Washington (CNN) - The grounds outside the U.S. Supreme Court have long been a place for protests, rallies, and other "expressive events."
But exactly just what could be said and where the public could assert its First Amendment rights was a source of contention - at least until Thursday.
(CNN) - Police arrested members of an LGBT group on Thursday during a protest outside of House Speaker John Boehner's district office on Capitol Hill.
The activists who were handcuffed and taken into custody are affiliated with GetEQUAL action, the same lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization that disrupted the first lady's DNC event last week.
Washington (CNN) - Backers of a bipartisan Senate immigration reform plan Thursday defeated an attempt by Republican opponents to alter the border security requirements in the bill, which could have significantly undermined support for the compromise legislation.
By a vote of 57-43, senators rejected the proposal by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to delay the legalization process for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States until the Department of Homeland Security could certify it had effective control over the Southern border for six months.
(CNN) – Many lawmakers offered praise and caution over President Barack Obama's decision to provide military support to Syrian rebels, an announcement made by the White House on Thursday.
White House officials acknowledged that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale a number of times.
Read the political reaction below.
(CNN) – Motown came to Congress Thursday at a celebration for longtime Rep. John Dingell, who recently became the longest-serving U.S. lawmaker in history.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dingell's wife, Debbie, stole the show when they joined vocalist Mary Wilson as her backup singers and dancers for a performance of "Stop in the Name of Love" by The Supremes.
Washington (CNN) – The White House acknowledged Thursday the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin, on a small scale a number of times, according to a statement.
The administration also indicated it will increase the "scope and scale of assistance" to rebels in Syria following its acknowledgment that the Bashar al-Assad government has used chemical weapons in the civil war, according to the statement.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING… RED LINE IN SYRIA: CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that Congress has been notified that the U.S. will acknowledge Syria has used chemical weapons, multiple times, on a small scale and a red line has been crossed, according to congressional sources. Turn to CNN on air for the latest.
GUT CHECK FLASH BACK: President Obama, August 20, 2012, in the White House briefing room… “I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama - said to be weighing whether or not to send lethal weapons to Syrian rebels - will not decide on further American involvement in the country's civil war with his critics' opinions in mind, the White House said Thursday.
The pushback came as a response to comments made by former President Bill Clinton, who on Wednesday said he agreed with Republican Sen. John McCain's calls for a greater U.S. role in assisting Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad.
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will return to familiar ground.
The Fox News Channel announced Thursday that Palin will rejoin the network as a contributor, less than five months after the two parted ways.
(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio flatly stated Thursday that he'll vote against his own immigration bill if it ends up including rights for gay and lesbian couples.
"If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I'm gone. I'm off it," he said. "I've said that repeatedly. I don't think that's going to happen, and it shouldn't happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is."