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Living in the US quietly illegal
Hamidou, an undocumented immigrant from Mali who overstayed his Visa, takes the bus to work.
April 25th, 2013
04:41 PM ET

Living in the US quietly illegal

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

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Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) - Hamidou, who we are identifying only by his first name, never goes inside his bank. He deposits his pay outside at the ATM. He also does not drive. And he definitely does not go to bars or any place there is a crowd.

The Mali native does this not just because he's in the United States illegally, but because he now believes he's within sight of a new law that will give him legal status:

[3:17] "I’m...basically waiting for the new immigration reform, I’m hoping that will be a good thing for me. Be able to be a citizen or have a legal status in this country. All over the world, wherever you go, people envy, people envy Americans. They want to be in the United States." FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: April 10, 2013
Journalists photograph copies of US President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal to be distributed to Senate staff on Capitol Hill.
April 10th, 2013
04:44 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 10, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(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."

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CNN Radio News Day: April 9, 2013
Connecticut Senators speak to the media after meeting with families impacted by the Newtown tragedy.
April 9th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 9, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Yesterday President Obama met with the families of the Newtown shooting victims in Connecticut. Today he brought 12 of them to back Washington. He's hoping to sway 14 Republican senators who have signed a letter promising to filibuster any gun control measures that could hit the Senate floor this week.  Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut:

"It is insulting to the families of Sandy Hook, Connecticut who have gone through this tragedy to not even get a vote on the floor of the United States Senate on a gun violence package that 90 percent of Americans support. What's become of this democracy?" FULL POST

April 9th, 2013
09:06 AM ET

Congress: Better than it seems?

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

Washington (CNN) – Gun legislation is locked in negotiations behind-closed-doors. As is immigration reform. The most frequent public activity for Republicans and Democrats in Congress remains criticizing each other.

And yet, there is a chance that Congress may be slowly getting more done, or at least avoiding gridlock, than in the past few years.

[2:18] “I think they finally recognize that it was unacceptable. That the partisan divide was so great it impeded progress.”

- Olympia Snowe, former Republican Senator and current chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform.

CNN looked through the past three months of votes in the House and Senate and discovered that of the major measures that received final votes, many passed with substantial bipartisan support in both chambers. What Snowe and others hope is a sign (if a modest one) of progress, others see as simple maneuvering.

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CNN Radio News Day: April 8, 2013
November 1976: Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher makes a 'victory' sign outside her home in Chelsea, London.
April 8th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 8, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died early this morning. Her spokeswoman said she suffered a stroke yesterday. She was 87-years-old. Reaction to Thatcher's death has come from all corners of the globe today. Nicknamed the Iron Lady, Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister and a towering presence both at home and abroad. Chris Collins served as Thatcher's archivist and he had this to say of her legacy:

"It's no accident that her name and face are so well recognized and have been because they were pioneering ideas and they've become enshrined and entrenched in just about one country or another."

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