Former Philadelphia congressman dies in London
July 1st, 2013
09:14 PM ET
10 months ago

Former Philadelphia congressman dies in London

Philadelphia (CNN) – Former U.S. Rep. William Herbert Gray has died, according to family spokesman William Epstein.

Gray, 71, was attending the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London with one of his sons Monday when he suddenly became ill, Epstein said. Attempts made to resuscitate Gray were unsuccessful. An immediate cause of death is unknown.
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Filed under: Congress • Pennsylvania
Government will review immigration petitions for same-sex couples
July 1st, 2013
07:43 PM ET
10 months ago

Government will review immigration petitions for same-sex couples

Washington (CNN) – U.S. immigration officers will begin reviewing visa applications for same-sex spouses of American citizens, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday.

Her statement was in response to last week’s Supreme Court decision that found a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied certain federal benefits to same-sex couples, unconstitutional.
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Filed under: Immigration • Same-sex marriage
July 1st, 2013
05:37 PM ET
10 months ago

Mark Kelly, Gabby Giffords weigh tough tactics on gun control

(CNN) - Mark Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, couldn’t get Congress to act on their appeal for stricter gun control. So now, they are taking their case on the road and contemplating hard-ball politics to get their way.

Giffords was shot in the head two years ago during a political event at an Arizona supermarket and continues to recover.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Mark Kelly
July 1st, 2013
05:12 PM ET
10 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 1, 2013

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

ASYLUM REQUEST: Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia, the state-run RIA/Novosti news agency reported Monday, quoting a consular official at the Moscow airport.

AS PUTIN ISSUES ULTIMATUM: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that NSA leaker Edward Snowden “must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners” if he wants to stay in the country. - Tom Cohen

‘FOR NOW, WE MOURN’: ARIZONA GOV. BREWER SAYS LOSS OF 19 FIREFIGHTERS IS ‘UNBEARABLE’ They were killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks. – Holly Yan and Eliott C. McLaughlin

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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
McConnell gets an opponent, and Dems land candidate
July 1st, 2013
04:35 PM ET
10 months ago

McConnell gets an opponent, and Dems land candidate

Updated at 6:24 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1

(CNN) - National Democrats have landed their candidate to face off against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kentucky's Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many in the party consider their best hope to try and unseat McConnell in next year's midterm elections, announced Monday that she will form a campaign in the next two weeks.
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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
A t-shirt for Texans
July 1st, 2013
04:31 PM ET
10 months ago

A t-shirt for Texans

(CNN) - No movement is complete without memorabilia. Now, supporters of Planned Parenthood and state Sen. Wendy Davis' fight against new abortion restrictions in Texas have their own.

Planned Parenthood on Monday released a t-shirt available online that links the issue with NBC's "Friday Night Lights," a former hit TV show about a high school football team set in Dillon, Texas.
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Filed under: Abortion • Planned Parenthood • Rick Perry • Wendy Davis
Polls: Plurality support same-sex marriage ruling
July 1st, 2013
03:51 PM ET
10 months ago

Polls: Plurality support same-sex marriage ruling

(CNN) - New polls show pluralities of Americans support the same-sex marriage decisions handed down last week by the U.S. Supeme Court.

A USA Today poll released Monday indicates that 48% of the public favors the high court ruling Wednesday that threw out part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied hundreds of federal benefits to same-sex couples, with 43% opposed. According to the survey, those who feel strongly about the issue split 29%-29% on the 5-4 ruling by the justices.
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Filed under: Polls • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos
July 1st, 2013
03:05 PM ET
10 months ago

Legislature reconvenes for Round 2 of Texas abortion battle

(CNN) - Less than a week after a one-woman filibuster and a raucous crowd stymied new abortion legislation that would have been among the most restrictive in the nation, Texas lawmakers returned for a second special session to reconsider the bill.

The Legislature reconvened on Monday, but not before thousands of opponents rallied at the Texas Capitol.

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
July 1st, 2013
12:21 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama begins visit to strategic Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) – Tanzanians, hundreds wearing white shirts and hats bearing President Barack Obama's face, said "karibu," or "welcome," to the U.S. leader as they lined the street - temporarily renamed "Obama Avenue" - leading to the State House on Monday.

Tanzania is the latest democratic country the president is visiting to promote the White House's increased partnership with Africa amid criticism the administration has focused its attention on other areas of the globe and only primarily military interests in Africa.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'
July 1st, 2013
12:13 PM ET
10 months ago

Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he expects the state legislature to finish their work as early as next week in a special session held in part to vote on restrictive abortion legislation.

But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas
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