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Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?

There has been no dearth of post-election Republican self-flagellation. But the party is still sorting out solutions, wrangling over whether its problems lie in its positions on issues ranging from immigration to women's reproductive health, or simply in its sales job with the voting public.
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Friday News Roundup - International

An Israeli airstrike kills the top Hamas military commander. Congress holds hearings on the Benghazi, Libya, consulate attack. And China’s ruling Communist Party names its top leader. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno to discuss the week’s top international stories, what happened and why.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The FBI comes under scrutiny for its handling of the David Petraeus affair. Negotiations begin to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. And President Barack Obama lays out a vision for his second term. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno to talk about the week’s top national stories, what happened and why.

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House Intelligence Committee To Grill CIA Official On Benghazi

A top CIA official appears before the House Intelligence Committee today in a closed hearing to discuss the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, but one Maryland member of the committee expects the David Petraeus scandal to come up.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell Maintains High Approval Rating

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's popularity remains high, as he enters the final year of his term.

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Brian Moran Steps Down As Chair Of Virginia Democrats

The head of Virginia's Democratic party is stepping down, and the shift may pave the way for the party's first African-American woman as chair.

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Hearings To Begin On Benghazi Consulate Attack

Both House and Senate committees hold closed-door hearings Thursday to question administration officials about the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Some leading Republicans say only a dedicated Watergate-style committee can get to the bottom what happened.
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Should Taxpayers Rebuild Sandy-Stricken Northeast?

President Obama travels to New York Thursday to get a first hand look at the continuing recovery efforts and lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy. Damage and lost economic activity from the storm have been estimated as high as $50 billion. State officials and lawmakers from the affected region say they intend to tap the federal government for as much assistance as possible.
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Obama Holds First Post-Election News Conference

President Obama continues to insist that any agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff next year must include higher taxes on the wealthy. But Obama left the door open to structuring that tax increase in various ways. He's hoping to strike a bargain with congressional Republicans that would prevent a broader tax hike on the middle class that could send the country back into recession.

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