(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will be the first recipient of GLAAD's "Advocate for Change" award at the organization's Media Awards in Los Angeles.
"During his administration, Clinton became the first U.S. president to appoint out gay and lesbian people to all levels of government." GLAAD officials said in a statement. "President Clinton's support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality."
(CNN) - The president of the nation's largest teachers group on Wednesday rejected the National Rifle Association's proposal to put guns in schools.
"We believe the NRA's focus is misguided and in fact a distraction from what we ought to be talking about," said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association in an interview on CNN International’s Connect the World.
(CNN) - New Hampshire, site of the traditional first-in-the-nation presidential primary, will play host to Sen. Rand Paul in May, making the Kentucky Republican the first potential 2016 presidential hopeful to visit the Granite State.
Paul will headline the annual New Hampshire GOP Liberty Dinner May 20. His trip to the state will come a week and a half after a trip to Iowa – home of the first-in-the-nation caucus – where he'll deliver a keynote at the state GOP's Lincoln Day dinner.
Washington (CNN) - It's called "plucking the bird," a strategy based on the analogy of pulling one feather at a time so the bird doesn't notice until it realizes it can't fly.
That appears to be how the National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress are trying to overcome what would seem to be overwhelming public support for stronger gun legislation in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.
Washington (CNN) - Senate negotiators have not given up hope that bipartisan compromise is possible on the issue of background checks for guns, according to sources familiar with the talks, despite not yet finding common ground on the divide over how to handle records from those checks.
Central to the talks is Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, a pro-gun Republican with a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association. Coburn is on board with the idea of conducting background checks to prevent convicted felons and the mentally impaired from purchasing guns. But he is vehemently opposed to any legislation allowing the federal government to keep track of who owns guns.
CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of camaraderie with furloughed federal workers, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. Treasury every month. – Becky Brittain
SANFORD SURPRISED BY FIANCÉE’S PRESENCE AT PRIMARY VICTORY PARTY: The former South Carolina governor rarely appears in public with his fiancée and said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” he did not expect her to attend last night: “She completely surprised me. I was having dinner with my boys. A couple of candidates who had endorsed us in the race, they said time to go in. I go in, I round the corner, there she is to give me a hug and surprise me. It was a nice event, and it was not at all what I expected. But it was awfully, awfully nice surprise.”
MISSILES TO GUAM: The U.S. military is sending a land-based missile defense system to Guam to defend against possible North Korean ballistic missile launches, a senior administration official told CNN on Wednesday. – Barbara Starr
(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who carried out an extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur while in office, told CNN in an interview Wednesday he was "completely" surprised when Chapur - now his fiancée - showed up to appear with him the night before when he claimed victory in the runoff for the GOP nomination for his old U.S. House seat.
Sanford was appearing on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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(CNN) - President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. treasury every month beginning in April. Since the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect March 1, his payment for last month will be paid retroactively.
(CNN) - Obama will continue his call for gun violence legislation on Wednesday, including expanding the scope of background checks, at the Denver Police Academy.
The academy is located just miles from the Aurora movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a mass shooting in July.
The White House released these excerpts of his remarks, which are expected to begin around 5 p.m. ET:
(CNN) – Mark Sanford is another step closer to political redemption, but the real headline out of his Tuesday victory in a Republican primary runoff for his old congressional seat was a rare public appearance by his former mistress - who's now his fiancée.
And while the former South Carolina governor is considered the favorite in next month's general election showdown with Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, his past infidelity remains front and center in the race and could continue to hurt him with crucial female voters.
Jake Tapper interviews Mark Sanford Wednesday on "The Lead" - 4 p.m. ET, only on CNN.