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Senate Changes Filibuster Rules

The new rules would make it easier to bring bills and nominations to the floor for debate. There was a time when a senator would have to sustain a filibuster by holding the floor and talking non-stop for hours on end, just as Jimmy Stewart did in the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

GOP To 'Aggressively Court' Minority Voters

GOP leaders are in Charlotte, North Carolina, trying to map out a comeback from the drubbing they took in the November elections. The Republican National Committee says it will not abandon core conservative principles. But party officials are looking to attract Latinos and other minority voters, along with young people.

Kerry Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

Secretary of State nominee John Kerry testified at his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. He pledged to prevent Iran from securing nuclear weapons and urged Congress to work out its issues over the federal budget.

Sponsors Of Assault Weapons Ban Hope Newtown Shooting Changes Minds

Gun control advocates acknowledged they'll face big obstacles in Congress to a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. But they say the shooting last month of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut could make a difference.

Foreign Investors Trade Dollars For U.S. Residency

Obtaining a U.S. visa can be pretty straightforward if you have $500,000. The EB-5 program grants foreigners permanent residency if they invest $500,000 in an American business and create at least 10 jobs. Despite its success, critics say the program pushes the rich to the front of the immigration line.