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Analysis: Mikulski Regarded As Power Player, More Women On Capitol Hill

Political analyst David Hawkings talks about the rise of women in Congress, and the latest on the spending bill.

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For Some Conservatives, It's Homecoming Week

Despite disappointment at the polls, attendance isn't expected to dip much at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference near the nation's capital. But there has been an uproar over who's invited to CPAC this year — and who's not.
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Alaska Senator's Gun Proposal Looks To Fix Existing System

Host Rachel Martin talks with Sen. Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat, about his newly proposed gun violence legislation. He introduced it at a press conference with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham this past week.
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Alabama's Contentious Education Bill In Limbo As Courts Review Cases

A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
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Cyprus And EU Bailouts

Cyprus seeks alternatives after rejecting European bailout terms. How the financial crisis in Cyprus tests Germany, the European Union and world markets.

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When A Good Jobs Report Is Bad For Political Spin

Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.
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5 Things The Jobs Report Tells Us About The Economy (Or Not)

Sure, the economy added 236,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. We look at five points economists are debating.

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