Washington (CNN) – Hitting a hole-in-one is a rare achievement for any golfer. What’s even rarer is a hole-in-one during a round with the president of the United States.
“It was pretty special,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss said of his feat, which took place during a Monday game with President Barack Obama and two other senators.
New York (CNNMoney) - The Senate approved a long-anticipated Internet sales tax proposal on Monday, moving the legislation one step closer to enactment and paving the way for shoppers to pay sales tax on the majority of online purchases.
The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would allow the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that currently charge sales taxes to require large online retailers to collect tax on purchases made by their residents. The law would only apply to online sellers that have sales of at least $1 million in states where they don't have physical operations, like a store or a warehouse.
Washington (CNN) – On the eve of meetings between President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, a White House official says the recent saber rattling by North Korea has only strengthened the relationship between the allies.
Daniel Russel, White House special assistant and senior director for Asian affairs, told reporters on a conference call Monday Obama will use Park’s visit to "reaffirm the strong commitment" of the U.S. to the defense of the Republic of South Korea.
Washington (CNN) - In another attempt at bipartisan outreach, President Barack Obama joined three of the best golfers in the United States Senate for a bipartisan round of golf on Monday.
The foursome included Colorado Democrat Mark Udall and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who were ranked as the top two golfers in Congress by Golf Digest as part of its 2011 list of Washington's Top 150 Golfers. At the time, both Udall and Corker had a handicap around two.
(CNN) – The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offered legislation Monday that would allow the United States to provide lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition, a step President Barack Obama has yet to publicaly endorse.
Sen. Robert Menendez's bill would allow U.S.-provided arms, military training and supplies to go to groups that have been vetted and cleared, and establish a $250 million fund to help support a political transition in Syria, where a civil war has been waged for over 2 years.
Washington (CNN) - The FBI Agents Association called on President Obama on Monday to nominate Rep. Mike Rogers, a former agent himself, as director of the bureau.
The Michigan Republican currently chairs the House Intelligence Committee.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
MENTOR VS. MENTEE: IMMIGRATION REFORM PITS DEMINT VS. RUBIO… On Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio described former Sen. Jim DeMint as a “great man” and a “mentor.” On Monday, DeMint ran roughshod over the Senate immigration reform effort in part spearheaded by Rubio. – Ashley Killough
LATEST FROM BOSTON: A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation tells CNN that investigators believe that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the one accessing Inspire magazine on the computer that came from the Cambridge apartment that he and his wife – Katherine Russell – shared. The official confirmed not only that the computer had Inspire magazine and other materials of interest on it, but that the Inspire materials included instructions on bomb-making. – Carol Cratty
MARKET WATCH: S&P closes at a record high of 1,618. NASDAQ adds 0.4%, while the Dow slips 4 points.
Washington (CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Monday they saw a record number of attendees at their annual meeting in Houston last weekend with 86,228 attending, up almost 15,000 from last year's annual meeting in St. Louis, according to the group's spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.
The NRA had estimated 75,000 would attend.
(CNN) – The organization formed from President Barack Obama's presidential campaign stressed Monday their fight for tighter restrictions on guns didn't end with the issue's defeat in Congress.
Organizing for Action, which actively promoted Obama's gun control agenda in the months leading up to the April vote, will expand their field effort now that some lawmakers are discussing bringing gun control back up for a vote in Washington.
Washington (CNN) – The group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly raised one million dollars since the defeat of a measure in the Senate expanding background checks two and a half weeks ago, according to Jennifer Bluestein, a spokeswoman for the group.
Giffords, wounded in a Tucson, Arizona shooting in January of 2011, campaigned hard for expanding the checks for purchases at gun shows and online. She has sent several e-mail solicitations since the Senate defeat.