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Senate Takes a Break After 48-Hour Debate

In the first Senate session since Democrats detonated the "nuclear option" and eliminated the minority's ability to filibuster most nominations, Republicans fought back by dragging debate out as long as possible, keeping the Senate in session for over 48 straight hours.
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Newtown Anniversary Marked By Gun Control Stalemate

On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. After all, Congress failed to pass tougher gun laws. But the reality is more mixed; the result was more of a standoff.
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Cost Of Battling Filibuster Rules: No Sleep Or Fundraising

A congressional expert says it was worthwhile for Senate Democrats to change the filibuster rules because despite dragged-out debate, they know they can win.
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Week In Politics: A Budget, Republican Infighting, Obama's Agenda

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam, a columnist for National Review and Reuters, about the week's political news. They'll discuss the bipartisan budget deal, Speaker of the House John Boehner's harsh words for some conservatives and what the week's political headlines mean for the executive branch going forward.
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McAuliffe Taps Brian Moran For Department Of Public Safety

Terry McAuliffe has buried the hatchet with Brian Moran, a former political rival, by naming him to head Virginia's Department of Public Safety.

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As Congress Leaves Town, Some Jobless Benefits Set To Expire

The House adjourned for the holidays Thursday night after passing a two-year budget agreement. But despite pressure from President Obama and congressional Democrats, the deal did not include an extension of the long-term unemployment benefit program that aids 1.3 million Americans.
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Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas?

Cornyn's voting record ranks him as the second most conservative Republican in the Senate. But some on the right feel he was insufficiently supportive of Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to defund Obamacare, and now he faces a primary challenge from Steve Stockman, a Houston-area House member.
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Tourists At The Border: Should Mental Illness Halt U.S. Entry?

A Canadian woman says she was barred from entering the U.S. after a border agent cited her past mental illness. Some mental health advocates say she was a victim of profiling, but the situation appears more complicated than that.
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If You're Rich, Can You Say You Don't Know Right From Wrong?

A Texas teen escaped a jail sentence after being involved in a drunk-driving accident that killed four people. Defense attorneys say he suffered from 'affluenza' because his privileged parents never set limits for him. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the controversial ruling.
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In The Midst Of Newtown's Grief, Pastor Says There Is Light

Reverend Matthew Crebbin had to comfort shocked residents after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 28 people last year. A year later, he speaks with host Michel Martin about the role faith played in keeping the town together.

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