CNN Radio News Day: January 30, 2013
Retired Astronaut Mark Kelly (L), husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shakes the hand of Wayne LaPierre, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association, after a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill January 30.
January 30th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 30, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • On Capitol Hill today, lawmakers waded into the bitterly divisive fight over gun control.  It was the first hearing on gun violence in 14 months, and the first since that horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  It's been 47 days since the tragedy claimed the lives of six adults and 12 children. National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre argued against banning high-capacity magazines and extending background checks.  He also defended the Second Amendment, saying Americans need to be able to protect themselves from government:

"If you look at why our founding fathers put it there – they had lived under the tyranny of King George and they wanted to make sure that these free people in this new country would never be subjugated again and have to live under tyranny."        FULL POST

January 30th, 2013
03:01 PM ET

Chuck Hagel's other war

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) - There are the anti-Chuck Hagels – and the pro-Chuck Hagels.

The conservative anti-Hagels are having fun with the former Nebraska Senator’s record with classic attack ads. All aimed at the ears of Senators who will vote on his nomination to replace Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary.

From Hagel's passionate criticism of the war in Iraq to his friendship with President Obama – before he became president. His past statements and stances on Iran and Israel and defense spending.

Not to mention, Hagel was affiliated with the anti-nuke groups, Plowshares Fund and Ground Zero. You can bet Hagel will get quite a grilling about all these things at his confirmation hearing Thursday. FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
11:38 AM ET

From prom to deportation

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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(CNN) – Even three years after the fact, Fredi Alcazar Dominguez still trembles thinking about his deportation.

[3:35] "They put you on a bus to the border and then at the border they just leave you at your own risk."

Alcazar Dominguez spent five days in Mexico before crossing the border illegally back into the United States. Then and now he has found himself in a kind of limbo.

The 23-year-old was brought to this country illegally by his parents when he was just eight years old. Deported just shy of his high school graduation, he doesn't qualify for the deferred action enacted by President Barack Obama last year.


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January 30th, 2013
10:26 AM ET

After son’s shooting death, learning to endure ‘pain of loss’

By Nova Safo, CNN

Twitter link: @nova_safo

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(CNN) - For parents who’ve lost a child to gun violence, whether in Newtown or an inner-city street, Chicago Police Officer Ron Holt’s journey through grief may be a familiar one.

On May 10, 2007, Holt’s 16-year-old son Blair was shot and killed by another teenager, Michael Pace, on a crowded city bus. Pace was looking for a rival gang member. He shot several rounds indiscriminately at the passengers. Blair shielded another student, according to witnesses, and was shot in the abdomen. He died a few hours later at a hospital.

Blair’s death drew national media attention. It elicited outrage and vigils. When all the attention went away, Ron Holt was left to deal with his grief.

[:19] “The pain of loss, for me it doesn’t dissipate. I’ve learned to endure that emotional pain, that scarring of loss.”


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