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Election Over, Inaugural Planning Ramps Up

Now that the campaigning has concluded, Washington is gearing up for the inauguration — an event that takes nearly three years of planning.

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As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Gap On Tax Policy Remains

Both congressional leaders held press conferences the day after Election Day pledging to work together to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" — but their statements showed there is still quite a way to go to reach agreement.

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Delaney Cites Wins Throughout District To Counter Redistricting Criticism

Despite Maryland's controversial 6th redistricting, the newly elected Democratic John Delaney says he feels he represents the entire region.

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Three More Stories That Help Explain Why Obama Won

The president's campaign fine-tuned its appeal to a younger, less-white electorate and got its supporters to turn out in much larger numbers than Republicans had anticipated. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was hurt by a lack of money at a critical moment.
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Can Congress Solve Upcoming Economic Challenges?

House Speaker John Boehner says he's ready to work with President Obama on a looming fiscal problem. The House has just weeks to negotiate over the scheduled higher tax rates and spending cuts called the "fiscal cliff." Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the House Republican leadership.
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Calif. Affirms Death Penalty, Amends 'Three Strikes'

California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have ended the death penalty in the state. But they did pass a proposition that weakens the state's three-strikes law, which served as a model for other states around the nation.
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Conservatives Vow To Keep Pushing Abortion Limits

After the election, many conservatives are pondering their losses. Some say their anti-abortion principles weren't the problem; it was the Republican Party's failure to run a truly conservative candidate. They're vowing to change the party and continue their fight to restrict abortion.
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Mich. Voters Defeat 2 Organized Labor Ballot Issues

Unions poured millions of dollars into ballot campaigns to guarantee collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution and allow state-paid home care assistants to organize into a union. Both were resoundingly defeated.
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Republicans Review Election Results For Insight

This week's presidential election was very close in the popular vote. But it was a real blowout in the Electoral College. A GOP pollster says Democrats have assembled a majority coalition and that means his party has to make some big changes.

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