Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, 1/30/2014
(CNN) - It’s the issue that dominated last year’s State of the Union address, but two days after President Barack Obama gave gun control only a brief mention in this year’s speech, he confronted the nation’s gun violence crisis head-on during a stop in Nashville.
Obama headed to Tennessee to talk about education, but he spoke at a high school where students are still reeling from the recent shooting death of one of their classmates.
Updated 3:51 p.m. ET on 1/30/2014
(CNN) - Rep. Henry Waxman, a longtime Democrat from California, announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election to a 21st term this November.
“In 1974, I announced my first campaign for Congress," he said in a statement. "Today, I am announcing that I have run my last campaign. I will not seek reelection to the Congress and will leave after 40 years in office at the end of this year."
(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his Super Bowl pick Thursday morning, granting a rare interview as his administration faces abuse-of-power allegations.
“I believe Denver's going to win the game. I think it's going to be a close game and a good game,” he said on Philadelphia sports radio 94WIP, predicting the score would be around 24-21.
(CNN) – Ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, vying to reclaim his former post, has a 46%-38% lead over incumbent GOP Gov. Rick Scott in this year's governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.
The poll shows that the Republican-turned Democrat is ahead of Scott on most issues, and a majority of registered voters don't think Scott deserves a second term.
(CNN) – A new national poll released Thursday morning indicates potential Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton continues to have an overwhelming lead over other possible 2016 Democratic candidates, while former frontrunner Gov. Chris Christie is still losing ground among his potential GOP rivals.
Separately, a New Hampshire survey shows a similar outcome, with Clinton ahead and no clear GOP frontrunner in the crucial primary state.
Washington (CNN) – During Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, a loyal group of fundraisers – called the "Hillraisers" – donated and bundled millions of dollars for the then-senator's White House bid.
With the prospect of another run in 2016, the fundraisers watch Clinton’s moves with great interest, prepared to help any prospective run by opening their wallets and tapping their contacts as they did eight years earlier.