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War Hero, Trailblazer: Remembering Sen. Inouye

Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii passed away Monday at the age of 88. Inouye was one of the longest-serving members of the Senate and a veteran of World War II. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to the senator, reprising a conversation they had on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Can Lawmakers Prevent Mass Shootings?

After last week's elementary school shooting in Connecticut, President Obama promised to use whatever power he has to prevent another mass shooting. Host Michel Martin speaks to Republican strategist Ron Christie and Keli Goff of The Root, to discuss how the debate could play out on Capitol Hill.
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States Dreading Fiscal Cliff Outcome — But Indecision May Be Worse

State and local officials are rooting for President Obama and Congress to quickly reach a budget deal. They anticipate the fiscal pain that would result from automatic cuts, and know things could even be worse from the negotiated belt-tightening behind any pact. But at this point, they just want some certainty.
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Your Turn

Mourning continues in Newtown, Conn., and beyond. It's your turn to talk about the headlines and stories catching your eye.

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Some Reforms Won't Make Cut For Final D.C. Council Meeting

The D.C. Council will vote on dozens of bills today at its last meeting of the current council session — but some pieces of legislation dealing with ethics reforms will be left off the list and pushed back until next year.

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McDonnell Reduces Revenue Projections In Budget Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell is reducing revenue projections and planning to move some money around in the Virginia state budget in light of the ongoing stalemate in federal fiscal cliff negotiations.

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Is A 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Near?

Some signs are pointing to an agreement being reached soon to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. Of course, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have tried to strike a "grand bargain" before, only to have it fall apart.
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Sen. Inouye, A War Hero Who Broke Barriers, Dies At 88

Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye, the Senate's senior member, received the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II. In Italy, he personally stormed three German machine gun nests, taking them out but losing his right arm in the process. Inouye died Monday after suffering from a respiratory ailment.

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