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Political Checklist: Lame-Duck Congress Comes to a Close

In this week’s edition of the Political Checklist, Political Editor David Chalian talks with Senior Correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about their takeaways from the final weeks of the 111th Congress – known as the lame-duck session.

Over the weekend, Democrats and eight Republican Senators broke a filibuster to vote to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers – a policy that President Obama wanted to see repealed.

The trio also discuss the politics behind the defeat of the DREAM Act and the path ahead for President Obama’s remaining priority for the lame-duck session: ratification of a new START nuclear arms deal with Russia.

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