(CNN) - A federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago's ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional.
"The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government's reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment," wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang.
Washington (CNN) - In a major turnaround from past decades, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll.
The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicated that the number of people who say smoking pot is morally wrong has plunged.
New York (CNNMoney) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed Janet Yellen to serve as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, after Ben Bernanke finishes his second term at the end of the month.
Senators voted 56 to 26 in her favor, with many missing the vote because of inclement weather. Several Republicans broke party ranks in support of Yellen.
(CNN) – A commuter flight carrying Sen. Lindsey Graham to Washington was forced to return to South Carolina on Monday where it made an emergency landing, the lawmaker tweeted.
The South Carolina Republican tweeted the experience after ExpressJet Flight 5740 returned to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport about 30 minutes after takeoff for Washington.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 6, 2014| 5 p.m.
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ENZI SAYS THE CHENEYS ARE IN HIS PRAYERS AFTER LIZ CHENEY ABANDONS SENATE BID TO COPE WITH FAMILY HEALTH ISSUES… SEN. MIKE ENZI, R-WYOMING, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I appreciate that Liz gave me a call and we had a brief conversation. I'm leaving the details up to her. My wife and I do believe that family comes first, and think that respect her decision on that. She's in our prayers, she and her family are in our prayers. I'm going to continue to campaign. I want to be reelected to this office. It's a critical time for our country and I'm positioned to be able to do the job."
Washington (CNN) - Correct the Record, a group created to defend potential Democratic presidential candidates, took a stand on Monday for someone other than Hillary Clinton for the first time.
The group hit back after the Republican National Committee targeted Joe Biden in an e-mail blast.
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Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to delay a key procedural vote originally scheduled for Monday on a $6.4 billion plan to extend long-term unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for another three months.
The vote was rescheduled for Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans a first vote Tuesday morning toward renewing unemployment benefits for about 1.3 million Americans who lost them when they expired at the end of December.
Democrats and President Barack Obama support the extension - which had been scheduled for a vote Monday evening but Reid delayed the vote until Tuesday - while Republicans generally oppose extending those benefits. And with Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans having a majority in the House, the issue doesn't seem to be one that will be easy to resolve.
Washington (CNN) – Moderate Pennsylvania Republican Rep Jim Gerlach announced on Monday that he will not run for re-election in November presenting House Democrats with a potential opportunity to pick up the seat this fall.
Gerlach, who represents a suburban district outside Philadelphia, released a written statement saying after 6 terms in the House and 12 years in the state legislature, "it is simply time for me to move on to new challenges and to spend more time with my wife and family, who have been extremely supportive and have made significant sacrifices during my tenure in public office."
(CNN) – Things looked a little different at the White House Monday.
The formerly clean-shaven Press Secretary Jay Carney returned from vacation, unveiling new stubble at the press briefing, much to the delight of the White House press corps who teased the spokesman for his more trendy look.