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D.C. Circuit Court Limps Along With Four Vacancies

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for Sri Srinavasan, who is nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. That key court has four vacancies, and no one has been confirmed since before President Obama took office.
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Thousands Rally In Support Of Immigration Overhaul

The issue is a minefield for congressional Republicans, who face enormous consequences regardless of the outcome. Many party leaders believe legislation is critical to improving their standing with Hispanics, while many in the conservative base threaten a revolt if the resulting legislation makes it possible for undocumented immigrants to gain legal status.
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Senate Readies To Debate Gun Control Measure

The Senate is expected to hold its first floor vote on a gun bill since the Newtown school shootings on Thursday. It's an attempt to move forward on legislation expanding the use of criminal background checks for gun buyers. Some Republicans had threatened a filibuster to stop the measure, but support for that tactic appears to have diminished.
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Sen. Rand Paul Tries To Repair GOP's Image With Minorities

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave a speech Wednesday at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He began by posing this question to the audience at the historically black school: How did the party that elected the first black U.S. senator, the party that elected the first 20 African-American Congressmen become a party that now loses 95 percent of the black vote?
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Ryan Says He's 'Cautiously Optimistic' On A Bipartisan Budget Deal

The House Budget Committee chairman says the president's budget, which includes cuts to entitlements, amounts to an "olive branch" to Republicans.
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Gun Control Bill Clears First Hurdle In Senate

Supporters rounded up more than enough votes to block a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the package. The legislation appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

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