New Britain, Connecticut (CNN) – In the midst of managing the nation's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama enlisted the help of some fellow executives on Wednesday to continue his fight for an increase in the nation's minimum wage.
To help make his case, Obama put his domestic fight in an international context, making a veiled reference to incidents abroad by characterizing the struggles of protesters around the globe as a search for American-style opportunity.
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told CNN his meeting with the family members of those killed in the Sandy Hook school shootings was "very good."
Several relatives of those who died in the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December returned to Capitol Hill six months after the tragedy. The massacre left twenty school children and six educators at Sandy Hook elementary school dead. The group sat down with Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to discuss their efforts to push for legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.
(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been courting gun manufacturers in states that have enacted tougher gun laws, and next week, he's taking his message on the road.
Perry will travel to Connecticut and New York to meet with business leaders in the firearm industries, his office announced.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday about the loss of life this week at the Boston Marathon and the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, passionately explaining that news of one loss "brings home immediately, vividly the moment you learned of your loss."
After noting the deaths in Massachusetts and Texas, Biden recalled the December massacre at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, saying those instances showed the "incredible resilience, heroism, commitment and love of the people who responded to these tragedies."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama angrily chided lawmakers reluctant to back gun control legislation on Monday, saying the overwhelming support for measures like universal background checks among the American people should force action in Congress.
The president was speaking in Hartford, not far from the site of the massacre in Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Washington (CNN) - Twelve family members of children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school flew to Washington with President Barack Obama on board Air Force One Monday following the president's speech in Connecticut.
They'll spend two days lobbying senators to pass gun safety legislation, after joining the president for the event in Hartford, during which the president pressed Congress to act in the wake of the Newtown killings.
(CNN) - Responding to criticism from the National Rifle Association over Connecticut's new gun laws, Gov. Dan Malloy argued the pro-gun group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, is simply blowing smoke.
"Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus - they get the most attention. That's what he's paid to do," Malloy said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) - The Connecticut Senate voted 26-10 on Wednesday to approve a major overhaul of gun laws in the wake of the December massacre at an elementary school in Newtown.
The compromise measure moved to the state House, which debated it Wednesday evening.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The National Rifle Association has "stooped to a new low" in making robocalls to residents in Newtown, the two U.S. senators from Connecticut argued in a letter to the NRA on Monday.
"We call on you to immediately stop calling the families and friends of the victims in Newtown," the senators wrote.
(CNN) - Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has invited gunmakers such as Colt to relocate to his state from others including Connecticut, where firearms have been a controversial issue since a school shooting there last December left 20 students and six adults dead.
The gun industry in Connecticut is being attacked and "demonized" because of national politics, Gunn said in a letter this week to Colt's Manufacturing Company CEO Dennis Veilleux.FULL STORY