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  • Gun Control Legislation Markup
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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 own…

  • Vote on Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense
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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 opposed. Senator David…

  • Gun Violence Prevention
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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…

  • Justice Department Oversight
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    Justice Department Oversight

    Attorney General Eric Holder testified at a Justice Department oversight hearing. Both Republicans and Democrats pressed Mr. Holder on a Justice Department memo regarding the use of drone…

  • Senate Judiciary Cmte Continues Debate on Gun Legislation
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    Gun Control Bills

    The Senate Judiciary Committee continued to mark up gun control legislation. The committee passed the assault weapon ban bill out of committee, moving it to the Senate floor. Committee…

  • Gun Violence Reduction Proposals
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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…

  • Senate Judiciary Cmte Continues Work on Gun Legislation
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    Gun Control Legislation Markup

    The Senate Judiciary Committee debated measures on gun control, including an assault weapons ban bill offered by California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D). Other measures scheduled for…

  • Benghazi Consulate Attack
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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 his…

  • Senate Committee Examines the Legality of US Drone Strikes
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    Targeted Killing of Terrorist Suspects Overseas

    Military and policy experts testified on the the constitutional and statutory authority for targeted killings with aerial drones of American terrorist suspects overseas. In his opening…

  • Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing Part 2
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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 opinions and…

  • Senate Session
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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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  • Gun Violence Reduction legislation
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    Gun Violence Reduction legislation

    Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mark Begich (D-AK) announced their legislation to prevent gun violence by strengthening background check laws that would limit access to firearms based on…

  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
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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 programs. James Clapper…

  • Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Conference Committee Meeting
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    Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Conference Committee Meeting

    House and Senate negotiators held their first formal meeting on the 2014 federal budget. The conference committee was supposed to come up with a budget plan by mid December 2013, as called…

  • DHS Sec Napolitano Testifies on Immigration Reform
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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 she…

  • Assault Weapons Ban
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    Assault Weapons Ban

    Witnesses testified on a proposed assault weapons ban introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would prohibit the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of “military-style…

  • Sexual Assault in the Military Part 1
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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 the…

  • Sequestration Defense Budget Cuts
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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 total revision of military…

  • Defense Authorization for Central Command and Special Operations
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    Defense Authorization for Central Command and Special Operations

    Central and Special Operations Commands leaders testified on funding for 2014 military programs. General James Mattis, the head of military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, said that his…

  • Debt Reduction and the Federal Budget
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    Debt Reduction and the Federal Budget

    Obama administration cabinet officials testified on the impact of sequestration on their departments. Some of the services that would be cut included Agriculture Department inspections, airport…

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