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Lobbying Battle Over Hagel Under Way Before Obama's Nod

The fight over the former GOP senator's nomination to be the next defense secretary might be bigger than any other Cabinet nomination in recent history. Chuck Hagel's friends and foes are preparing for modern combat on TV and the Internet.
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Analysis: Democrats Urge Obama To Unilaterally Raise Debt Ceiling

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Congressman Jim Moran, are urging President Obama to consider unilaterally raising the debt ceiling. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, explains.


House Gears Up For Immigration Battle

The Republican leadership has installed immigration hawks to chair the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee that would be charged with drafting immigration bills. And a veteran Democrat has left another coveted committee to join the judiciary panel and help push through possible changes.
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Death Penalty, Wind Power On Maryland Legislature's Agenda

Maryland's Senate President said on Tuesday that he expects both a repeal of the death penalty and wind power to be put up for a vote this session, after both measures failed to make it to the floor last year.

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Gun Control Proposals Expose Political Divide In Virginia

Efforts to close the gun show loophole in Virginia are expected to spark intense debate in the commonwealth in the upcoming legislative session, highlighting the divide between rural and urban areas of the state.


NRA Accepts Biden's Invitation To Meet

The National Rifle Association says it is sending a representative to hear what the vice president's task force on gun issues has to say. The organization has made clear, though, that it opposes changes to gun laws if they restrict Americans' ability to buy firearms.

'Enough,' Says Giffords As She Launches Campaign For New Gun Laws

When children are gunned down in their classrooms, the former congresswoman says, it's time for change. Two years ago, she was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman who went on to kill six people and wound another 12.

How Will New Obama Teams Affect Foreign Policy?

President Obama is expected to continue announcing cabinet nominations to fill posts during his second term. On Monday, he announced he would nominate Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director. Steve Inskeep talks to Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute, and Vali Nasr, a scholar of the Muslim world and a former adviser to the Obama administration, about these nominations.