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From Leadership Posts, Women Said To Be Changing Senate Tone

The 20 women in the U.S. Senate this year is the largest number in history. Female senators also now claim an unprecedented number of leadership positions. And several female senators interviewed say that is causing a change on Capitol Hill in the tone and process of legislating.
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Saturday Mail Delivery: Safe For Now?

There's disagreement in Washington, D.C., this week on whether the USPS has the freedom to end Saturday mail delivery in August, as planned. The passage of a bill funding the federal government through September re-ignited the debate.
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After Newtown Shooting, New Attention Focused On Armed School Officers

The Newtown, Conn., school shooting forced people to rethink lots of things about school safety and access to guns. It also raised questions about the role of armed school resource officers (SROs). What exactly do they do? Do they really make schools safer?
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FCC Chairman Had Trouble Pleasing Interest Groups, Industry

Julius Genachowski announced on Friday that he will step down as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He began his tenure with an ambitious National Broadband Plan and made broadband access for all Americans his most frequent talking point. But many say his actual accomplishments fall short of his stated goals.
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40 New York Counties Call For Repeal Of State's Tough New Gun Laws

Forty counties in upstate New York have passed resolutions condemning the state's tough new gun laws, passed quickly in the wake of Sandy Hook. Still, the law and its main architect, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, remain popular with voters, especially around New York City.
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14 Million Americans Don't Work Due To Disability, And The Number Is Growing

In the last 15 years the number of people in the U.S. receiving payments from the federal government for disability has nearly doubled. Why? Two experts have been trying to unravel the mystery.
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Former QB Drew Bledsoe Becomes Unlikely Lobbyist For Interstate Wine Sales

Robert Siegel speaks with former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In retirement, Bledsoe has taken up winemaking in his home state of Washington — but a Massachusetts law banning wine shipments to residents is preventing some of his former fans from becoming customers. This week, Bledsoe traveled to the Massachusetts Statehouse to support a bill that would change that.
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U.S. Pledges $200 Million To Jordan To Aid With Syrian Refugees

President Obama pledged $200 million in additional U.S. aid for Jordan on Friday to help in caring for a flood of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria. The pledge came as Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on the next-to-last day of the president's Middle East tour.

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