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Senate Approves Plan To Keep Government Funded Through September

With a potential government shutdown a week away, the Senate has been slogging through a spending bill that will pay for federal operations through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Tamara Keith talks to Robert Siegel.
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Assault Weapons Ban Not Expected To Make It Out Of Congress

Just three months after 20 children and six adults were gunned down in a Connecticut elementary school, an attempt to ban assault rifles like the one used that morning appear dead on Capitol Hill. The Democratically-controlled Senate will bring a gun bill to the floor, but it does not include a ban on assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines.
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Administration Still Fighting For Assault Weapons Ban, Biden Says

The vice president's comments in an interview with NPR come despite signs that such a ban doesn't have enough support, even from members of his own party, to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
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Scientists: 'No Options' To Stop Massive Asteroids On Collision Course

Scientists told a Senate panel that getting caught off-guard by a space rock hurtling toward Earth would lead to devastating consequences.

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