Washington (CNN) - Even though polls indicate it's supported by the vast majority of Americans, the gun-control proposal with arguably the best chance of Senate passage may very well go down to defeat on Wednesday.
The Senate is scheduled to begin voting Wednesday afternoon on a number of proposals to reduce gun violence, including a bipartisan yet controversial agreement on expanding background checks proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania. Their proposal would extend current background checks for gun buyers to include gun shows and internet sales.
(CNN) - White House mail handlers identified a "suspicious substance" - possibly the poison ricin - in a letter sent to President Barack Obama the same day a similar letter was found in a Senate mailroom, the Secret Service said Wednesday.
Both letters arrived Tuesday at off-site postal facilities set up after the 2001 anthrax attacks and have been sent to laboratories for additional tests, authorities said.
Washington (CNN) – A bipartisan plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system, in the works for months, faced delays this week as lawmakers and President Barack Obama shifted focus to the bomb attack in Boston.
But the measure, which was formally filed for consideration in the Senate early Wednesday, already faces blowback from some opponents of immigration reform, who argue Monday's attack - which was committed by a yet unknown perpetrator – should be cause for reconsidering any reform making it easier for immigrants to gain citizenship.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky argued Wednesday morning President Obama is using the families of victims from the Newtown elementary school shooting for political purposes and compared them to "props" in the ongoing gun control debate.
His comments later elicited a fiery response from Obama after the Senate voted down a proposal to expand background checks on firearm purchases.
(CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators formally filed legislation early Wednesday calling for border security as the cornerstone of immigration reform.
The bill also would prevent undocumented immigrants from reaching full legal resident status until after the government takes steps to keep unauthorized workers from getting jobs in the United States, according to a summary released before the bill was filed.
(CNN) – On the day the Senate begins votes on new gun control measures, the National Rifle Association said they were launching web ad casting President Barack Obama's proposals as detached from the reality faced by America's law enforcement officers.
The 30-second spot, which the NRA says it will spend $500,000 to place on websites like the Drudge Report, the Washington Post, and Hulu, uses polls of police officers showing little support for increasing background checks and banning assault weapons.
(CNN) – The U.S. Senate will begin voting on amendments to gun legislation on Wednesday, including the leading proposals for tighter restrictions spurred by the Connecticut school massacre in December.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the list of first votes would include the bipartisan yet controversial agreement on expanding background checks proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania.
(CNN) – Martin O'Malley's schedule this week will likely spur further speculation the Maryland governor could be gearing up for a presidential run.
The Democrat, whose second term ends in January 2015, spoke on the same stage as Vice President Joe Biden–another potential 2016 candidate–at an opening for the University of Baltimore's new law center Tuesday night.
CNN: Police: Rockets land in southern Israel, no injuries
Two rockets landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat on Wednesday, police said. "We are telling residents to immediately take cover and make their way to safe zones and shelters if they hear the sirens," Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said. There were no immediate reports of injuries after the rockets landed in a neighborhood and an open field.
CNN: FBI releases new details on Boston Marathon bombs
The second device, the agency said, was housed in a metal container, "but currently there is insufficient evidence to determine if it was also a pressure cooker," the bulletin said. The alert also said the fuzing system and method of initiation for the two devices are unknown. The two devices, which exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, left three people dead and more than 180 injured. No suspects have been identified.
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