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DeMint's Replacement Has Had Quick Political Rise

Gov. Nikki Haley has selected Rep. Tim Scott to replace South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is going to the Heritage Foundation. The choice is full of firsts — Scott will be the only African-American in the Senate, the first black Republican in the Senate in decades, and only the second since Reconstruction. The one-term congressman immediately becomes a national figure, projecting an image with the potential to help Republicans as they struggle to appeal to minority voters.

Fiscal Cliff Talks May Have Hit Breakthrough Moment

President Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner again Monday to resolve the fiscal cliff deadline. As the nation's attention turned to the school shooting in Connecticut, there seemed to be some movement toward a deal. Robert Siegel talks to Tamara Keith.

What Gun Control Could Look Like

The stage appears to be set for a renewed debate about gun control. The NRA and other proponents of gun owners' rights have been silent in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, but many will question the benefits of possible restrictions.
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Gun Regulations Take Legislative Spotlight In Virginia After Shooting

When the Virginia General Assembly meets next year, gun regulations are expected to take center stage, after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., revived the conversation on the national stage.


Wine And Food May Rekindle Love Lost Between Russia And Georgia

Many Russians will join their Georgian neighbors in feasting on Georgian specialties for St. Barbara's Day. But the countries' political relations have led to restrictions on imports of Georgian wine and mineral water. A recent thawing offers hope for a sweeter future.