to the House of Representatives.
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Filed under: Budget • Senate
March 20th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
2 years ago

What would President Boehner do?

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were in flight on separate airplanes Tuesday night, House Speaker John Boehner was the highest-ranking elected official on American soil for about half an hour.

Should something have gone terribly wrong in that short span of time, Boehner, who's behind only the vice president in the presidential line of succession, could have potentially become president.
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Filed under: John Boehner
Key House conservative backs possible path to citizenship
March 20th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Key House conservative backs possible path to citizenship

Washington (CNN) - A top House conservative involved in bipartisan immigration negotiations said Wednesday that he supports a process that allows undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to ultimately become U.S. citizens.

Idaho Rep Raul Labrador told reporters "What I think should happen is anyone who is here illegally can come out of the shadows, become legalized in some way, have some legal status, and that status could lead to legal permanent residency and citizenship eventually - but just the same as anybody else who falls into that category."
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Filed under: Immigration • Raul Labrador
CNN Poll: American divided on responsibility if govt. shuts down
March 20th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: American divided on responsibility if govt. shuts down

Washington (CNN) – With a possible federal government shutdown just one week away, a new national survey indicates that Americans say such a shutdown would be bad for the country.

And according to a CNN/ORC International poll, if a shutdown happens, the public would hold President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans equally responsible.
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March 20th, 2013
01:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner on Obama quip: 'So much for the charm offensive'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama may be joking about enjoying his break from congressional gridlock, but House Speaker John Boehner says it's just a sign of mutual endearment.

"I'd rather be heckled than ignored. Or as I like to say, you only tease the ones you love," Boehner told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview set to air Wednesday at 4 p.m. on "The Lead."
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Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
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