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One Gun Used In Conn. Attack Has 'Rambo Effect'

The Bushmaster semi-automatic assault rifle used in Friday's attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., is a style of weapon used often in mass shootings. Melissa Block speaks with Malcolm Brady, retired assistant director of what was then known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, about the style of weapon and why it's so often linked to these tragedies.
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Fiscal Cliff Talks May Have Hit Breakthrough Moment

President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner again Monday to resolve the fiscal cliff deadline. As the nation's attention turned to the school shooting in Connecticut, there seemed to be some movement toward a deal. Robert Siegel talks to Tamara Keith.
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DeMint's Replacement Has Had Quick Political Rise

Gov. Nikki Haley has selected Rep. Tim Scott to replace South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is going to the Heritage Foundation. The choice is full of firsts — Scott will be the only African-American in the Senate, the first black Republican in the Senate in decades, and only the second since Reconstruction. The one-term congressman immediately becomes a national figure, projecting an image with the potential to help Republicans as they struggle to appeal to minority voters.
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Newtown Shooter Had No Connection To School

Police continued to investigate the mass shooting at Newtown, Conn., on Monday, as the town started to bury the victims. Robert Siegel talks to Quil Lawrence.
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New Case Renews 'Stand Your Ground' Debate In Fla.

Michael Dunn, the man charged with shooting and killing 17-year old Justin Davis in a dispute over loud music, was arraigned Monday on first degree murder charges. He's claimed he acted in self-defense and Florida's Stand Your Ground law may be an issue as it has been in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Davis' father is calling for changes in Florida's gun laws.

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