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    Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Day 1, Part 1

    Texas Senator Ted Cruz opened the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Then, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott spoke. The American Conservative Union hosted this event at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

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    President Obama on Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    Speaking to a group of “middle class” Americans, President Obama spoke about negotiations to avert impending tax increases and sequestration budget cuts at the end of 2012 if Congress failed to reach a new budget agreement. In his comments he said an agreement was “within sight, but not done yet.” Several members of the group stood behind the president.

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    Senators Kyl and Lieberman on Foreign Policy

    Retiring Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) discussed Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both senators were critical of the Obama administration’s foreign policy choices in the region. These Jeane J. Kirkpatrick award recipients were interviewed by Clifford May.
    This discussion was part of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' 2012 Washington Forum, titled, “Dictators and Dissidents: Should the West Choose Sides?”

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    U.S. Policy Toward Syria

    A bipartisan group of senators spoke about U.S. policy towards Syria. They expressed support for the Obama administration’s latest warning to the Assad regime over the use of biological weapons. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told reporters he would support a “use of force resolution” to prevent Syria’s government from using chemical or biological weapons on its own people. The previous day U.S. intelligence officials said the Syrian military had loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs.

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    House Session

    Representative Ron Barber (D-AZ) was sworn in, filling the seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords.