Updated 7:23 p.m., 12/11/13
(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff was arrested on Wednesday on child pornography related charges, federal prosecutors said.
Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was held pending a planned hearing on Thursday in federal court in Washington, according to a Justice Department statement.
(CNN) – The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to renew a 10-year ban on guns that cannot be picked up by metal detectors commonly found in airports, court houses and government buildings.
The law, which prohibits firearms made mostly of plastic, was set to expire at day's end.
(CNN) – The Obama administration has said it has been frantically working to fix big technical problems with the HealthCare.gov site following its disastrous launch in October.
There have been hardware upgrades and other changes, and officials hope to have the site up and running smoothly for most people by Saturday.
But then the administration also says the weekend deadline is not a panacea, that problems could still occur. What, then, should consumers expect?
Here are five things to know about HealthCare.gov this weekend.FULL STORY
(CNN) - After an angry rant cost Alec Baldwin his show on MSNBC, the former host is blasting the network for keeping host Martin Bashir after he made incendiary remarks about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
(CNN) - Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that "we are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month" with the problem-plagued Obamacare website.
In a conference call with state and local officials, Sebelius added that "this isn't a magic 'turn on the on switch'" to fix HealthCare.gov and that "the experience is vastly improved each day."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed multiple times by his son, said he will work to change how mental health services are delivered so that "other families don't have to go through what we are living."
Deeds' son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, committed suicide after the fight.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Dozens of mainstream media outlets wrote a letter to the White House Press Secretary Thursday alleging his office has been barring photographers from events where President Barack Obama is present and swapping in their own photographs as a substitute.
The letter to Jay Carney from the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) decried the “routine” denial of photographers and videographers from occasions when the President is “performing his official duties.”
Updated 11/20/2013 at 6pm ET
(CNN) - Sheriff's deputies had been called to the home of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds a day before the fight that left his son dead and the veteran politician with multiple stab wounds, investigators reported Wednesday.
Deputies responded to a "nonemergency call for assistance" at Deeds' home in Millboro, in the rural western part of the state, on Monday, Virginia State Police said. The deputies made no arrests, and no charges were filed, the agency said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stop Texas from implementing a part of a new abortion law that requires doctors to get admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they're providing abortion services.
A federal appeals court had reinstated the key part of the law, which is considered among the most restrictive in the country.FULL STORY
Watch CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET for more of our interview with actor Matt Damon.
(CNN) - Actor Matt Damon has spoken out about teachers' unions and public schools, rallying teachers at a march in Washington in 2011 decrying the widespread use of standardized testing to judge how well teachers, students and schools are performing. At that event, he also challenged a reporter who questioned a teacher's incentive to put in work on the job, and went after a cameraman who proposed that 10 percent of teachers are bad.FULL STORY