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Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System?

"Secure the borders first" has been the cry from Republicans in Congress before they'd agree to comprehensive immigration reform. That stance seems to be changing, as some experts say demanding border security first is backward.
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Financial Ties Bind NRA, Gun Industry

NRA leaders say that when they break their silence on the Sandy Hook shootings Friday, they will be speaking for the group's 4 million members. But they will also be speaking for the gun industry, which has close financial links to the association.
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State Department Concedes Errors In Benghazi Consulate Attack

The U.S. head of diplomatic security has resigned and three other State Department officials have been relieved of their duties after a review board issued a scathing report about the attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in September. The report did not touch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the event. She's been ill and had her deputies go to Congress today to speak about Benghazi. But, she's promising members of Congress she will address it when she's better, in January.
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NYSE To Change Hands In $8.2 Billion Deal

The New York Stock Exchange, known officially as NYSE Euronext, traces its roots back to 1792. For most of its history it has been an independent company. But not anymore — on Friday NYSE Euronext announced that it is being acquired by Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange, in a deal valued at $8.2 billion. Executives at both companies said they believe regulators will approve the proposed merger.
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Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Settle Back Into Standstill

Just days after a deal on the fiscal cliff seemed imminent, things appeared on the verge of falling apart. How did it happen? David Welna talks to Robert Siegel about how the internal politics of the House have complicated a deal to avert massive, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.
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Connecticut Residents Reevaluate Gun Control After Newtown Shootings

People in Connecticut — from the state level to local hunters — are talking about gun control after the shootings in Newtown. The National Rifle Association is expected to hold a press conference on the issue on Friday.
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Chicago Inmates Still On The Run After Hollywood-Style Escape

Two convicted bank robbers escaped from a jail in downtown Chicago earlier this week. Authorities think they did it by breaking through a window and climbing down a rope of bed sheets before hailing a cab to get away. The cellmates are still on the run.
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Big Food And The Big, Silent Salt Experiment

Food manufacturers have been quietly reducing sodium by tiny amounts in popular foods like crackers for years now. That's because if products are marked "low sodium," consumers won't buy them. But companies are also working on ways to deliver more salt taste with less sodium.
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Next In Line For A Fracking Boom, California Looks At The Rules

The state is known for its tough environmental rules, but it has largely ignored hydraulic fracturing until now. Though California's concerns are like those of many other places, there's also the question of how the growing fracking industry might affect earthquakes.

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