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Key Player In '94 Assault Weapons Ban: 'It's Going To Be Much More Difficult' Now

Since the assault weapons ban passed in the mid-1990s, Congress has had little appetite for gun control measures. "I think it was a very different time in 1994. I don't think there's very many lessons to learn from that," says Ted Kaufman, who was then-Sen. Joe Biden's chief of staff.
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Analysis: Bill Proposes Federal Pay Freeze As Inauguration Looms

The District is a flurry of preparations for the presidential inauguration, federal workers throughout the D.C. region are also watching the negotiations over federal compensation — and continuation of a pay freeze — closely.

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Does Obama's Second-Term Agenda Need Beefing Up?

President Obama is sworn in for a second term in office next week. He has an ambitious agenda for the next for years, but is it ambitious enough?
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Latino Voters Urge Obama To Keep Immigration Promise

After turning out in a big way for President Obama in the fall, many Latinos say they want him to do something he did not do in his first term: push hard for and sign a comprehensive immigration overhaul.
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Some House Republicans Deny Risk Of Default In Debt Ceiling Debate

Some GOP House members argue that if the debt limit isn't raised, the president would have to make choices about what bills get paid. But economists say prioritizing payments — even assuming it would be possible — isn't a great idea.
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House Republican Retreat Focuses On Strategies For Rebuilding

House Republicans have left Washington, D.C., and reconvened three hours south, just outside Williamsburg, Va., for a closed-door retreat. They've heard from pollsters about why the public doesn't like them. Now they'll hear from consultants about how to woo women and minorities. David Welna talks to Audie Cornish.

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