(CNN) – CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper became the first journalist to tap into the social media app Jelly, asking people to weigh in on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
Jelly is a new app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that lets users ask questions using pictures.
Updated 6:03 p.m. ET, 1/28/2014
(CNN) - A newly surfaced letter written by Jesse Ryan Loskarn gives details on why the former U.S. Senate aide killed himself after getting arrested last month for possessing child pornography.
Washington (CNN) – If you tune in to CNN’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, you’ll find plenty of intelligent reporting, insightful analysis, and a robust and thoughtful discussion of the most important issues facing our nation.
You won't find any of that here. But where else will you find the answers to burning questions such as, “What color necktie did Obama wear in 2011?” and “What the heck is that thing in front of John Boehner?”
(CNN) – A year ago, Kyle Thompson was a soft-spoken, 115 pound, football-playing freshman whose tug-of-war with a teacher over 'the hit list," a note about kids he wanted to tackle on the field, landed him in handcuffs and ultimately led to his expulsion.
He's still soft spoken, but after eight months on house arrest and self-imposed isolation from friends, he's grown.FULL STORY
Updated 2:02 p.m. ET, 1/24/2014
(CNN) - A former U.S. Senate aide who was charged last month with possessing child pornography was found dead Thursday in a Maryland home where he's been living with relatives, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in Maryland said.
Investigators preliminarily believe Jesse Ryan Loskarn "may have taken his own life," the office said.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING … OBAMA ANNOUNCES MODEST CHANGES TO NSA DATA COLLECTION … Under pressure as a result of last year's classified leaks of U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama unveiled new guidance for intelligence-gathering and reforms intended to balance the nation's security needs with concerns over privacy and civil liberties. Obama outlined a series of steps that would change some aspects of NSA collection of phone records and other information but generally leave intact the core and function of existing programs. – Tom Cohen. Jim Acosta and Mariano Castillo
REACTION FROM SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KENTUCKY, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “He's not going to fundamentally change any of this… He says the right thing, I think his heart is really in the right place, and his motives are not bad...but I don't think there's enough of a healthy respect for the Fourth Amendment."
WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “What we didn't hear from the president was any meaningful protection of U.S. business … As far as the outside world is concerned, the United States has become an archipelago of coercion, where any person you are dealing with in business, at Google, or Facebook, or Yahoo!, or at a telecommunications company might have become secretly an agent of the National Security Agency, because they're ordered to do so by the FISA court, and they're forced to keep that secret, all through the mechanism of national security letters.”
Washington (CNN) – The heated debate over the Washington Redskins name has now moved beyond living rooms and corporate offices to the U.S. government itself, with one agency making an unequivocal ruling that the term "Redskins" is offensive slang.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected an application to trademark the name "Redskins Hog Rind," writing that the term "Redskins" is "a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians."
Washington (CNN) - Tianna Gaines-Turner is so politically active she gave 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney a questionnaire to answer on policy positions. When he failed to respond, she volunteered on President Barack Obama's campaign. She also encourages her neighbors to vote.
Her activism is persistent despite feeling like she is an ignored component of the American electorate.FULL STORY