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South Carolina's New Senator A Tea Party Favorite, Staunch Obama Critic

South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott will move across the Rotunda to the Senate next month after being appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. He will be the south's first black senator since the late 1800s, something he says speaks to the "evolution" of South Carolina.
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The Downsides Of Living In An Oil Boomtown

The population explosion in Williston, N.D., has been a blessing and a curse for many local businesses. Stores and restaurants are struggling to find workers because they can't compete with what most oil jobs pay. Plus, there's now a day care shortage, and housing costs have skyrocketed.
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At Funeral Services For Newtown Victims, Sharing Memories And Grief

Two first-graders killed in the Newtown shootings were the first victims to be laid to rest in funeral services on Monday. Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner were both 6 years old.
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Investors Shun Gun Makers As Gun-Control Talk Increases

Share prices for gun makers were down when the stock market closed Monday, on an otherwise positive trading day. Despite an election-season spike in revenue, investors now seem concerned about the long-term outlook for restrictions on gun sales.
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Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye Dies At 88 Of Respiratory Complications

Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye died Monday at the age of 88. His cause of death was respiratory complications. Inouye had served in the U.S. Senate since 1962. Melissa Block talks to Ron Elving about his life and political career.
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Sen. Daniel Inouye Dies At 88, As Senate Loses Its Most Senior Member

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, has died of respiratory complications, according to reports from the AP and other news agencies. The World War II veteran, a Democrat, had been the most senior member of the Senate. He joined its ranks in 1963, shortly after Hawaii became a state.
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Some Senators Show Willingness To Take On Gun Laws

The combination of a powerful gun owners' lobby and a loss of public support for gun control has stymied efforts in recent years to tighten gun laws. But there are signs the Newtown massacre may prompt change on Capitol Hill.
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Don't Like The Government? Make Your Own, On International Waters

A nonprofit called The Seasteading Institute is advancing a hugely ambitious scheme: constructing floating structures that will house hundreds of people in international waters, out of the jurisdiction of any nation. Now, the organization has attracted its first big name donor.
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Federal-State Tug Of War: Drawing The Lines In Immigration Overhaul

In recent years, states have passed a patchwork of immigration laws, at times running afoul of the U.S. Constitution. Advocates for the tough measures say state and local governments should still have a role, even as the debate shifts to the federal level.

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