What was behind Reid's sidestep on assault weapons ban?
March 21st, 2013
08:26 AM ET
2 years ago

What was behind Reid's sidestep on assault weapons ban?

Washington (CNN) - Depending on whom you ask, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to scuttle a controversial assault weapons ban proposal from a broader Democrat-backed gun control package is either shrewd strategy or political cowardice.

There's a little bit of truth in both perspectives, gun policy advocates say.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Harry Reid
February 26th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Hagel confirmation battle: bruised but standing

Washington (CNN) – Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's rocky and inauspicious path to the Pentagon could haunt him if he doesn't watch his step.

"If people feel Hagel makes a mistake in the future, they will come after him even harder than if this ugly process of recent weeks hadn't happened," said Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a co-author of "Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy."

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
February 14th, 2013
07:52 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama's emotional plea might lead to vote on guns

Washington (CNN) - "They deserve a vote."

President Barack Obama made that impassioned argument toward the end of his State of the Union message on Tuesday, using a strong emotional appeal to hammer home his plea for a vote in Congress on several gun control measures.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • Gun rights • President Obama • State of the Union
Domestic violence bill vote critical test of more inclusive GOP
February 12th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Domestic violence bill vote critical test of more inclusive GOP

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party's message makeover may soon face a critical test as it considers the Violence Against Women Act, legislation that draws into sharp contrast the differences between the two parties on women's issues.

The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday, 78-22, and sent it to the House of Representatives, where proponents expect a fight that would test Republican efforts to embrace inclusiveness.

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Filed under: Congress
It's your fault: How our 'tribes' help create gridlock in Congress
February 6th, 2013
07:28 AM ET
2 years ago

It's your fault: How our 'tribes' help create gridlock in Congress

Washington (CNN) - If Congress has danced at the most perilous edges of brinkmanship, we the people helped push them there.

We did it by voting lawmakers out of office when they work with the other party to craft legislation but then claiming we want Congress to compromise and seek bipartisan solutions.

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Filed under: Congress
Immigration plan: A new era of bipartisanship or a political necessity?
January 29th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Immigration plan: A new era of bipartisanship or a political necessity?

Washington (CNN) - An immigration proposal crafted for months in secret by a high-profile, bipartisan cadre of senators is both a rare moment of simpatico in politics and a matter of political practicality.

President Barack Obama, who won re-election with strong support from Latinos, the fastest-growing demographic, has called an overhaul of immigration a second-term priority. Meanwhile, Republicans who lost the Latino vote by large numbers, have signaled that mainstream members might be willing to compromise on thorny immigration issues.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Decisive action or imagery: Gun control and the power of political symbolism
January 14th, 2013
02:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Decisive action or imagery: Gun control and the power of political symbolism

Washington (CNN) – The pictures told the story: Vice President Joe Biden looked solemn, patrician and in control as he sat at a long table in the White House, flanked by people on both sides of the gun control issue.

The images conveyed a sense that the White House was in command on this issue.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun rights • Joe Biden
January 8th, 2013
01:29 PM ET
2 years ago

More 'cliffs' to come in new Congress

Washington (CNN) - Partisan bickering, acrimony, mistrust, communication breakdowns, lines drawn in the sand and 11th-hour compromises are the new normal on Capitol Hill.

Managing to function in a constant state of dysfunction while fiercely fighting to eke out a better deal during negotiations is what happens when the stakes are high and people involved are deeply vested.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
Benghazi report threatens to tarnish Clinton's legacy
December 20th, 2012
10:40 AM ET
2 years ago

Benghazi report threatens to tarnish Clinton's legacy

Washington (CNN) – The year 2012 was supposed to herald Hillary Clinton's swan song, a golden departure amid speculation that she might consider another run at the presidency in 2016.

Instead, the outgoing Secretary of State has found herself and her agency at the center of a scathing report about bloody attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Libya • State Department
December 14th, 2012
07:38 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain, Rice, Obama and the politics of personality

Washington (CNN) - Now that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, her supporters are criticizing those who brought her down as well as President Barack Obama, a long-time friend, who they say left her twisting in the wind.

"I'm not just disappointed that President Obama didn't go forward (with the nomination). He accepted her resignation not to put her name forward," Donna Brazile, CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist, said on the Situation Room.

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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • President Obama • Susan Rice
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