(CNN) - It's the biggest, fiercest debate taking place across America. But it's poisoned from the get-go by a Tower of Babel predicament.
In disputes over the future of gun laws, people espousing different positions often literally don't understand each other.FULL STORY
(CNN) - When a set of recommendations to reduce gun violence hits President Barack Obama's desk on Tuesday, it will trigger a new stage in a decisive political battle consuming Washington. And it will show just how much America may have changed in the wake of last month's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
The proposals from a White House task force may include some with broad support on issues involving mental health. But one of the most intense flashpoints is already known: The group, overseen by Vice President Joe Biden, is expected to support reinstating an assault weapons ban.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A federal task force looking for ways to curb gun violence will have a set of recommendations by Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday.
Speaking during a week of meetings with disparate groups on various sides of the issue - including some for and others against stricter gun controls - Biden, who oversees the task force, said the recommendations given to President Obama will serve as a beginning.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have launched what they hope will mark a new era in the battle over gun rights in America.
On the second anniversary of a mass shooting in Arizona that wounded Giffords and killed six others, the couple launched a political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, along with a website calling for contributions to help "encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership."FULL STORY
(CNN) - He forged his views of war and the military as a young man in mine-plagued fields of Vietnam. Now Chuck Hagel may become the first Vietnam veteran and first enlisted soldier to serve as U.S. defense secretary.
He would also be one of the few Pentagon chiefs ever to have been wounded in war, President Barack Obama said in announcing his selection on Monday to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The promise of $60 billion can do a lot to calm outrage.
That point was underscored Wednesday, when House leaders met with irate representatives from New York and New Jersey who felt they had been ignored by House Speaker John Boehner when he scrapped a planned vote late Tuesday on a massive aid package for Superstorm Sandy victims.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Now that the House has passed a Senate deal to avert the fiscal cliff, it will become law when President Obama signs it. He has returned to Hawaii to join his family on vacation.
Here are five things to know about the complex bill, and what it does and doesn't do.FULL STORY
(CNN) - It's complex, dense, and filled with compromise. And the deal passed by the Senate to avert the "fiscal cliff" might not even become law, depending what actions the House takes.
Here are five things to know about the bill that passed the Senate overwhelmingly in the middle of the night.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The "fiscal cliff" is hours away. And Americans are angry.
Across the country, millions are fed up with a Congress that seems unable to get some important things done.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Democrats are collecting spoils beyond what many predicted, Republicans are licking wounds after a bruising battle, and the country is waking up to the mix of euphoric celebration and bitter disappointment that accompanies the long-awaited end of the election.
But in the lightning speed world of today's politics, the hours since President Barack Obama's re-election victory have allowed the conversation to shift - from what happened to what's next.FULL STORY