(CNN) - The National Rifle Association's New York state affiliate filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Buffalo contesting the constitutionality of the SAFE Act, the sweeping gun-control bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in January, the group announced in a press release.
The new laws fortify New York's existing assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets allowed in ammunition magazines and strengthen rules that govern the mentally ill, which includes a requirement to report potentially harmful behavior.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make one of her first public appearances since leaving the Obama administration when she speaks at the annual Women in the World Summit next month, the Daily Beast and Newsweek, presenters of the summit, announced Thursday.
Clinton has attended the New York summit every year since it started in 2010. This year's event takes place April 4 and 5.
(CNN) – After a third grader asked Republican Gov. Chris Christie whether he plans to run for president in 2016, he responded with a question of his own.
"Do you work for MSNBC?" he joked at a town hall.
(CNN) – Yoko Ono has entered the debate over gun control with a handful of tweets and one arresting image.
On Wednesday, the artist and activist posted a snapshot of a pair of bloody glasses, frames that her late husband John Lennon was wearing on the day he was murdered outside of his New York home.
Ridgeland, South Carolina (CNN) – After months in an immigration detention facility, Hector Adame was so surprised when guards said he could go that he didn't believe them.
"They had to shout (the news) at him so he would leave," his wife, Victorina, said this week.
(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid formally introduced a much-anticipated gun bill Thursday, his office announced. The Senate is expected to debate the legislation when the upper chamber returns from a two-week recess.
The bill, released just over three months after the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, is made up of three measures. One measure expands the background check system, while the other two deal with school safety and gun trafficking.
(CNN) - Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a rising superstar among conservatives, said Thursday he has no "intention" to run for political office anytime soon–but left he left the door open to the idea.
"If a year and a half goes by and people are still clamoring for me to do that and there's no other very good candidate, I would certainly have to seriously consider it," he said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
Washington (CNN) - In a sign Congressional Republicans intend to keep political pressure on the administration over Benghazi, House Speaker John Boehner convened a meeting Thursday morning to discuss last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya with key House committee chairmen and several GOP Senators who have been critical of the administration's handling of the incident.
Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference that there are "some members who wanted to have a conversation, kinda compare notes on what we know and what we don't know and frankly there is a lot we still don't know, and so it was a friendly exchange of information and some decisions about a way forward."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 21, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
PEACE IS POSSIBLE: President Barack Obama attempted on Thursday to invigorate the stalled Middle East peace process, urging young Israelis to pressure their leaders to seek peace with Palestinians while acknowledging the Jewish state's historical right to exist and defend itself from continuing threats.
“Peace is possible,” Obama said at a speech in Jerusalem. “It is possible. I’m not saying it’s guaranteed. I can’t even say that it is more likely than not. But it is possible.” – Tom Cohen. John King and Jessica Yellin
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN UNLIKELY: House approves government funding bill… The House of Representatives easily approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts. The measure, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. – Alan Silverleib
(CNN) - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is based in San Francisco, but has said being mayor of New York City would be his dream job,
The "desire to be mayor is more of an aspirational kind, or raising the bar of how I should be thinking," Dorsey said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."