(CNN) - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was nearly killed more than 2 years ago by a man with a gun. Today, her brain injuries make speaking difficult, and yet she has become an active spokeswoman for new restrictions on guns.
Ironically she has not lost her love of guns. Target practice is still a form of entertainment at her mother's house deep in the Arizona desert. Her husband Mark Kelly uses pots and water bottles as targets, while Giffords watches from the patio with her mother cheering him on.
Watch more of Dana Bash’s interview with Gabby Giffords Tuesday on AC360 – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, only on CNN.
(CNN) – Beyoncé and Jay-Z are continuing to face heat from Republicans in Washington for their jaunt last week to Cuba, which remains off-limits for Americans looking only for a tropical vacation.
"How nice it would have been if they had said something about freedom and human rights,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told CNN.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama angrily chided lawmakers reluctant to back gun control legislation on Monday, saying the overwhelming support for measures like universal background checks among the American people should force action in Congress.
The president was speaking in Hartford, not far from the site of the massacre in Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
IMMEDIATE THREAT: Worries about North Korean threat at all-time high… As North Korea increases its alarming threats against South Korea and the United States the past few weeks, a new national survey suggests that Americans are listening. According to the CNN/ORC International poll out today, 41% of Americans now characterize North Korea an immediate threat to the United States, an all-time high for that measure.
IRON LADY: Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female PM, dead at 87… Thatcher, a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, suffered a stroke Monday, her spokeswoman said. A British government source said she died at the Ritz Hotel in London.
ANOTHER DEMOCRAT: Sen. Tim Johnson announced his support for same-sex marriage in a written statement on Monday. “After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” Johnson said. “This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”
Washington (CNN) – The leading bipartisan negotiations in the Senate for new gun control legislation would favor expanding background checks but would fall short of the universal approach backed by President Barack Obama and many Democrats, CNN has learned.
FBI background checks are currently required for commercial sales. The proposal being considered would expand them to gun shows and Internet sales, but would not require them for any other private sales, according to multiple sources in both parties familiar with the talks.
Washington (CNN) – As North Korea increases its alarming threats against South Korea and the United States the past few weeks, a new national survey suggests that Americans are listening.
And a CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that for the first time, a majority of the public is pessimistic that the situation involving North Korea's missile program can be solved by diplomatic and economic means alone.
Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama begins what could be a pivotal week, with gun control, immigration reform and border security, and the budget all in the spotlight, a new national survey indicates the president's approval rating has inched above the 50% mark.
But according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, the president's approval numbers on those three crucial issues remain below 50%.
Washington (CNNMoney) - The Senate on Monday confirmed former New York federal prosecutor Mary Jo White as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
White was confirmed without a roll call vote, signaling lawmakers didn't consider her confirmation particularly controversial.
Washington (CNN) - It's not often that a presidential to-do list (and legacy-making agenda) comes down to a couple of key weeks, but here we are: gun control, immigration reform and the budget - all front and center, right now.
It's an odd time in Washington. The president has been dating Republicans, dining with senators with whom he has hardly spoken in the past. Republicans seem to believe they can actually work with the president - on immigration, at least.
Washington (CNN) – Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former President Ronald Reagan were, in the words of one close aide, "political soul mates."
Reagan, who was elected a year after Thatcher assumed office in 1979, found in her a fresh, conservative voice who he could align with on many international issues. And in nearly a decade of working together, she found in him a personal friend and an equal on the global stage.