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    Gun Control Legislation Markup

    The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill on gun trafficking largely along party lines. The legislation would toughen penalties for those who buy guns for people who cannot legally…

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    Vote on Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

    The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense by a 14-11 margin. All 14 Democrats supported the nomination, and 11 Republicans…

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    Gun Violence Prevention

    Advocates for and against stricter gun-control laws testified at a hearing on gun violence prevention. The hearing was held in part in reaction to the December 2012 elementary school…

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    Senate Ceremonial Swearing-in

    Vice President Biden held a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with newly-elected and re-elected senators. The event happens at the start of each Congress in the Old Senate…

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    Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and its impact on consumers. David Cohen of Comcast and Arthur Vinson of Time-Warner told…

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    Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

    Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels testified at a hearing on the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The U.S. holds more prisoners in isolation than any other…

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    Gun Violence Reduction Proposals

    Attorneys and victims of gun violence testified on proposals to reduce gun violence, such as universal background checks on gun buyers, banning assault weapons and limiting high capacity…

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    Senate Session

    The Senate passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, S. 744, on a vote of 68 to 32.

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    Benghazi Consulate Attack

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Secretary Panetta in…

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    Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 2

    Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his…

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    Immigration Policy, Secretary Napolitano Testimony

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified in the third of a series of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on comprehensive immigration reform legislation. In her testimony…

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    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

    National security and intelligence officials as well as legal scholars testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the National Security Agency’s surveillance…

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    Cybercrime and Privacy

    Senior officials from Target and Neiman Marcus testified on the recent security breaches at their stores and their companies' ongoing efforts to secure customers' financial data. In…

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    Sequestration Defense Budget Cuts

    Military leaders testified on the potential effects of sequestration military budget cuts. They said the reductions would mean less training, furloughs for thousands of workers, and a…

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    Sexual Assaults in the Military, Panel 1

    Military service branch chiefs and others testified on pending legislation on sexual assault in the military. Among the issues they addressed were reporting procedures for assault…

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    Aerial Drone Use in the U.S.

    Law enforcement, legal, and industry experts testified on the domestic use of unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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    Immigration Legislation Markup, Day 5, Part 3

    Senate Judiciary Committee Members met for the fifth day of markup on the immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. This…

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    Federal Prisons and Sentencing

    The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons testified on ways to reduce prison system costs incurred by repeat offenders. The second panel included state officials and experts on the…

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation Operations and NSA Surveillance Programs

    FBI Director Robert Mueller testified at an oversight hearing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation which focused on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. In his…

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    Sexual Assault in the Military, Part 1

    Former service members testified before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel about being sexually assault while serving in the military. What could be done to improve…

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