An emotional and forceful New York Times op-ed penned by former Rep. Gabby Giffords is gathering attention Thursday morning, one day after the Senate voted down a measure to expand background checks on gun sales in the wake of tragedies such as the deadly 2011 Tucson shooting that left her seriously injured.
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Sen. Joe Manchin III struck an optimistic tone on Thursday despite the defeat of a bitterly fought measure that would expand background checks on certain gun sales.
While gun-control proponents derided the Senate for failing Wednesday to expand background checks on certain gun sales, a Texas conservative hailed the vote as "a victory for peace and civil liberties."
With tensions mounting in Caracas over Sunday's tight election results, the White House called on the Venezuelan government to allow a "credible and transparent process" to vet the election results and also urged it to allow for peaceful protests.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he would have trouble living with himself if he declined to support gun-control measures on the chamber floor Wednesday, particularly if and when tragedy strikes again.
Sen. Joe Manchin says America's gun laws are so lax that at least one known terrorist is ready and willing to take advantage of them.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Wednesday that he is "considering" running for president in the 2016 election, but he won't make a decision before next year.
President Obama said he had "better things to do" than get involved in the now-infamous trip to Cuba of rapper Jay-Z and wife Beyonce, who were big supporters of his reelection.
Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday that North Korea has "limited capacity" to deliver a direct threat to the United States.
Mindful that Vice President Joseph R. Biden is eyeing the presidency in 2016, President Obama declined a chance Wednesday to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Republican lawmakers are reluctant to support the gun-control bill in the Senate because it does not get to the root of the problem and provide them adequate political cover.
Sen. Bill Nelson said Tuesday there is growing support for a measure in President Obama's budget that would reduce the amount Medicare pays drug companies for prescriptions provided to millions of seniors who also qualify for the Medicaid program for the poor.
President Obama Tuesday morning ordered American flags at the White House, federal buildings and grounds, as well as military facilities to be lowered to half-staff late to recognize the explosions in Boston, but only after the flags flying at full staff in the nation's capital Tuesday morning set off a viral stream of commentary on Twitter.
President Obama's re-election campaign infrastructure is still producing dividends, raising $7 million in the last quarter despite a a relatively dismal fundraising quarter for Organizing for Action, the nonprofit which will advocate for the president's policies after the campaign account itself is put to bed.
The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday the immigration reform bill set to be unveiled in the Senate is a step forward but includes too many obstacles for those who committed minor crimes or cannot afford the hefty fines required to start the path to legal status or citizenship.