Ailsa Chang appears in the following:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Some gun rights supporters point out that only a tiny fraction of people caught trying to buy a gun illegally are ever prosecuted. They say the government should focus on enforcing current law, not expanding background checks. But gun control supporters say that argument misses the point.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Senate is officially moving toward debate on gun control legislation. To do that, Democratic leaders on Thursday first had to defeat a Republican filibuster. They did so with the help of 16 Republicans. The procedural vote was a victory for gun-control supporters, but more battles lie ahead.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Congress took a major step toward its first gun bill in nearly two decades on Thursday morning, as Democratic leaders broke a Republican filibuster to stop a proposal expanding criminal background checks for gun buyers. Sixteen Republican joined all but two Democrats to move forward with the bill. Ailsa Chang joins Audie Cornish from the Capitol to explain what it means, and what happens next.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Senate is expected to hold its first floor vote on a gun bill since the Newtown school shootings on Thursday. It's an attempt to move forward on legislation expanding the use of criminal background checks for gun buyers. Some Republicans had threatened a filibuster to stop the measure, but support for that tactic appears to have diminished.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
More than three months after the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the U.S. Senate is poised to bring a gun bill to the floor on Thursday. It's far weaker than what gun control advocates had hoped for, but nonetheless faces a Republican filibuster because gun rights groups say it goes too far.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Senate staffers say a bipartisan agreement has yet to be reached on universal background checks, and that snarl may end up delaying a vote on gun legislation for another week. Lobbyists on both sides of the debate are using the extra time to keep the pressure on.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The court OK'd a suit against the federal government over alleged sexual assault by prison guards. The decision broadens the reading of the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
As oral arguments were held Tuesday in the first of two same-sex-marriage cases inside the Supreme Court, the steps and sidewalks outside were transformed into a public forum of sorts on the issue.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Court watchers and linestanders have been queued up outdoors for days seeking entry to this week's Supreme Court arguments on gay marriage. But a late-March snow raised the ante overnight.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The 20 women in the U.S. Senate this year is the largest number in history. Female senators also now claim an unprecedented number of leadership positions. And several female senators interviewed say that is causing a change on Capitol Hill in the tone and process of legislating.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Legislation passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee inspired a few extreme examples for and against it. But the battle might just get tougher on the Senate floor, particularly for the proposed assault weapons ban.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
President Obama is in the middle of a charm offensive on Capitol Hill, hoping to win over converts to his way of thinking on a variety of topics. This week, he's making the rounds to get closer to a plan to reduce the deficit. That plan — if it ever comes to fruition — has been dubbed "the Grand Bargain."
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
President Obama came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, in the first of three planned visits to court lawmakers on a cluster of issues, from gun control legislation to a so-called grand bargain on tax reform and entitlement spending cuts. He spoke with Senate Democrats. Melissa Block talks to Ailsa Chang.
Friday, March 08, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would increase penalties for people who buy guns for those barred from purchasing firearms. It will be another week before members take up the next three gun bills.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The first major gun bills in nearly two decades had their first hearing in the Senate on Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and a ban on so-called "straw purchases." Still, even in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the legislation faces an uphill battle. Ailsa Chang talks to Melissa Block.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
The continuing resolution allows Congress to carry over the previous fiscal year's budget into the next one. And if Congress doesn't pass one by March 27, the government will run out of money and likely shut down.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The House finally took up an extension to the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. There were a number of roadblocks to what many saw as an uncontroversial bill.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
President Obama and the top congressional leaders gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the dedication of a new statue honoring civil rights activist Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up a seat on a public bus sparked a boycott and a movement.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The earliest flu outbreak in years continues to claim victims. Businesses are taking a hit, too. They're faced with an unsolvable problem: If they tell too many sick employees to stay home, the work doesn't get done; those who do come to the office can spread germs.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
It was a busy year for federal authorities pursuing insider trading cases, such as the one against hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. Investigators say that success comes largely from their decision to attack insider trading the way they take down the Mafia and drug cartels — with wiretaps, informants and cooperators.