(CNN) - Parents who lose children in national calamities come to represent a pain and grief and importance that it is difficult to ignore.
Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, a State Department information officer, listened to the Benghazi hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. She said she did not get the answers she was looking for.FULL STORY
(CNN) - When asked if he would recommend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant, former attorney general under George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, replied, "Yes, the answer to that question is yes."
The White House said Monday that Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was noticeably moved by the Sandy Hook families he met Wednesday afternoon. He met with them just hours after unveiling a bipartisan bill alongside Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that would extend background checks to guns bought online and at gun shows.
"I can do something," an emotional Manchin told the parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook attack.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Weeks ago, virtually no one thought it would happen, but it now seems possible Congress could enact new gun regulations, even against the wishes of powerful gun groups like the National Rifle Association.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have struck a bargain to expand background checks to firearms bought at gun shows and on the internet. But it is unclear how many of Toomey's Republican colleagues will vote for the bipartisan plan. Toomey said a number of them have expressed interest.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is based in San Francisco, but has said being mayor of New York City would be his dream job,
The "desire to be mayor is more of an aspirational kind, or raising the bar of how I should be thinking," Dorsey said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."FULL STORY
(CNN) - Unshackled from the White House, former spokesman for the National Security Council Tommy Vietor is being very candid about the Israeli cause to free Jonathan Pollard – an American who spied for Israel. Pollard was convicted in 1987 and is currently serving out a life sentence in the United States.
Many Israelis are waging a public effort to free Pollard in advance of President Obama's scheduled visit to Israel later this month. The effort for a pardon has been going on for decades, and has been rejected by presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
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