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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Republicans formally took full control of Congress for the first time during Barack Obama's presidency on Tuesday. Republicans took over the Senate and added to their majority in the House.
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Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Capital punishment and lethal injection were in the news quite a bit in 2014. Unable to secure certain drugs, states began using new ones, and that caused a number of executions to go awry.
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Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story

Frederick County, Md., Council Member Kirby Delauter threatened a local reporter with a lawsuit for using his name in a story without permission. The Frederick News-Post responded in an editorial.
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A Panda's First Snow Day: Pile On The Cuteness

Because life isn't all political drama and misdeeds, we bring you a video of the young panda Bao Bao frolicking in the snow at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

When David Peters went to Iraq as an Army chaplain, his relationship with God faltered. But after years of feeling adrift, he eventually found that the trauma of war had actually deepened his faith.
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Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Two big issues between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart: Obama's recent controversial executive actions on immigration and Cuba.
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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.
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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.
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Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

A 66-year-old Vietnam vet is due to be executed next week for the 1998 murder of a deputy sheriff in Georgia. There's no question that he shot the officer thanks to a grisly dashcam video. But the man's lawyers say PTSD and mental illness were not taken into consideration at sentencing.
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Freshman Representatives Start First Day In Congress

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters of California and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about starting their first term in Congress.

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