April 12th, 2013
09:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Gay son of GOP lawmaker describes family's love

(CNN) – The relationship between Matt R. Salmon and his father, GOP Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona, is loving and supportive, though the younger Matt still hopes one day his conservative father will support same-sex marriage.

"Yes, he doesn't support gay marriage, but that's no reason that I shouldn't love him, or just accept him for who he is," Salmon said Friday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," adding later "I hope that he changes his position" on marriage rights for same-sex couples.
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Carson withdraws from another speaking gig
April 12th, 2013
08:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Carson withdraws from another speaking gig

(CNN) – Dr. Ben Carson, the conservative neurosurgeon who has rocketed into the political spotlight this year, withdrew from another speaking engagement Friday after stepping down as this year’s commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins medical school.

The LGBT caucus within the American Academy of Physicians Assistants, which had started a petition to protest Carson's upcoming May keynote speech at the organization's conference, said Carson had withdrawn his participation.
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April 12th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
1 year ago

With deal in hand, senators to roll out immigration plan

Washington (CNN) - The bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators crafting a deal on comprehensive immigration reform, having reached an agreement on all of the major issues, is set to unveil its plan on Tuesday, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

While some small details still need to be ironed out, negotiators were able to find common ground on one of the last significant hurdles - wages and visas for undocumented farm workers, two sources close to the talks confirmed on Friday.

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Congress votes to eliminate key requirement of insider trading law
April 12th, 2013
06:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Congress votes to eliminate key requirement of insider trading law

Washington (CNN) – The U.S. House on Friday eliminated a key requirement of the insider trading law for most federal employees, passing legislation exempting these workers, including congressional staff, from a rule scheduled to take effect next week that mandated online posting of financial transactions.

Aides to lawmakers insisted the changes were needed to avoid potential security risks to federal employees by revealing personal information.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 12, 2013
April 12th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 12, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

STILL OPPOSED: RNC re-affirms its position on marriage The Republican National Committee approved two resolutions Friday re-affirming the party's position on marriage, a move designed to mollify social conservatives angry at GOP leaders who have suggested Republicans tone down their rhetoric in opposition of same -sex marriage in order to appeal to younger voters. “Let me make crystal clear something I've said since January,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a speech before the vote on the resolutions. "While we have to do things differently, there's one thing that can't and won't change: our principles. There are some that would like us to abandon them, but as long as I'm Chairman, we'll stay true to them. Some would have us turn into Democrats-lite, but I refuse.” – Mark Preston

FRIDAY NEWS DUMP: Obama’s net worth drops in 2012 tax returns President Barack Obama and the first family saw their income drop slightly in 2012, according to tax returns released by the White House on Friday. The returns show the president and first lady Michelle Obama earned $608,611 last year, and paid $112,214 in taxes. Sales from his best-selling books slowed even further in 2012, bringing his overall gross adjusted income down 30% compared to 2011. – Jennifer Liberto

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Sandy Hook mom to deliver presidential radio address
April 12th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Sandy Hook mom to deliver presidential radio address

(CNN) – The White House's full court press for passage of gun violence legislation will continue this weekend when a mother whose son was killed in the Connecticut school shootings uses the bully pulpit of the presidential weekly address to make a personal plea.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Friday told reporters President Obama asked Newtown, Connecticut parent Francine Wheeler to tape the weekly address heard on radio and seen on the internet. Wheeler's six-year-old son Ben was killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
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Congressman claims bogus tweet publicity stunt
April 12th, 2013
03:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressman claims bogus tweet publicity stunt

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee admitted sending out a flashy tweet this week hoping reporters would fall for a ruse to help generate publicity for his home district. But he also raised more questions about his original motivations.

Cohen told reporters Friday he was retaliating against what he called "gotcha journalism" and that they should have been more careful two months ago treating a story about his daughter.
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Obama's tax returns: Income drops
April 12th, 2013
02:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama's tax returns: Income drops

Washington (CNNMoney) - President Obama and the first family saw their income drop slightly in 2012, according to tax returns released by the White House on Friday.

The returns show the president and First Lady Michelle Obama earned $608,611 last year, and paid $112,214 in taxes. Sales from his best-selling books slowed even further in 2012, bringing his overall gross adjusted income down 30% compared to 2011.

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RNC re-affirms its position on marriage
April 12th, 2013
02:44 PM ET
1 year ago

RNC re-affirms its position on marriage

Los Angeles (CNN) – The Republican National Committee approved two resolutions Friday re-affirming the party's position on marriage, a move designed to mollify social conservatives angry at GOP leaders who have suggested Republicans tone down their rhetoric in opposition of same -sex marriage in order to appeal to younger voters.

The resolutions were approved by a voice vote as a larger package of 12 resolutions including one honoring former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. There was no opposition to passing all 12 resolutions en bloc.
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Gabby Giffords to rally for background checks
April 12th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Gabby Giffords to rally for background checks

Washington (CNN) - The gun control group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically wounded in a January 2011 shooting, and her husband Mark Kelly is trying to rally support for the two senators who this week unveiled a bi-partisan bill to dramatically expand background checks for gun buyers.

The group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is sponsoring robocalls into Pennsylvania, the home states of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and West Virginia, the home state of Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin which asks the public to help get the bill passed. Kelly recorded the soundtrack for the calls.
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