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Senate Rejects Effort to Roll Back Birth Control Rule

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The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate today narrowly rejected an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to circumvent a controversial Obama administration rule requiring employers to provide contraceptives. The Obama rule has provoked a passionate election year debate about the line between religious freedom and women's health.
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February 17, 2012

Weekly Show

As the GOP presidential primary race between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney tightens, the panel previews the Arizona and Michigan primaries. Plus, President Barack Obama’s proposed budget, a deal to extend payroll tax cuts, and tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Jackie Calmes, New York Times; Susan Davis, USA Today; Martha Raddatz, ABC News.

 

Congress hammers out deal to extend payroll tax cut

On The Radar

Congress reached an agreement late Wednesday to extend the temporary payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits for an additional 10 months as part of a $150 billion legislative compromise. Lawmakers are likely to pass the bill and send it to President Obama by the end of the week.
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Obama Won't Come Close on Pledge to Halve Deficit, CBO Says

On The Radar

President Obama's pledge to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term will fall short, according to the latest economic outlook released Tuesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The president said in February 2009 that the $1.3 trillion deficit he inherited would be cut in half under his budget blueprint, but according to the CBO, the deficit in 2012 will continue to hover around $1 trillion, and fall to just under $1 trillion next year if current tax laws are extended, as expected.

Female Candidates for Congress on Upward Trend

On The Radar

The roster of congressional candidates for this year's elections is taking shape and one trend is emerging: 2012 could be another "Year of the Woman" in American politics. The moniker was famously applied in 1992 when four women were elected to the Senate, a high watermark for the chamber that has never been surpassed.
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McCain: GOP Debates are 'Damaging' to Nominee

On The Radar

Former presidential nominee John McCain is part of a growing chorus of leading Republican voices who worry the exhaustive lineup of GOP primary debates will be harmful to the eventual nominee.
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Rep. Giffords to Resign this Week to Focus on Recovery

On The Radar

One year after a gunman tried to take her life, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sat before a camera and announced she would forgo re-election plans in order to focus on her ongoing recovery.
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Republicans Confident They'll Hang onto House

On The Radar

Republicans in the House of Representatives face a toxic national attitude toward Congress, but there remains broad confidence within the GOP that its control of the chamber is not in jeopardy. It's a message party leaders are sharing with their rank-and-file lawmakers gathered this weekend in Baltimore for their annual three-day retreat to develop policy and political strategy for 2012.
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Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline from Canada to Texas

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President Obama's rejection Wednesday of rapid approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas triggered Republican and business community objections but also signs from Obama and the pipeline company that the issue was far from over. Russ Girling, president of TransCanada, the pipeline's builder, said the company would reapply for permitting and asked for the application to be processed in time to get the pipeline online by 2014.
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Nancy Pelosi: Romney Won't be President

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leveled a harsh critique against Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Tuesday, stating in no uncertain terms that she does not believe he poses a real threat to President Obama's re-election if he becomes the nominee.
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