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Iran Hostages Released

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January 23, 1981
35 years ago, 52 Americans were released from Iran after spending 444 days as hostages after the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Their release came minutes after President Ronald Reagan was sworn in on January 20, 1981.
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How Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Helped Ted Cruz Win in 2012

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August 3, 2012
In the summer of 2012, Sarah Palin's endorsement helped fuel tea party-backed, first-time candidate Ted Cruz to an upset victory in the Republican Senate primary in Texas. Now four years later, Cruz is running a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and had hoped to win Palin's endorsement again, but on Tuesday the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee announced her support of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords injured in 2011 Tucson shooting

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January 14, 2011
On January 8, 2011, an armed gunman opened fired at a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and 13 others were injured including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In the five years that have followed, Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, have become fierce advocates for gun reform, and just this week they were at the White House as President Obama announced new executive action to curb gun violence. Among his proposals: more money for mental health screening and increased requirements for background checks.
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After Newtown shooting, President Obama calls for gun control

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December 14, 2012
President Obama invoked the shooting in Newtown that killed 26 elementary school students and teachers as a reason for pushing gun reform.
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Hillary Clinton Testifies on Capitol Hill on Health Care

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October 1, 1993
As Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to October 1993 when the then-First Lady went to Capitol Hill to advocate for President Bill Clinton's health care reform.
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The Confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts

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September 16, 2005
Following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist ten years ago, President George W. Bush nominated D.C. Circuit judge John Roberts to become the 17th chief justice of the United States. In his 10 years as chief, Roberts has overseen a Supreme Court that has expanded the role of money in politics, twice upheld President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act and expanded marriage access to same-sex couples
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Hillary Clinton Declares "Women's Rights are Human Rights"

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September 8, 1995
As Hillary Clinton continues her campaign to be the first female president of the United States, we look back at her speech as First Lady to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 20 years ago. "If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all," Clinton declared in September 1995.
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Hurricane Katrina's Devastating Impact

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September 2, 2005
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf coast. Nearly 2000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands more were left homeless by the costliest natural disaster in history.
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Courting Voters at the Iowa State Fair

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August 12, 2011
Four years ago, Gwen Ifill talked to Dan Balz from the State Fair about the impact of Iowa on the Republican presidential field.