Washington (CNN) - A top congressional Republican is drafting alternative gun control legislation that threatens to undermine proposals now under consideration by leaders of the Senate's Democratic majority, CNN learned Thursday.
A spokeswoman for Iowa's Chuck Grassley refused to give CNN details of the senator's plan. In the past, however, he has backed measures to deter "straw purchases" to clamp down on gun trafficking. He also supports new safety provisions for schools.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A point of Ticker privilege here as we say goodbye to CNN Photojournalist Mike Greene, who retires Friday.
Greene has covered the White House for CNN since the first Bush administration – more than 20 years. In fact, he covered President Ronald Reagan before joining the ranks at CNN. That's five presidents.
(CNN) – Taking steps to make good on a pledge from his State of the Union Address, President Obama signed an executive order Thursday that establishs a bipartisan panel to address long lines at polling stations and other voter irregularities.
"When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can't wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals," Obama said during the State of the Union. "We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy."
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said her views on same-sex marriage are "evolving" and she's considering her stance on the issue "very closely,' according to a local newspaper in her state.
Her comments come nearly two weeks after Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio became the only sitting Republican senator to endorse same-sex marriage. If Murkowski does in fact have a change of heart, she would become the second.
(CNN) - The White House will release its budget for the 2014 fiscal year on April 10th, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced at Thursday's White House briefing, more than two months after the February deadline.
Previously White House officials would only say the budget was coming the week of April 8, without revealing a specific date. Republicans were sharply critical of the delay, which came after protracted negotiations over spending cuts and tax rates.
Washington (CNN) - With South Dakota Democrat Tim Johnson's announcement this week that he will not seek re-election this year, the recent string of Senate retirements has the political class debating whether Republicans have a real shot at taking control of the upper chamber.
But this biennial parlor game overlooks a stunning dynamic that has been developing on Capitol Hill over the past decade: massive turnover.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - With polls showing support for new gun legislation on the wane, President Barack Obama joined police officials and victims of gun violence Thursday to raise pressure on Congress to get something passed more than three months after the Newtown school massacre.
The president called on Congress to pass a package of gun laws coming up in the Senate, saying "none of these ideas should be controversial.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Not wasting any time, the group tasked with getting Democrats elected to the Senate is already on the offensive against the most powerful Republican in the upper chamber.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released its first political ad of the cycle Thursday, targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as he faces re-election in November 2014.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Upcoming furloughs mean a 20% pay cut for thousands of federal workers - and some tough budgeting choices. For many, student loan payments will be the first to go.
Laurie Vroman has already made her decision. She has three young children and makes $41,000 a year as a management assistant at an Army arsenal near Albany, N.Y.FULL STORY