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

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(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?"

  • There's a key GOP player in the Senate gun control negotiations, and it isn't Mitch McConnell. It's Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. Toomey has primarily focused on spending and budget issues in the past, but now he's working with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia on a universal background check compromise. So why is the senator with an 'A' rating from the NRA changing his tune?

"Even here in Western Pennsylvania where we do cling to our guns and our bibles, it's hard to find anyone who thinks that somebody should be able to buy a gun without checking to see if they have some criminal history or mental history that would suggest no guns in this guy's hands," says Jon Delano, public policy professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Tens of thousands of people turned out in Kenya's capital Nairobi today to witness the swearing-in of the country's youngest president ever, Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta's age, 51, isn't the only reason the election has been notable. There are plenty more -some with global implications. Charles Jalloh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law:

“You have a person who is deemed to be a suspect of involvement in international crimes and that person has actually won an election.”

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