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Analysis: Action Pending On Violence Against Women Act

The Senate is preparing to move on a Violence Against Women bill after a long stalemate; David Hawking of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks about what has finally gotten the bill over the hump toward passage.

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Republican Scott Brown Won't Seek Massachusetts Senate Seat

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday becomes secretary of state. The decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a competitive candidate in the deep blue state.
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Shifting School Boundaries

As the population in our region explodes, overcrowded school districts are grappling with the controversial process of re-drawing school boundaries.

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Border Mayors On Frontier Of Immigration Debate

President Obama recently backed proposals by the "Gang of Eight" senators to overhaul the nation's immigration system. Host Michel Martin takes a look at how some border towns could be affected. She speaks with Scott Smith, the Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona, and David Coss, the Democratic mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

The only Republican in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet is stepping down. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reflects on efforts to improve safety and consumer rights in the administration’s first term.

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How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice

In his book Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.
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Confirmation Hearing Was A Rough Ride For Hagel

It was just days ago that Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry sailed through Senate confirmation to his new job as secretary of state. When Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel came before his former colleagues Thursday, he got a decidedly less friendly reception on his path to secretary of defense.
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Latest Jobless Rate Forecast To Hold Steady

The Labor Department is releasing the latest unemployment figures. It's the first indication of job creation in 2013.

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