(CNN) – When Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson entered a floor debate Monday over a legislative effort to repeal the state's same-sex marriage ban, he had no idea he'd be waking up the next morning with his name in national headlines.
That's because Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, publicly announced he was gay. The decision, he said, was just as much of a surprise to him as it was to others.
(CNN) - Heading into last week's gun control vote, polls showed that nearly nine in 10 Americans favored background checks not currently required by law for gun sales–a rarely seen, overwhelming amount of support for a piece of legislation in Washington.
Now that the Senate actually failed to pass such a measure, a new poll indicates Americans aren't as upset about the unsuccessful bill.
(CNN) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will attend the George W. Bush Presidential Center opening in Dallas this week, Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the governor's office, confirmed Tuesday.
Christie will leave for Texas Wednesday afternoon to attend a dinner the night before the invitation-only dedication ceremony the next morning at Southern Methodist University.
Watch John King's interview with President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush Wednesday on Anderson Cooper 360° at 10 p.m., only on CNN.
(CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said Sunday the FBI may have dropped the ball in its investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, began easing off that claim Monday, saying instead the agency "responsibly handled" the situation.
The Republican senator from South Carolina said he talked to the assistant director of the FBI after he made his assertions Sunday and had some of his questions answered, including why the case was cleared and how Tsarnaev may have been able to travel to Russia in 2012, a 'misspelling' keeping his name from getting flagged.
(CNN) - Another senator raised concerns on Sunday about taking up the new bipartisan immigration reform bill following last week's terror attack in Boston. The two suspects - one of whom was killed in a shootout with police, the other is in federal custody - came to the country legally more than a decade ago.
Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana said Sunday that Congress should wait until the emotional reaction to the violence subsides before tackling immigration legislation.
(CNN) - The federal government messed up following the FBI’s investigation of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday.
The agency was looking into Tsarnaev’s extremist ties two years ago.
(CNN) – The death penalty should be applied in the case of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspected of participating in the Boston Marathon bombings, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
"Given the facts that I've seen, it would be appropriate to use the death penalty in this case and I hope they would apply it in federal court," Schumer, D-New York, said on CNN's "State of the Union."
(CNN) – House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday he believes Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, received training during an extended trip to the Chechen region of Russia in 2012.
McCaul also questioned why the FBI did not take further action against Tsarnaev when he was investigated before his trip.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama united with Republicans on Saturday in condemning the violence that took place in Boston and praised the valor that ensued.
The president met with his National Security Council including top counter-terrorism officials and investigators.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt on Friday night that "we've closed an important chapter in this tragedy," adding that those who carried out the "vicious attack" failed because Americans "refuse to be terrorized."
Speaking at the White House, Obama praised the work of law enforcement after they captured the second of two suspects following a daylong search, and pledged continued federal law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence resources to the ongoing investigation.