Compromise sets up likely Senate debate on gun laws
April 10th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
1 year ago

Compromise sets up likely Senate debate on gun laws

Washington (CNN) – Two U.S. senators, a Democrat and a Republican, announced on Wednesday they had reached a compromise on expanding background checks on firearms buyers to include gun shows and Internet sales.

The deal reached by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, sets up the likelihood of a major Senate debate on gun legislation starting as soon as Thursday, when the chamber is expected to overcome a GOP filibuster attempt to block the proposals.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Senate
Breaking: Bipartisan background check deal announced
April 10th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Bipartisan background check deal announced

(CNN) – Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, announced Wednesday they had reached a compromise on expanding background checks on firearms buyers to include gun shows and Internet sales.

The deal sets up a possible Senate debate on new gun laws starting as soon as Thursday if Democrats can get enough GOP support to overcome a filibuster

The proposal would not violate the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
Breaking: Obama makes budget pitch
April 10th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Obama makes budget pitch

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday his budget proposal for 2014 is a "fiscally responsible blueprint for middle class jobs and growth."

He said the budget is an answer to a debate that he says is waged yearly in Washington between those who want to "reduce deficits at all costs" and those who want to invest in programs that create jobs. With this budget, Obama said, "we can grow the economy and shrink our deficits."


Filed under: Budget • President Obama
First on CNN: King, Thompson to intro background checks in House
April 10th, 2013
10:40 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: King, Thompson to intro background checks in House

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said he doesn't want to be "reinventing" the wheel on the gun bill in the Senate and plans to make a similar background check proposal in the House with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California.

"My goal would be to get the strongest background check bill we can," King said.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • House • Peter King
 Newtown grieves
April 10th, 2013
10:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Why is this so hard? The disconnect on background checks and guns

Washington (CNN) - When gunmen riddled bullets through Newtown, Chicago, Aurora and an alphabet soup of cities and towns across the country, the nation sent up collective wails of grief at the death of the innocents.

America swore this time was different.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
April 10th, 2013
09:38 AM ET
1 year ago

Weiner says he's considering mayoral bid

(CNN) - Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned in 2011 amid scandal over a lewd photo sent via Twitter, confirmed in an interview published Wednesday that he's considering a political comeback, with a New York City mayoral bid on his radar.

The Democrat admitted he's eying this year's mayor's race in a lengthy New York Times Magazine article that detailed his life with wife Huma Abedin, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their attempts to stay out of the limelight over the past two years-until now.
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April 10th, 2013
08:50 AM ET
1 year ago

Deal reached on background checks in Senate  

(CNN) - Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, plan to announce a bipartisan deal on background checks for gun shows and Internet sales at an 11 a.m. press conference today, CNN's Dana Bash has learned.       

A Democratic leadership source says the compromise will likely be the first amendment to gun legislation being considered, after the Senate votes to begin the gun debate Thursday.        
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What's in Obama's budget
April 10th, 2013
07:41 AM ET
1 year ago

What's in Obama's budget

New York (CNNMoney) – President Obama on Wednesday will propose a $3.77 trillion budget for 2014 that would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade, according to senior administration officials.

Obama's budget blueprint - which has already drawn criticism from the left and the right - will offer changes to Medicare and Social Security. It will also include tax increases that would primarily hit high-income households and corporations.

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Seniors would see smaller Social Security checks under Obama budget
April 10th, 2013
07:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Seniors would see smaller Social Security checks under Obama budget

New York (CNNMoney) – Senior citizens would see their Social Security checks shrink under President Obama's latest budget proposal.

The budget plan, being released Wednesday, calls for changing the way the annual cost of living adjustments for Social Security and other federal programs are calculated. Shifting to "chained CPI" from the current inflation measure could reduce the federal debt by $230 billion, but it would also mean that seniors would get smaller increases in their Social Security payments each year.

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Filed under: Budget • President Obama • Social Security
April 10th, 2013
07:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Background checks on gun sales: How do they work?

Washington (CNN) - A central part of the gun legislation Congress is expected to take up this week is the idea of expanded background checks on gun purchases. But few Americans understand how background checks actually work.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle - and an overwhelming number of Americans in national opinion polls - support expanded background checks before the purchase of guns. But when it comes to specifics, the divide shows.

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