(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday her prayers are with Trayvon Martin's family and "every family who loves someone who is lost to violence."
Addressing the Delta Sigma Theta sorority convention in Washington, Clinton told the crowd, "No mother, no father should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America."
(CNN) – Author Mark Leibovich covered politics for years, and is now the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.
Leibovich's new book "This Town" describes Washington as a city that is "hopelessly interconnected," with "beautifully busy people constantly writing the story of their own lives."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming ripped Liz Cheney's decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi for his Senate seat next year in Wyoming as "bad form" and predicted she would lose in the GOP primary next year.
"I don't know that anybody can out-conservative Mike Enzi," Lummis told reporters outside the House chamber on Tuesday. She also compared her to Hillary Clinton when she ran for senator in New York.
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Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday an immigration reform bill without a path to citizenship for those in the United States illegally "does not make sense."
"It does not make sense to me, if we're gonna make this once-in-a-generation effort to finally fix the system, to leave the status of 11 million people or so unresolved," Obama said in an interview with a Telemundo-owned TV station in Denver.
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Washington (CNN) – Senators reached a tentative bipartisan deal to avert the so-called "nuclear option" on Senate rules, a change that would have drawn Republican ire and stalled major legislation.
At issue was what Democrats call unnecessary and lengthy delays of seven of President Barack Obama's nominees.
(CNN) - On October 1, uninsured Americans can begin purchasing health insurance in state- or federal-run exchanges, and over the next 10 weeks the Obama administration is engaging in an all-out education blitz meant to encourage broad participation.
One part of the education effort is a series of public conference calls in both Spanish and English organized by the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, the first of which was held on Tuesday. The calls are intended to introduce Hispanic consumers and community leaders to services offered under the Affordable Care Act and help demystify the insurance marketplace.
(CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A bipartisan agreement earlier in the day ended political wrangling holding up votes on certain presidential nominees, including Cordray. The consumer office was a centerpiece of Washington's response to the 2008 financial crisis.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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CHENEY IS IN: Liz Cheney will challenge Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) in next year’s Republican primary. She announced her candidacy on YouTube.
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: TENTATIVE DEAL STRUCK TO AVERT SENATE NUCLEAR OPTION… Senators have reached a tentative bipartisan deal to avert the so-called “nuclear option” – a controversial rules change in the Senate. The deal would lift filibusters and allow confirmation votes. In exchange, Democrats would agree to withdraw two nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. – Ted Barrett and Dana Bash
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: Ed Markey was sworn in as the new senator from Massachusetts. He replaced interim Sen. Mo Cowen, leaving the Senate with just one African American member: Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina.
(CNN) - Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will challenge three-term Republican Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming for his seat in next year's mid-term elections, she announced Tuesday in a web video.
"Today I am launching my candidacy for the United States Senate," she said.
(CNN) – One million people have so far signed online petitions by the NAACP and MoveOn.org calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Three days after Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter after a February 2012 confrontation with Martin, thousands have taken to the streets and the digital highways to call for federal action.