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'Gang Of Eight' Trying To Steer Clear Of Fiscal Cliff

Melissa Block talks with Senator Mark Warner of Virginia about the looming so-called "fiscal cliff" and what steps might be taken now that the election is over.
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Reelection Forces States To Act Soon On Obamacare

States now have only nine days to decide whether to do their own health care exchanges or let the federal government do it for them. Analysts expect there will be a lot of scrambling. Some of the states that are trying to ban the individual mandate going forward have Democratic leadership. Missouri has re-elected its Democratic governor, but has banned him from setting up a state exchange. Robert Siegel talks to Julie Rovner.
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After Disappointing 2012, What's Next For Tea Party?

Tuesday night was a mixed bag for the Tea Party. Their candidate Ted Cruz became the first Hispanic elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, and they defended a number of seats in the House. But, they also lost some high profile races: Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Joe Walsh in Illinois. Melissa Block talks with Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a conservative group that supports the Tea Party, about its future.
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After Romney's Loss, Mormons Lament What Might Have Been

Mitt Romney's White House run raised the profile of his Mormon faith, and made many fellow Mormons hope that misunderstandings of their faith could be dispelled. And, of course, there was pride in seeing one of their own come so close to the White House. Those hopes were dashed with his loss Tuesday.
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Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Senate Democrats did better than just keep their slim majority. Wednesday brought news that they expanded it by managing to retain control of two of their most threatened seats, in Montana and North Dakota.
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Controversial Members Of Congress Come And Go

Members of the House known for notorious or offensive comments have lost their seats in Tuesday's elections. On the other hand, some are coming back.
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How Obama Took The Battleground States

The president captured nearly all of the swing states, many of which had been seen as tossups days before Election Day. How did he do it? Political observers say it came down to three major factors.
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Shake A Leg Or Throw A Fist? Which Will It Be On Capitol Hill?

With the election behind them, Congressional leaders are now facing automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that economists fear could plunge the economy back into recession. Can they work together to avert disaster?
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America's Big Backyard Pot Business

Using a pseudonym, photographer "H. Lee" draws back the curtains around marijuana production in Northern California.
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5 Truisms About the 2012 Election ... That Weren't True

A gloomy economy dooms the incumbent? Undecideds break toward the challenger? The tallest guy always wins? Not this time.

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