Washington (CNN) - By the time President Barack Obama walked into a packed auditorium at the White House Monday, his economic message for the day had already been eclipsed by the unfolding tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard.
And that was before the city's mayor announced that 12 people and the gunman had been shot dead.
As the White House shifted again into disaster-response mode, the president's already-full plate got a lot fuller. And while the executive branch is more than capable of keeping multiple balls in the air, the topics Obama has been looking to push for months are again receding into the background.
(CNN) – Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is dropping out of the race for Illinois governor, Daley told the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
According to the Tribune, Daley told them he was ill-prepared for the difficulties of a political bid.
Washington (CNN) - Hours after the Washington Navy Yard shooting, some of Washington's most vocal advocates for gun control started to renew their calls for further restrictions on firearms.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 that suspected shooter and military contractor Aaron Alexis is believed to have used, issued a statement Monday asking "When will enough be enough?"
Washington (CNN) - Following Monday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, President Barack Obama ordered all flags on U.S. military installations and federal government facilities to be lowered to half-staff out of respect.
But since the attack occurred at a U.S. naval facility, those flags, as well as flags flown at Marine Corp facilities and on naval vessels, are actually lowered to half-mast (consistent with masts on ships).
(CNN) – In addition to a 30-month prison sentence, former Democrat Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will now get to watch from afar as an auction sells off some items he forfeited when he pled guilty to misusing campaign funds.
According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, 13 items from Jackson's fraud conspiracy case will be sold in an online auction that will go live Tuesday and will last one week.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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TRAGEDY AT NAVY YARD: 13 dead in Navy Yard shooting rampage… After at least one shooter opened fired in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation's capital, 13 people were killed including a shooter and government buildings quickly went on lockdown, sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene. One suspect is dead, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. – Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet
OBAMA: “We're confronting yet another mass shooting,” President Barack Obama said after the shooting, clearly implying this tragedy appears to authorities to be an isolated incident and not a terror plot. The president said the U.S. will get to the bottom of the shooting "as we do with so many of these shootings."
Washington (CNN) - With two weeks and counting until the federal government runs out of money, President Barack Obama is turning up the heat on a group of congressional Republicans threatening to shut down the government over their opposition to the health care law.
But the president's comments on Monday came as new polling indicates that Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare," is becoming more unpopular with Americans.
Washington (CNN) - It's been five years since the banking and credit crisis rocked the U.S. economy, causing markets to plunge, unemployment to spike, housing values to crumble and placing more Americans in financial peril than at any time since the Great Depression.
On Monday, President Barack Obama touted his administration's successes in helping to turn things around even though national economic growth remains sluggish and millions of people have given up looking for work.
Updated 9/16/2013 at 3:18pm
(CNN) - The Senate is recessing until Tuesday morning because of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. He said votes scheduled for Monday evening will be rescheduled. The Senate also went into a two-hour lockdown starting around 3 p.m., with no one allowed in or out of the complex, according to the Senate sergeant at arms. More information is expected at 5 p.m.
New York (CNN) - Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson ended his bid for New York City mayor Monday and endorse Bill de Blasio.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference on the steps of City Hall, Thompson made his announcement surrounded by city and state-wide New York Democratic leaders. Thompson had been holding out since last Tuesday's Democratic primary hoping for the possibility of a runoff in the primary.