(CNN) – It seems George W. Bush can take a joke - and tell one.
But before the former President sat down with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show late Tuesday, the comedian turned his successor, Barack Obama, into the brunt of his hard jabs.FULL STORY
(CNN) - After two bids for the Oval Office, a sex scandal and a fraud trial, John Edwards is back where he started from.
The former senator will be practicing personal injury law in his home state of North Carolina, CNN affiliate WRAL reported Monday.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy was confirmed late Wednesday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, after being nominated by President Obama in July.
She is the last surviving member of former president John F. Kennedy's immediate family.
Kennedy replaces John Roos, who assumed the role in 2009 and was the first American ambassador to attend commemoration ceremonies for the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
After receiving degrees at Harvard and Columbia, Kennedy served in a variety of roles at nonprofits, including the John F. Kennedy Library and the American Ballet Theatre. She has said she will resign from her non-profit positions upon taking up her new role.
Kennedy was a top supporter of President Obama and co-chaired his vice president search committee in 2008.
(CNN) - It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.
A U.S. law enforcement official said Monday that gunman Aaron Alexis unleashed a barrage of bullets using an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic handgun. Authorities believed the AR-15 was used for most of the shooting, the official said. The news prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the strongest proponents of a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, to issue a statement the same day asking, "When will enough be enough?"FULL STORY
(CNN) - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who's battling a tide of sexual harassment allegations, wants his city to cover his legal expenses.
Last week, Filner's lawyer sent a letter to the city, saying it should mount the mayor's defense and pay his legal bills.FULL STORY
(CNN) - North Carolina's House of Representatives passed a restrictive abortion bill Thursday with a 74-41 vote. The bill now heads to the state Senate for approval.
The bill would place requirements on clinics that family planning advocates say would make it hard for them to stay in business. Among the requirements is the presence of a doctor when an abortion is being performed.FULL STORY
(CNN) - If at first you don't succeed, ride in on a motorcycle.
Conservative legislators in North Carolina trying to get a new restrictive abortion bill passed have done just that.
House committee members refashioned a bill on motorcycle safety into one principally about abortion after the state's governor threatened on Wednesday to veto the anti-abortion measures.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The border with Mexico must be secure.
This requirement is the cornerstone of an immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators are to file on Capitol Hill Tuesday. There will be no path to legal residency for migrants without it.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Monday is tax day, and in case you're wondering where your money went last year, President Barack Obama is eager to let you know. He's giving you a detailed receipt.
For the third year, taxpayers can visit the White House website for the nitty-gritty on how the government spends tax dollars from American households.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A new Congress takes office Thursday, and many of the same difficult issues that snagged the last one will fall into its lap.
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, a deal worked out after lengthy, grinding friction between Democrats and Republicans. The political theatrics kept Americans and people around the world on pins and needles over how the outcome would affect the shaky global economy.FULL STORY