Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States "can't accept" last week's killing of 12 people at Washington's Navy Yard as "inevitable," but the shooting should instead "lead to some sort of transformation" on gun violence in the United States.
"It ought to be a shock to all of us, as a nation and as a people," Obama said at the Marine Barracks, just a few short blocks from the Navy Yard. "It ought to obsess us. It ought to lead to some sort of transformation."
(CNN) - In his fifth speech following a mass shooting, President Barack Obama on Sunday mourned the loss of 12 people killed last week at Washington's Navy Yard.
The president, who spoke at memorial service at the Marine Barracks, also argued against the notion that mass gun violence is "the new normal" and called on the country to make change happen.
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(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul was the favorite in a presidential straw poll at a Republican leadership conference in Michigan that concluded Sunday.
Of the 526 votes, the Kentucky Republican took 35%, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 16% at the three-day event on Mackinac Island.
Washington (CNN) – Rep. Peter King, a member of the House intelligence committee who has been briefed on Saturday’s attack in Nairobi, Kenya, argued Sunday the brutal mall killings show a “growing influence of al Qaeda in Africa.”
In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” the New York Republican also said he assumes the United States government is looking to prevent any attempts in the U.S. by Al-Shabaab, the group claiming responsibility for the attack.
Washington (CNN) - The Navy Yard shooting further proves that military installations need more robust security and more firearms, the CEO of the National Rifle Association said Sunday.
In the NRA's first response to last week's mass shooting in Washington, Wayne LaPierre argued the amount of time it took for first responders to kill the shooter could have been drastically shortened had Navy Yard personnel been armed with their own guns.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Sunday that Republicans may filibuster when the Senate considers a bill passed by the House last week that funds the government but defunds Obamacare.
Cruz said the filibuster could come if Senate Democrats try to strip the bill of language cutting funding of Obamacare and try to pass cloture, meaning that a simple majority would allow the bill to pass.
(CNN) - Hillary Clinton is in no hurry to decide about a potential 2016 bid for the White House, saying it is a decision "not to be made lightly."
As the political drumbeat builds for a possible Clinton candidacy, with polls showing that she is the leading contender for the Democratic nomination, the former secretary of state was asked in a New York magazine interview published online Sunday whether she wrestles with the idea.
Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's "GPS," spoke with former President Bill Clinton about his wife's time as secretary of state, her approval ratings and whether she is likely to run for president herself.
"These polls don't mean much now. We're a long way ahead. I think she would be the first to tell you that there is no such thing as a done deal, ever, by anybody. But I don't know what she's going to do," he said.
Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi acknowledged deep concerns by major unions about Obamacare in an interview that aired Sunday, but vowed to work on a plan to quell those worries.
"We're working on the issue," she said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to offer effusive praise for Hillary Clinton, saying the former secretary of state would be one of the best-prepared incoming presidents if she decided to run in 2016.
"If she does, she will win and when she becomes president, she'll be one of the best-equipped, best-prepared people to enter the White House in a very long time," Pelosi said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."