Toomey on gun laws: GOP didn't want to be seen helping Obama
May 1st, 2013
08:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Toomey on gun laws: GOP didn't want to be seen helping Obama

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania blamed political polarization for the failure of last month's background check compromise he reached with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, saying some in his party simply voted against the measure to prevent the president from winning a legislative victory.

"In the end, it didn't pass because we're so politicized. There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it," Toomey said.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • Pat Toomey
Justice Department appeals morning-after pill ruling
May 1st, 2013
08:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Justice Department appeals morning-after pill ruling

(CNN) - The Justice Department filed an appeal Wednesday over a federal judge's ruling that directed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make emergency contraception available to females of all ages without a prescription.

The move comes one day after the FDA announced that it had approved the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for females ages 15 and older.

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Filed under: Abortion • Justice Department • President Obama
Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects
May 1st, 2013
07:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects

Washington (CNN) -- A prominent gay rights advocacy group says a key congressional Democrat will push for new rights for same-sex couples in the Senate's immigration reform bill - a move which could undermine the legislation's bipartisan support.

According to a spokesman for Immigration Equality, Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy intends to offer an amendment later this month allowing foreign-born individuals in committed same-sex relationships with Americans to apply for green cards.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Immigration • Pat Leahy • Senate
California law shifts $24 million to gun-confiscation program
May 1st, 2013
07:06 PM ET
2 years ago

California law shifts $24 million to gun-confiscation program

(CNN) – California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Wednesday that will boost funding for state efforts to confiscate firearms from those prohibited by law from owning them, the governor's office announced.

The bill gives $24 million from the Dealers' Record of Sale fund - fees paid by gun owners at the time of purchase - to the state's Department of Justice to help clear the backlog of individuals who once purchased a gun but are now barred from possessing firearms.
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Filed under: California • Gun control • Gun rights
Bush fundraiser: Grandparents host for grandson, Jeb attends
May 1st, 2013
07:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Bush fundraiser: Grandparents host for grandson, Jeb attends

Washington (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara are giving their grandson's political ambitions a big boost by hosting a Wednesday evening fundraiser for George P. Bush, who is running as a Republican for the post of Texas Land Commissioner, CNN has learned.

The event, to be held at the former president's home in Houston, is also featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, George P.'s father, according to a source with knowledge of it. About 50 people are expected to attend with each paying $10,000.
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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • George P. Bush • Jeb Bush
NRA to get new president
David Keene (pictured), the outgoing NRA president, will be replaced by Alabama attorney Jim Porter.
May 1st, 2013
06:00 PM ET
2 years ago

NRA to get new president

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association is getting a new president, the organization confirmed Wednesday.

As part of its formal rotation, Alabama attorney Jim Porter will take the top spot beginning Monday, replacing current President David Keene, whose two-year term concludes this week at the NRA's annual meeting in Houston.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 1, 2013
May 1st, 2013
04:59 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN: CUTBACK CIVIL LIBERTIES TO FIGHT TERROR? Although worries about terrorism have edged up following the Boston Marathon bombings, only four in ten Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism, according to a just released CNN/Time/ORC International survey. FULL POLL

LATEST FROM BOSTON: THREE MORE ARRESTS IN BOSTON ATTACK... Two classmates of Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and a third person face federal charges in connection with the April 15 attack, federal law enforcement sources said Wednesday. They were expected to appear before a federal judge Wednesday afternoon, U.S. government sources said. For the latest, go to CNN.com.

MARKET WATCH: May begins with a nearly 1% drop in U.S. stocks as investors react to weak economic data. Dow drops 138 points.

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Obama nominates telecom lobbyist, campaign bundler to head FCC
May 1st, 2013
04:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama nominates telecom lobbyist, campaign bundler to head FCC

Washington (CNN) - Calling him the "Bo Jackson of telecom" for his membership in both the cable television and wireless industries' halls of fame, President Obama announced plans Wednesday to nominate Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission.

"For more than 30 years Tom's been at the forefront of some of the very dramatic changes that we've seen in the way we communicate and how we live our lives," Obama said.
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CNN/Time Poll: Cutback civil liberties to fight terror?
May 1st, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: Cutback civil liberties to fight terror?

Washington (CNN) – Although worries about terrorism have edged up following the Boston Marathon bombings, a new national poll indicates only four in ten Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism.

And according to a CNN/Time/ORC International survey, the public is particularly concerned about the government eavesdropping on their cell phones or reading their email.
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Obama makes nominations for FCC and FHFA
May 1st, 2013
02:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama makes nominations for FCC and FHFA

(CNN) - President Obama made two top nominations on Wednesday: Tom Wheeler, a top fund-raiser for the president's re-election campaign and a telecommunications policy expert, to head the Federal Communications Commission, and U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, D-North Carolina, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


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