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White House Dismisses Constitutional Challenge In Debt Ceiling Saga

White House spokesman Jay Carney put an end to intense speculation Thursday about whether President Obama would do an end run around Congress with one simple line: "This administration does not believe the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling — period."
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Fixing The Budget, While Protecting The Middle Class

House Republicans and the White House are at a stalemate over how best to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. As the deficit deadline approaches, the priority for Senate Budget Committee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), is to protect the middle class.
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The Politics Hour

We connect with a Republican angling to be Virginia's next lieutenant governor and three Democrats competing for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The November jobs number report. What's new in the fiscal cliff negotiations. And former President George W. Bush weighs in on immigration.

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Sen. Jim DeMint Leaving Congress To Run Heritage Foundation

He's one of the most consistently conservative voices in Congress and a favorite of Tea Party activists across the nation. DeMint says he's "not leaving the fight." No organization, he says, is better equipped to push conservative principles than Heritage, a Washington-based think tank.
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Jim Moran Proposes Changes To U.S. Voting System

Virginia Rep. Jim Moran is pushing a new proposal to modernize U.S. elections, but the effort faces steep hurdles.

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Longtime Alexandria Prosecutor Won't Run For Fifth Term

The City of Alexandria's chief prosecutor is stepping down after 15 years on the job, and he's endorsed his deputy to take over the post. The new commonwealth's attorney will be elected next year.

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