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Bill Would Put Immigration Verification System To The Test

The Senate's immigration bill would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify, a federal database that checks a worker's immigration status instantly. While businesses have had difficulty using the system in the past, officials say its results are now accurate 98 percent of the time.
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On Recess, Senators Get An Earful Over Failed Gun Vote

Senators whose votes on the gun bill got attention back home have been getting an earful during the recess week, when many are back in their states.
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Obama Nominates Campaign Fundraiser For Commerce Secretary

Influential Chicagoan Penny Pritkzer has been tapped by President Obama to lead the Commerce Department.
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Birmingham Students Reenact Historic March, 50 Years Later

In Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday, children took to downtown streets in a reenactment of historic events there 50 years ago. It's part of a series of events this year marking Birmingham's crucial role in the civil rights movement.
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Sandy Hook Parent Transformed Into Activist After Shooting

In December, six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler was among those killed in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since then, his father, David Wheeler has met with officials in Washington, D.C., urging tighter controls to rein in gun violence. He speaks with Melissa Block about his views on the legislative process and what his path forward is from here.
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Two Nominations Round Out Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

President Obama rounded out his cabinet on Thursday by naming Chicago benefactor Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary and White House aide Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative.
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When It Comes To Guns, How Young Is Too Young?

The shooting death of a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother has opened up another debate about gun control. It pits public health advocates — who see little benefit in mixing children and guns — against those who say early training can instill a sense of heritage and a respect for gun safety.
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Appeal To Restrict Morning After Pill Angers Obama Allies

The Obama Administration has officially appealed a federal judge's ruling that it remove all age restrictions on the most popular form of the morning-after pill. The action has once again driven a wedge between the Administration and women's health groups.

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