March 25th, 2013
01:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Jim Carrey mocks Charlton Heston

(CNN) – Charlton Heston's declaration that gun control advocates would have to pry his firearms "from my cold, dead hands" provides the punch line for comedian Jim Carrey's new video mocking the late actor and NRA president.

Carrey, who appears on a spoof version of the old comedy show "Hee Haw" both as Heston and as the frontman of a country-western band "Lonesome Earl And The Clutterbusters," is a vocal proponent of stricter gun control laws.
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Obama expects debate on immigration reform bill next month
March 25th, 2013
12:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama expects debate on immigration reform bill next month

(CNN) – Seeking to ignite congressional movement on immigration reform, President Obama said Monday he expects the Senate to take significant action on the issue next month.

"I expect a bill to be put forward. I expect the debate to begin next month. I want to sign that bill into law as soon as possible," Obama said at a naturalization ceremony at the White House.
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Chief Justice Roberts' lesbian cousin to attend same-sex marriage hearings
March 25th, 2013
12:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Chief Justice Roberts' lesbian cousin to attend same-sex marriage hearings

(CNN) - Jean Podrasky, a lesbian whose cousin happens to be Chief Justice John Roberts, will attend this week's Supreme Court oral arguments on two cases dealing with same-sex marriage, CNN confirmed Monday.

In an op-ed emailed to members of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Podrasky expressed optimism that her first cousin, a conservative, will rule in favor of her–and countless others'–desire to marry.
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McCaskill rolls out support for same-sex marriage
March 25th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
1 year ago

McCaskill rolls out support for same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri announced her support for same-sex marriage on Monday, joining high-profile names on both sides of the aisle who have endorsed the right for gay couples to legally wed.

"I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry."
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Portman's son tells story of coming out
March 25th, 2013
09:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Portman's son tells story of coming out

(CNN) – In an op-ed published Monday by the Yale Daily News, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's son, Will, wrote about a private family matter turning into a story that dominated national headlines earlier this month.

"I came to Yale as a freshman in the fall of 2010 with two big uncertainties hanging over my head: Whether my dad would get elected to the Senate in November, and whether I'd ever work up the courage to come out of the closet," stated the first line of Will Portman's column.
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March 25th, 2013
09:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Marriage and the Supreme Court: Five things to watch

(CNN) - After years of struggle on both sides of the issue, the question of same-sex marriage goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. People were already lining up outside the court Friday morning for the limited number of seats available Tuesday and Wednesday, when the justices will hear oral arguments on two cases.

For those of you who won't be in the courtroom, here's a look at what to expect.

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CNN Washington AM Note
March 25th, 2013
05:30 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

URGENT – Afghan Prison Handover

– (CNN) - The United States on Monday handed over control of a U.S.-run detention center in Parwan near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Pentagon: Deal reached on U.S. handover of Afghan prison
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