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'Gun Appreciation Day' Is Jan. 19, Conservative Groups Declare

Looking to follow the example of last year's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, some conservative groups are trying to send a message to Washington about gun laws. It's the same date as the National Day of Service that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the weekend of President Obama's inauguration.

Opinion Roundup: Obama's National Security Nominations

President Obama nominated Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) for Secretary of Defense and tapped John Brennan, his top counterterrorism advisor, to lead the CIA. NPR's Ari Shapiro reads from a number of opinion pieces about those decisions talks with NPR's Tom Bowman about Obama's national security goals in his second term.

The Consequences Of A Short-Term Farm Bill Fix

Lawmakers in Washington extended some provisions of the farm bill that expired in October. Subsidies for grain cotton and soybeans will be renewed, and budgets for some organic and environment initiatives will be cut. Since the extension only lasts nine months, many farmers are left with uncertainty.

Obama Nominates Hagel For Defense, Brennan For CIA

The president is moving to fill two key posts on his national security team. If confirmed, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (a Republican) would lead the Pentagon. John Brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, would be at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Secretary Clinton Back At Work

In the past month, she has had a series of health problems — a stomach virus, a concussion and a blood clot in a vein between her skull and brain. Clinton, who hopes to step down in coming weeks, returned to her office Monday.
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Whistleblowers & National Security

The effect whistleblowers have in the field and implications of the Chuck Hagel and John Brennan nominations.

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Analysis: Sequester Cuts Continue To Loom, House Republicans Initially Opposed Boehner's Re-Election

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in lawmakers' plans to address the sequester cuts.


Obama To Pick New Pentagon, CIA Leaders

Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan is expected to be chosen as CIA director. And it's expected that Chuck Hagel will be announced to replace retiring Defense secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.