December 20th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

Boehner Fails to Get Votes for Tax Plan

House Speaker John Boehner unexpectedly pulled a bill on his own tax plan because he couldn't get enough votes from his own party.
Boehner's plan would have allowed taxes to go up on income over $1 million.

Boehner abandons 'Plan B'

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon,  Daniel Altman Columnist, Foreign Policy, Doug Holt-Eakin Former CBO Director.


Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff
December 20th, 2012
09:37 PM ET

Newtown gunman Adam Lanza considered military career

We're learning that Adam Lanza was interested in joining the military. He first made his interest known in 2009 when he was 17, around the same time he stopped taking classes at Western Connecticut State University, according to the Connecticut Post.

Nancy Lanza buried undisclosed location

Connecticut Post's Marianne Gail Brown is the writer who broke the story.


Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting
December 20th, 2012
09:12 PM ET

Exploring the brain of a killer, finding traits of a psychopath

Adam Lanza left few clues for investigators as to why he went on a shooting spree killing 27 people last Friday. A geneticist has now joined the investigation to help determine what role biology may have played.

Dr. Jim Fallon is a neuroscientist who studies the biological traits of psychopathic killers.

A relatively new science, he has analyzed the brains of more than 70 murderers to gain some insight into what factors contribute to the profile of a criminal - even tackling what Dr. Drew Pinsky said on the show last night that yes, people can be born to kill.

Three years ago, Dr. Fallon collected brain scans of seven family members, including his own, to asses their risk of developing Alzheimer's. After discovering that his father's ancestral line was connected to killers he decided to correlate his family's scans with those of the murderers he studies to find cues of aggression and violence.

Dr. Fallon found that certain areas of a killer's brain are often damaged. But three combined factors are what set off a murderer to commit the crime: violent genes, damage in some parts of the brain and exposure to traumatic experiences during childhood.

OutFront tonight Dr. Jim Fallon, Neuroscientist, University of California, Irvine.

Filed under: Crime • CT Shooting • Health
December 20th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Blizzard conditions paralyze holiday travel

A major snowstorm is paralyzing holiday travel. A winter storm is expected to blast the midwest. Reports of near blizzard conditions are bearing down on Chicago and nearly a foot of snow is in the forecast.

The timing could not be worse - Friday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday season.

OutFront tonight: Meteorologist Karen Maginnis.


Filed under: News • Weather
December 20th, 2012
08:15 PM ET

Gun violence task force begins work: Biden "is going to be in for a heck of a fight," says James Carville

Vice President Joe Biden, the man leading the president's Gun Control Task Force, met with Administration officials and law enforcement officers from across this country Thursday to discuss possible proposals for reducing violence.

"We will act, and we will act in a way, that's designed, even if it's only designed to save one life, we have to take action," Biden said.

This meeting comes just as we're about to hear from the man everyone's been waiting for.

On Friday, the President of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre will make his first public comments following the shooting.
This is a dramatic shift from the way the organization has reacted after previous mass shootings. In the past, the powerful lobbying group has kept radio silent after an attack.

OutFront tonight: James Carville, Political contributor and Democratic Strategist and Reihan Salam, writer for the "National Review".


Filed under: Gun Control • News
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