Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate approved a measure on Thursday aimed at ending budget-related air traffic controller furloughs that have been blamed for widespread flight delays this week.
A bipartisan agreement giving the Transportation Department budget new flexibility on spending cleared the chamber unanimously.
(CNN) – A senior House Democrat wants Republicans to retract a report claiming that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally signed off on security cuts at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which later was targeted in a deadly terror attack.
Republicans argued the conclusion, released this week, contradicted her congressional testimony on the matter, which was the subject of intense scrutiny.
(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush gets emotional during the unveiling of his presidential library.
(CNN) - Rep. Peter King has his doubts the two young men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon last week launched their attack without some help.
“I just find it very hard to believe that two individuals such as this could have obtained the weapons, the explosives, put it all together, arranged this on their own,” the New York Republican said Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “I believe that there were other people involved domestically, either as active conspirators or as facilitators who knew what was going on and said nothing and looked the other way.”
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden reassured leading gun control groups Thursday that the administration remains committed to pushing an expansion of background checks for gun purchases through Congress, according to one of the event's attendees.
Biden, who has led the administration's efforts on gun control in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, told the meeting of about 15 participants that despite last week's defeat of a bi-partisan measure in the Senate to expand checks at gun shows and online sales, that this was just the beginning.
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush has become known for his painting skills, an unexpected hobby the 43rd president has picked up in his post-White House life.
"I relax. I see colors differently. I am, I guess, tapping a part of the brain that, you know, certainly never used when I was a teenager. And I get the satisfaction out of completing a project. And I paint people's pets. And I love to give them their pet as a gift," he told CNN's John King.
(CNN) - The men, all volunteers, who rushed into a burning fertilizer plant in Texas before it exploded last week displayed a courage beyond words, President Barack Obama said at a memorial event in their honor Thursday.
"When you got to the scene, you forgot fear and fought the blaze as hard as you could, knowing the danger. Buying time so others could escape," Obama said at the event, held on the campus of Baylor University in Waco. "Then about 20 minutes after the first alarm the earth shook and the sky went dark and West changed forever. Today our prayers are with the families of all we've lost."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
THE OTHER PLOT: Boston bombing suspects planned Times Square blasts, NYC mayor says… The surviving suspect in the Boston bombings has told investigators that he and his brother planned to bomb Times Square, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. The two came up with the plan spontaneously after the Boston bombing, as they talked in a car they hijacked. – Ben Brumfield and Josh Levs
RED LINE? U.S.: Intelligence points to small-scale use of sarin in Syria… The United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale. In a letter sent to lawmakers, the White House said that intelligence analysts have concluded “with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin.” – Michael Pearson
TOMORROW: Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a classified briefing on Syria Friday to House members, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today.
Washington (CNN) - The saying goes: "Time heals all wounds." And for most former U.S. presidents, that appears to be true.
After leaving the constant scrutiny of the White House, a president's legacy begins to take shape as professors, biographers and presidential historians start to take long, reflective looks at the president's time in office.
(CNN) – It's a rare event when five living U.S. presidents can share the same stage. They did exactly that Thursday when they gathered for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas.
In their remarks, the presidents at times joked about life after the White House and poked fun at the man they were honoring. But mostly, they expressed gratitude for the 43rd president and praised the new library and museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
See some of the highlights after the jump.