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Cost Of Battling Filibuster Rules: No Sleep Or Fundraising

A congressional expert says it was worthwhile for Senate Democrats to change the filibuster rules because despite dragged-out debate, they know they can win.
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For Many Urban Schools, Gun Violence Remains A Daily Reality

One year after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the issue of gun violence continues to resonate around the country. In some communities, like the Castlemont neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., some young people try to cope with the threat of daily violence by simply trying to tune it out.
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States Settle Into Wooing War With Bids For Boeing Plane Plant

"Pick me!" That's what Boeing is hearing this week from the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes and get thousands of new jobs in the process.
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U.S. Reassesses Relationship With Rebel Groups In Syria

In Syria, the moderate rebel groups supported by the United States have largely been marginalized, as more radical Islamists have moved to the fore. The new developments are forcing the U.S. to reassess its options and to consider reaching out to Islamist groups from whom it had previously kept its distance. The new criterion for U.S. support may simply be a willingness to oppose al-Qaida in Syria.
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A Newtown Mother And Surviving Son Find Foregiveness After Tragedy

Since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, the mother of one young victim says she's managed to achieve something that many would find impossible: forgiveness. Scarlet Lewis describes how she and her older son JT have learned to live with the loss of 7-year-old Jesse in a new book, which is named after a message Jesse scrawled on a family chalkboard before he died: Nurturing Healing Love. The importance of forgiveness was reinforced for the Lewis family by a connection with an unlikely source: orphans of the Rwandan genocide.
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Week In Politics: A Budget, Republican Infighting, Obama's Agenda

Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Reihan Salam, a columnist for National Review and Reuters, about the week's political news. They'll discuss the bipartisan budget deal, Speaker of the House John Boehner's harsh words for some conservatives and what the week's political headlines mean for the executive branch going forward.
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Student Opens Fire At Colo. High School, Wounds 2, Kills Self

A student armed with a shotgun opened fire at a Colorado high school, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday. Police said the shooter injured two fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., before killing himself.
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2 Students Injured, Suspected Shooter Dead At Colo. High School

Police say the gunman was a student who killed himself at Arapahoe High School near Littleton, Colo., the site of the 1999 Columbine massacre.
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As Congress Leaves Town, Some Jobless Benefits Set To Expire

The House adjourned for the holidays Thursday night after passing a two-year budget agreement. But despite pressure from President Obama and congressional Democrats, the deal did not include an extension of the long-term unemployment benefit program that aids 1.3 million Americans.
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Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas?

Cornyn's voting record ranks him as the second most conservative Republican in the Senate. But some on the right feel he was insufficiently supportive of Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to defund Obamacare, and now he faces a primary challenge from Steve Stockman, a Houston-area House member.

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