(CNN) - Gabby Giffords' gun control group will air an ad featuring the former congresswoman around Tuesday’s State of the Union address, pushing Congress to take action on legislation expanding background checks on firearms sales.
Capitalizing on the wide audience, Americans for Responsible Solutions will run the ad nationwide around the President's speech.
(CNN) - Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds remembers his son as "a sensitive, beautiful child" who was "full of love," but a severe mental illness led Austin "Gus" Deeds to do what his father now describes as the unthinkable. Gus, 24, stabbed his father multiple times before taking his own life.
"Whatever illness that took him was so contrary to his nature," an anguished Deeds recounted in a candid, emotional interview with Anderson Cooper for CNN's "AC360" just two months after his son's death.
(CNN) - A New Jersey mayor whose community was the scene of a now-famous traffic jam that is shaking up state politics and some say could impact the next presidential race is getting out of town for a night.
Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee is headed down to Washington where he plans to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Sokolich will be the guest of Rep. Bill Pascrell, a fellow Democrat whose North Jersey district includes Fort Lee, the lawmaker's office confirmed to CNN.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 27, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
HILLARY CLINTON: “MY BIGGEST REGRET” IS BENGHAZI:
In a speech to the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans, Hillary Clinton said Monday that the deaths of four Americans in Libya was her biggest regret during her time as secretary of State: “You know, my biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two CIA operatives. Losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic.” - Dan Merica
AND SHE MAKES BUZZ … “I CAN’T DRIVE ANYMORE”
“I have to confess that one of the regrets I have about my public life is that I can’t drive anymore. My husband thinks that’s a blessing, but he should talk. Last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996. I remember that very well and unfortunately so does the Secret Service which is why I haven’t driven since then.”
(CNN) - New Jersey state lawmakers voted on Monday to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal that has rocked the administration of Gov. Chris Christie.
The 12-member select committee on investigation is comprised of eight Democrats and four Republicans from the state Senate and Assembly.
(CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has a slight edge over his Democratic opponent in the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest, according to a new Badger State survey.
The Marquette Law School poll released Monday indicates 47% of Wisconsin voters would reelect Walker compared to the 41% who said they would back challenger Mary Burke.
(CNN) – Florida voters will get a chance to vote on legalizing marijuana in November.
The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved wording that can appear as a ballot initiative during the midterm elections later this year.
Washington (CNN) - Whichever language you speak, the Republican response to the State of the Union address tomorrow night will be in a woman’s voice.
Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will give a Spanish version of the party’s response to President Barack Obama’s annual speech, her office tells CNN. That will parallel the response Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, plans to give in English and will mark the first time that the GOP has tapped two women to give its official rebuttal of the President’s remarks.
(CNN) – Rep. Steve Stockman came back Monday from a 10-day congressional trip overseas to Egypt, Israel and Russia, his office said in a press release.
The outspoken Texas Republican, who's challenging incumbent Sen. John Cornyn in the Lone Star State's GOP primary, had largely been off the grid for the past couple of weeks, prompting numerous media reports and questions to his office about his whereabouts.
With President Obama's State of the Union Address coming up, Van Jones and Newt Gingrich want to hear your thoughts on what he should say.
Please join them on the Crossfire Facebook page today, January 27 at 3 p.m. ET. You can live chat with Newt and Van about your expectations for the President's annual address.
They will take questions and respond to your comments, it may just turn into a little debate. See you then!
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