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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- A Republican and a Democrat who both support gun rights announced today that they'd reached a compromise deal on the controversial issue of background checks. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin say if their plan becomes law it would expand background checks for firearms sold on the internet and at gun shows. After the news conferene, Manchin was asked how he thought Newtown familes would respond:
"I would hope they would look at the positive things and the positive steps we’ve taken to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people – I really would."
- U.S. intelligence sources say North Korea might launch multiple missiles in the days ahead. The Musudan missiles have the range to strike a number of targets including South Korea and Japan. But most analysts believe the North is planning a test launch first. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:
"This country, the United States of America, our allies, the United Nations has been very clear that North Korea has been, with is bellicose rhetoric, with its actions, has been skating very close to a dangerous line."
- Much of the attention in Washington today was focused on guns and President Obama's budget. But a rally held outside the Capitol building was all about immigration. Demonstrations also took place today in other major cities including Atlanta and Los Angeles. CNN Senior Latin American Affairs Editor Rafael Romo says a group of senators known as the 'Gang of Eight' have been hashing out a blueprint for an immigration reform bill:
“The main contentious point has always been this path to citizenship. A lot of very conservative Republicans do not want that to be part of whatever bill comes out of the Senate or the House, because the House is also working on a different bill. ”
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