(CNN) – The National Rifle Association holds its annual meeting this weekend with the gun debate cooling overall and pivoting to the states, where gun-rights advocates are recalibrating around big money.
The three-day event in Indianapolis is expected to draw 70,000 to its sprawling shooting, hunting and outdoor exhibits as well as rallies, seminars and concerts.
Storrs, Connecticut (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented the state of journalism on Wednesday, telling an audience at the University of Connecticut that journalism is now driven more by entertainment than fact based reporting.
Clinton, who has been the focus of national media attention since the early 1990s, told the 2,300-person audience that "journalism has changed quite a bit in a way that is not good for the country and not good for journalism."
(CNN) – Elizabeth Warren contends America's middle class struggles against a system that's "rigged" and favors those who wield power in money and politics.
It's a refrain the freshman Democratic Massachusetts senator and former consumer protection advocate repeats often since entering national politics where she is already viewed as a possible presidential candidate in 2016 even though she says she's not running.
It's also the crux of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," released this week.
Watch the full interview on CNN Tonight with Bill Weir at 9 p.m. EST
(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used remarks at a women's leadership conference in Boston to urge more female participation and, in a new comment for the former first lady, pushed to end age discrimination of women.
The push from Clinton, which came largely unprovoked and in the last question of the Wednesday event, is especially interesting considering a chorus of Republicans who are charging that Clinton will be too old to run for president in 2016.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 23, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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NEW POLLS SHOW TIGHT SENATE RACES IN NC, KY… New polls in four southern states that could determine whether the Democrats keep control of the Senate in this November's midterm elections indicate close contests. According to the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys, North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is all tied up with GOP state House Speaker Thom Tillis. Hagan's two-point 42%-40% margin is within the survey's sampling error. In Kentucky – one of only two states right now where the Democrats hope to go on offense – Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell appears basically deadlocked with Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. According to the poll, 44% of registered voters in Kentucky say they'd back McConnell, compared to 43% for Grimes.
AND WIDER MARGINS IN AR, LA … In Arkansas, the survey shows Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor leading GOP Rep. Tom Cotton by 10 points, 46%-36%. In Louisiana, 42% of voters back Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu while 18% back GOP front-runner Rep. Bill Cassidy. (If no one cracks 50% of the vote in Louisiana, the top two finishers compete in a runoff in December.)
Washington (CNN) – Jeb Bush has often said he was considering running for President, but what may have been different was the reaction he got Wednesday at a New York City fundraiser for Catholic Charities. He received a standing ovation and was cheered on during the private event, one attendee told CNN.
In response, Bush joked with the crowd to “call” his mother to get permission – a reference to Barbara Bush’s comments that there should be other families running for president and that there have been enough Bushes to occupy the Oval Office – although she also said Jeb is the most qualified.
Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity is definitely putting its money where its mouth is.
The conservative non-profit political advocacy group backed by the deep pockets of billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch announced Wednesday that it will spend around $2.5 million over the next two weeks to run television commercials critical of the federal health care law in four states where Democrats face a challenge in keeping Senate seats in party hands.
Washington (CNN) -- Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser in Manhattan on Wednesday evening for the gun control group founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, a source familiar with the event confirmed to CNN.
Approximately 50 people will attend the fundraiser for the group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, at a private home.
Ellijay, Georgia (CNN) – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.
House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 - which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" - specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions for taking guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.
(CNN) - New polls in four southern states that could determine whether the Democrats keep control of the Senate in this November's midterm elections indicate close contests.
And according to the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys, released Wednesday, President Barack Obama's approval ratings are in the low 30's in two of those states and hovering at or just above the 40% mark in the other two states. Republicans are trying to frame the midterm contests as a referendum on the President and on his federal health care law, better known as Obamacare.