(CNN) – The two Republicans vying for a spot on the ballot in South Carolina's special U.S. Congressional election traded barbs Thursday over former Gov. Mark Sanford's history of marital infidelity.
Opponent Curtis Bostic claimed the former governor was a "compromised candidate" because of an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina in 2009 during his tenure in the state house.
(CNN) – Conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage must accept that they’ve “lost the issue,” radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Thursday.
“This issue is lost,” the conservative firebrand said. “I don't care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable - and it's inevitable because we lost the language on this. “
(CNN) – Sen. Mark Kirk received well wishes from across the political spectrum after suffering a stroke in 2012, but on Thursday the Illinois Republican showed off a 'get well' note from far outside the Beltway.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA LAYS THE SHAME: President Barack Obama tried to shame the nation and Congress into action against gun violence Thursday, saying it was time for action after the tears and grief of tragedies like the Newtown massacre in December. His voice both somber and angry, Obama told the audience – which included family members of Newtown victims - that “we've cried enough,” and now it is time for Americans to pressure their elected leaders to pass a package of laws proposed by Senate Democrats.
“There are some powerful voices on the other side who are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject,” the president said, adding that “their assumption is that people will just forget about it.” If that happens, Obama said, then “shame on us if we've forgotten.”
NRA RESPONDS VIA TWITTER:
Washington (CNN) - A top congressional Republican is drafting alternative gun control legislation that threatens to undermine proposals now under consideration by leaders of the Senate's Democratic majority, CNN learned Thursday.
A spokeswoman for Iowa's Chuck Grassley refused to give CNN details of the senator's plan. In the past, however, he has backed measures to deter "straw purchases" to clamp down on gun trafficking. He also supports new safety provisions for schools.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A point of Ticker privilege here as we say goodbye to CNN Photojournalist Mike Greene, who retires Friday.
Greene has covered the White House for CNN since the first Bush administration – more than 20 years. In fact, he covered President Ronald Reagan before joining the ranks at CNN. That's five presidents.
(CNN) – Taking steps to make good on a pledge from his State of the Union Address, President Obama signed an executive order Thursday that establishs a bipartisan panel to address long lines at polling stations and other voter irregularities.
"When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can't wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals," Obama said during the State of the Union. "We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy."
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said her views on same-sex marriage are "evolving" and she's considering her stance on the issue "very closely,' according to a local newspaper in her state.
Her comments come nearly two weeks after Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio became the only sitting Republican senator to endorse same-sex marriage. If Murkowski does in fact have a change of heart, she would become the second.
(CNN) - The White House will release its budget for the 2014 fiscal year on April 10th, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced at Thursday's White House briefing, more than two months after the February deadline.
Previously White House officials would only say the budget was coming the week of April 8, without revealing a specific date. Republicans were sharply critical of the delay, which came after protracted negotiations over spending cuts and tax rates.