Washington (CNN) – The leading bipartisan negotiations in the Senate for new gun control legislation would favor expanding background checks but would fall short of the universal approach backed by President Barack Obama and many Democrats, CNN has learned.
FBI background checks are currently required for commercial sales. The proposal being considered would expand them to gun shows and Internet sales, but would not require them for any other private sales, according to multiple sources in both parties familiar with the talks.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – A sharp disagreement over the future treatment of undocumented workers on America's farms is holding up progress on the comprehensive immigration reform bill being considered by the Senate's so-called "Gang of Eight."
The two key sticking points are wages and the number of visas to be granted to undocumented farm workers, two sources close to the talks confirmed Friday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Initially Rep. Diana DeGette was against large gun magazines because they "put the 'mass' in 'mass shooting'" but now the Colorado Democrat has warmed to them. If enough people use them, she said, eventually the supply will run out.
Her comments sparked mockery from conservatives.
(CNN) – Thought the battles over budgets were over?
They’re not, at least in the political sense.
(CNN) - These two men are the spiritual advisers to a troubled flock: they are Fr. Patrick Conroy and retired Rear Adm. Barry Black, chaplains of the House and Senate respectively.
One of them originally wanted to be a member of Congress himself, and says of his current post, "God remembered my bucket list."
The two men spoke with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley about their unusual jobs ahead of Easter.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's congressional courtship continues as he's set to dine with a new group of Senate Republicans next month.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, said the president approached their office about a week ago and asked them to put together a list of 12 Republican senators.
Washington (CNN) – Is the clock ticking on gun control?
While support for many gun control policies remains high in the wake of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, polls conducted over the past few weeks suggest that three-and-a-half months after the tragedy, public backing for major new gun laws overall appears to have dropped significantly.FULL STORY
(CNN) - What genre best fits a six-minute "Star Trek" knock off where government agents confront an epidemic of alien identity theft and Solar Security Number fraud?
Perhaps somewhere between the "science fiction" and "bureaucracy" categories? Close.
Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of $85 billion in forced spending cuts.
The measure, which passed the House in a 318-109 vote, cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.