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Bill Offering Hiring Protections To D.C. Ex-Cons Shot Down

A bill championed by D.C. Council member Marion Barry that would have offered legal protection to ex-convicts applying for jobs was voted down in a contentious final meeting of the 2012 legislative session.

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Michigan's Snyder Vetoes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Schools

Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed pistols to be carried in schools and other places where they had been banned. The Michigan legislature had approved the legislation when its lame-duck session ended Thursday — one day before the Newtown school shootings.
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Obama Finding Gun Control Voice, Which Had Gone Quiet In White House

If, as the White House indicated on Tuesday, President Obama takes the lead in a movement for more effective gun control now that he's been stirred to action by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it would mark a significant break from his pattern so far as chief executive.
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NRA Issues Statement Amid Calls For New Gun Control Laws

The National Rifle Association of America has broken its silence to comment on Friday's gun violence that ravaged a tight-knit Connecticut community, releasing a statement in which the gun-owners' rights group said it "is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."
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Boehner, Obama Closer To A Fiscal Cliff Deal But Not There Yet

Negotiations continued between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday to avoid the fiscal cliff. Earlier in the day, Boehner prepared his fellow House Republicans for the likelihood that taxes will have to rise on top earners. He's also now talking about a "plan B" if talks fail to come to a deal. Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block from Capitol Hill.
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Obama Keeping A Low Profile On Possible Gun Control Legislation

At the Newtown, Conn., memorial service on Sunday, President Obama spoke about a need to take action to protect America's children from gun violence. Since then, the White House has been decidedly quiet about his intentions, but behind the scenes, the administration has set several things in motion. Scott Horsley looks at options President Obama is considering and the politics of his personal stake.

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