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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.
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Fla. Gov. Scott Starts Second Term With Markedly Different Tone

Rick Scott was elected four years ago with Tea Party support. As re-election approached, he moderated many of his conservative views, even supporting Medicaid expansion, an idea he'd long opposed.
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Judge: McDonnell's 2-Year Sentence Could Have Been Longer

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday. Federal Judge James Spencer had guidelines of seven or eight years, but he decided to issue a two-year sentence instead, saying that he was giving the former governor credit for his public service and his time in the Army reserves.
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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Republicans formally took full control of Congress for the first time during Barack Obama's presidency on Tuesday. Republicans took over the Senate and added to their majority in the House.
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Q&A With WAMU's Michael Pope About The McDonnell Sentencing

Our Virginia reporter describes the scene in the courtroom in Richmond.

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Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Two big issues between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart: Obama's recent controversial executive actions on immigration and Cuba.
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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.
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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.
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Freshman Representatives Start First Day In Congress

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters of California and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about starting their first term in Congress.
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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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