(CNN) - Serving on Capitol Hill is something of a tradition in the Dingell family, but Debbie Dingell announced Saturday she won't be seeking a seat in Washington.
The wife of longtime Rep. John Dingell Jr., D-Michigan, said in a note sent to family and friends and obtained by CNN that it is "critical that Democrats unite behind one candidate for what will be a difficult and expensive race" to replace Sen. Carl Levin, who has chosen not to seek a seventh term next year.
(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he'll set aside proposed gun legislation without a final vote following the defeat a day earlier of major provisions sought by President Barack Obama and Democrats in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.
"(Obama) and I agreed that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit pause, and freeze the background check bill where it is," he said on the Senate floor. "This will allow senators to keep negotiating."
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Gabby Giffords remembers facing her assailant at his sentencing.
"Beady eyes," she said of Jared Loughner, who shot the former Arizona congresswoman in the head with a 9mm Glock pistol. Six people died and 13 were injured that day when the deranged gunman opened fire in front of a Tucson supermarket.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Gabby Giffords is planning to come to Washington, D.C., next week, just as the Senate will be immersed in debate over new gun legislation, which she has been lobbying senators to support.
Giffords, who plans to travel with husband Mark Kelly, will attend an unveiling of a bust of Gabe Zimmerman, one of her former aides who was killed along with 5 others the day she was shot in 2011.
(CNN) – When a deal on expanding background checks was announced Wednesday, only two senators stood on stage – Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Absent was another lawmaker with a long history of advocating for gun control: Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat.
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Gabby Giffords will never be the same after being shot through the head little more than two years ago.
Yet one thing hasn't changed, ironically, is her appreciation for guns.FULL STORY
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - What is most shocking about Gabby Giffords now is how much she looks like her old self. Her golden locks are back, so is the sparkle in her eyes and her broad smile. Gone is the short hair and thin frame we saw at the beginning of her recovery.
Yet she knows she will never be the same.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was nearly killed more than 2 years ago by a man with a gun. Today, her brain injuries make speaking difficult, and yet she has become an active spokeswoman for new restrictions on guns.
Ironically she has not lost her love of guns. Target practice is still a form of entertainment at her mother's house deep in the Arizona desert. Her husband Mark Kelly uses pots and water bottles as targets, while Giffords watches from the patio with her mother cheering him on.
Watch more of Dana Bash’s interview with Gabby Giffords Tuesday on AC360 – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET, only on CNN.
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 bipartisan group of senators on the verge of a new comprehensive immigration reform bill have tentatively agreed to the stickiest issues, like a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and metrics for securing the border, and is now working on the remaining unresolved detail: how to construct a guest worker program for the future.
A source familiar with the immigration negotiations tells CNN the eight senators, four Democrats and four Republicans, will hold their final meetings Friday before a two week spring break. The source says they feel confident that they will be ready to unveil the highly anticipated immigration bill early in the week of April 8th, when Congress returns to work.