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Congress Won't Recess To Block Obama Appointments

The end-of-year holidays have traditionally allowed presidents to bypass Congress and push through contested nominees with recess appointments. But with threats that House Republicans will stay in session over the holidays to block nominations, President Obama has tough political decisions to make.
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Moran Holds Line On Environmental Riders To Spending Bill

Senator Jim Moran (D-Va.) refuses to compromise on a rider to the controversial spending bill that would limit the government's ability to regulate pollution across state lines.

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Week In Politics: Economy; GOP Primary Race

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.
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Brennan Discusses Defense Authorization Bill

Robert Siegel speaks with John Brennan, chief counterterrorism adviser to President Obama, about why the administration is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization bill if it contains certain sections passed by the Senate.
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Congress Pushes Bills To Promote Cybersecurity

Congress isn't doing much — with the major exception of cybersecurity. Citing rare bipartisan agreement and a common sense of purpose, members of both parties are advancing bills designed to protect American businesses and government agencies from hackers and intellectual property pirates. The proposed laws allow the government to block Americans' access to certain overseas websites, as well as make it legal for Internet service providers to share with the government information about emails and other traffic traveling their networks, in the interest of detecting and stopping cyberattacks. Sponsors of the bills say they're necessary to protect the U.S. from hacker disaster. But skeptics say the fears are overblown, and the legislation could take the U.S. closer to having its own version of the Great Firewall of China.
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New Rules Turn Up Heat On Florida's Redistricting

Florida is adding two new congressional seats this year because of its population growth — and that's sparking a battle. Legal challenges are likely in light of constitutional amendments adopted last year that require lawmakers to draw districts without regard to parties or incumbents.
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CQ Roll Call: Bi-Partisan Deal On Payroll Tax Break Extension Not Reached

Congress still has not reached a bi-partisan deal to extend the payroll tax break past the end of the year, and chances of a recess appointment to elect a new head of Consumer Protection Financial Bureau is likely.
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WaPo's McCartney: Virginia's Senatorial Race, Paul Schurick Convicted, Occupy DC Escalation

Bob McCartney of The Washington Post says that Virginia's senatorial race isn't as closely tied to the national election as some think, and also talks about Paul Schurick's conviction and the Occupy DC escalation.

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At Age 35, Why Congress Needs Hispanic Caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has grown and changed since its inception, and few people know that better than the chair, Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas. His late father was one of the founders of the group. He speaks with host Michel Martin about the CHC's evolution and its mission.

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