Loaded language poisons gun debate
January 31st, 2013
09:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Loaded language poisons gun debate

(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.

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Filed under: Gun rights
January 13th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Countdown to new wave in gun violence battle

(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.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Biden • NRA • President Obama
Biden vows recommendations to curb gun violence by Tuesday
January 10th, 2013
12:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Biden vows recommendations to curb gun violence by Tuesday

(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.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Biden • White House
January 8th, 2013
07:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly launch battle against gun lobby: No more 'fear'

(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."

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun rights
Chuck Hagel's military, government career
January 7th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Sparks could fly in 'historic' Hagel confirmation hearings

(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.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense
January 2nd, 2013
12:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Furor over dropped vote for Sandy aid defused

(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.

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Filed under: New Jersey • New York • Peter King
January 2nd, 2013
11:52 AM ET
2 years ago

Fiscal cliff deal: 5 things to know

(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.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
January 1st, 2013
12:51 PM ET
2 years ago

5 things to know about the fiscal cliff

(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.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
Social media: Fiscal cliff deadlock is 'jeopardizing faith in our government'
December 31st, 2012
02:12 PM ET
1 year ago

Social media: Fiscal cliff deadlock is 'jeopardizing faith in our government'

(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.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff
November 7th, 2012
07:19 AM ET
2 years ago

'Time for governing:' Obama's re-election puts 'forward' to the test

(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.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
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