Austin, Texas (CNN) – The Texas House of Representatives tentatively approved a measure Tuesday that would place broad new restrictions on abortions in the state, paving the way for the contentious legislation to become law.
H.B. 2 cleared the lower chamber 98-49 after hours of debate over proposed amendments. A final vote on the bill in the House will take place Wednesday. The Texas Senate is debating a similar measure.
(CNN) - Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in public on Tuesday.
Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, vetoed the legislation, but the Illinois General Assembly overrode the governor. The law allows the state to distribute permits for the carrying of firearms in public if applicants meet certain requirements.
Updated at 10:04 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9
(CNN) – Sarah Palin may not be done with politics after all.
The former Alaska governor, who was also 2008's GOP vice presidential nominee, said Tuesday she's contemplating a bid for U.S. Senate against Democrat Mark Begich. He's up for re-election in 2014.
"I've considered it because people have requested me [to] consider it," Palin told conservative radio host Sean Hannity on his show. "I'm still waiting to see what the lineup will be. And hoping there will be some new blood, new energy. Not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state that come from political families."
(CNN) – Yorktown. Independence Hall. The moon?
The site of man's first lunar landing could join battlefields, presidential birthplaces and other major American historical sites on a roster of protected places if two Democrats have their way.
U.S. Reps. Donna Edwards of Maryland and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas have proposed legislation that would designate artifacts at the site of American moon landings as comprising a National Historical Park, citing potential commercial traffic on the moon that could damage the areas.
Updated at 10:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped major fundraisers for two of the most coveted ambassadorships.
The White House announced on Tuesday that Matthew Barzun was nominated to be the next ambassador to the United Kingdom, and John Phillips as the next envoy to Italy.
Washington (CNNMoney) - IRS chief Danny Werfel told employees on Tuesday he's working to stop bonuses and instead cut back on furloughs.
The news comes after an outcry over IRS plans to award $70 million in bonuses by Sept. 30. Werfel told his 90,000 Internal Revenue Service workforce that he aims to reverse the plan to award bonuses, according to a memo. He blamed the move on the sequester - the $85 billion in forced spending cuts that has hit all federal agencies.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
GONE IN 2014: Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the White House briefing on Tuesday that no decision on troop reduction in Afghanistan is imminent, and left open the idea that keeping no troops beyond 2014 is still an option. “We are not committed to troop presence just for troops there,” Carney said. Carney said that the government is committed to bringing the troop level down by 2014 when combat operations are slated to end. Carney said the presence after that time is a matter still being negotiated with the Afghan government.
BUT IS HE BLUFFING? There's no doubt that President Barack Obama has had his fill of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's on-again, off-again negotiations on how many U.S. troops would remain there after 2014. And there's no doubt that the relationship continues to deteriorate, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said. “So If Karzai doesn't trust his own security forces, you lay this down that we might come back to a zero option, maybe you snap him into thinking, ‘I'd better get to get back to the negotiating table here,’” King said.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at Tuesday's kids' "State Dinner" at the White House - an event thrown by the the first lady to welcome the winners of the second annual "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."
"Usually at a state dinner I get invited, so I don't know what happened on this one," the president joked. "I hear the food is pretty good."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - His confirmation as the new FBI director seemingly secure, James Comey gave a master class Tuesday on agreeing with his Senate questioners while mostly avoiding firm commitments on pressing issues of national security and law enforcement that he will face.
Time after time, Comey responded to Senate Judiciary Committee members by saying he lacked sufficient information to offer a detailed answer.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, a self-described "pantsuit aficionado," got some ringing praise from perhaps the fashion industry's biggest voice.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour expressed support for the former secretary of state and her potential presidential bid at an event Monday for designer Oscar de la Renta.