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CQ Roll Call: Breaking Down The Latest Federal Budget Deal

Both sides of the political aisle are claiming victories in the latest federal budget deal, but some negotiations still remain in order for Congress to pass extentions to payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance.

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D.C. Rights Activists Protest Budget Deal

Several were arrested at the Capitol Friday protesting the rider in the federal budget deal that would prevent the District from using its own money to provide abortions for low-income women.

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Politicians Regret, Reflect On Iraq War Vote

The U.S. officially marked the end to the military campaign in Iraq, on Thursday. As the remaining troops begin to head home, the debate on how history will judge the war continues. Host Michel Martin speaks with two political leaders who were on opposite sides of the issue nearly a decade ago.
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With Iowa Vote Looming, Gingrich Struggles To Stay Atop GOP Field

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got front-runner treatment during the final GOP debate before that state's crucial Jan. 3 caucuses, taking a pounding for his years as a highly-compensated Washington influence peddler.
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'Bundling' Is Common Practice For D.C. Council Campaign Contributions

The D.C. Council is about to pass ethics reform for the District, but it won't include a prohibition on "bundling" -- or corporations making multiple campaign contributions through various subsidiaries. A review of the most recent campaign finance filings shows that the practice is pretty common.

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Congress Strikes Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown

Lawmakers reached a tentative agreement late Thursday to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, avoiding a government shutdown that could have happened this evening. 

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Bachmann Tries To Regain Early Iowa Lead

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann once appeared to be the favored Republican presidential candidate in Iowa. But she's been near the bottom of most polls since. Bachmann is making an aggressive push to finish well in next month's Iowa caucuses, and she embarks on a multi-day bus tour of the state Friday.
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In Iowa, Bachmann Attacks Gingrich In GOP Debate

Newt Gingrich stood center state Thursday night in the Sioux City Convention Center. The sharpest elbows did not come from his close rivals, Mitt Romney or Ron Paul. Instead, it was Michele Bachmann who repeatedly went after Gingrich.
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Negotiators Reach Deal To Keep Government Open

Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on a compromise spending bill to avert a weekend federal shutdown. They also worked toward a deal renewing the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits for another year.

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