(CNN) – President Barack Obama hosted female U.S. senators at the White House on Tuesday night as he continued his personal outreach to push his second-term legislative agenda.
The session lasted just over two hours, according to starting and ending times provided by the White House. The group dined on Alaskan Halibut and peach pie.
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul's latest statements on the use of drones in the United States, which caused some outrage among his loyal group of Libertarian followers, aren't a shift in position, the Kentucky Republican explained in a statement Tuesday.
In his original comments, Paul explained his parameters for using drones on American soil.
Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders released a report Tuesday on the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which they claim former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally signed off on cuts in security at the compound, which they say would contradict her congressional testimony.
The September 11, 2012, attack resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Charges were dismissed Tuesday against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others by the U.S. Attorney, who said "new information" has been uncovered.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 23, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: Ricin letter suspect released… Paul Kevin Curtis, charged with sending Ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials, was released suddenly from custody Tuesday, said the U.S. Marshal’s office in Mississippi. Chief Deputy Jeff Woodfin did not know the circumstances of the release, only that Curtis was no longer in federal custody. – Bill Mears
CAUSE: A false tweet heard around the web… A tweet by the nation’s largest newswire about a catastrophe at the White House was nearly immediately shot down as false on Tuesday. The Associated Press message read, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” The group Syrian Electronic Army, behind previous hacks of the BBC and CBS News, claimed responsibility for the false message on its website.
(CNN) – A tweet by the nation’s largest newswire about a catastrophe at the White House was nearly immediately shot down as false on Tuesday.
The Associated Press message read, "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."
(CNN) - The Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has been released from federal custody, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshal's Service said Tuesday.
Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator from Corinth, Mississippi, was charged with sending a threat to the president last week after letters containing the poison triggered security scares around Washington. But a preliminary hearing that had been scheduled to continue on Tuesday was canceled and Curtis was released.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A new poll indicates a spike in the percentage of Americans who say that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of life in the future.
But according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted after last week's Boston Marathon bombings, there's no rise in public concerns about another terrorist attack here in the U.S.
(CNN) – Some high-profile Democrats are heading to Park City, Utah this summer to attend a policy retreat held by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
According to the guest list, obtained by CNN from a source close to Romney, former senior adviser to President Obama's re-election campaign, David Axelrod, and outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are among those expected to attend.
(CNN) - They were once on opposing presidential tickets, but Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain will sit down for a public conversation next week in Sedona, Arizona.
Biden and McCain will share the stage as they open up a dinner for the annual forum at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.