April 10th, 2013
07:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Background checks on gun sales: How do they work?

Washington (CNN) - A central part of the gun legislation Congress is expected to take up this week is the idea of expanded background checks on gun purchases. But few Americans understand how background checks actually work.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle - and an overwhelming number of Americans in national opinion polls - support expanded background checks before the purchase of guns. But when it comes to specifics, the divide shows.

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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights
February 27th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

'Larger than life' civil rights icon honored with statue in Capitol

Washington (CNN) – Had it not been for Rosa Parks and others of her era, President Barack Obama said he wouldn't be unveiling a bronze statue of the civil rights icon in the U.S. Capitol.

"We can do no greater honor ... than to carry forward her principle of courage born of conviction," Obama said at a ceremony on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama