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Tony Blinken is shown wearing a blue suit and tie while speaking with Joe Biden wearing a face mask in the distance.

Senate begins Biden cabinet hearings; Mexico urges US immigration policy reform; American woman allegedly steals Pelosi laptop for Russian intelligence

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On inauguration eve, President-elect Joe Biden’s top national security cabinet picks are set for Senate approval hearings Tuesday.

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Impeachment comes to the Senate — 5 questions answered

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Could President Trump be impeached and convicted — but also reelected?

The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia March 3, 2005.

There may be reason for optimism following the CIA torture report

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) speaks about pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 4, 2013.

This senator says the Pentagon is still a ‘complete failure’ on protecting sexual assault victims

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Politics, policy and The Tea Party: the top 5 things to look for in the new congress

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The Takeaway’s Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the new Congress and the top five things to watch out for in 2011.

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Financial overhaul passes the senate

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After months of debate, the Senate passed a financial regulatory bill by a 59-39 vote Thursday. The biggest change in the bill is the creation of an agency whose sole job is to monitor fairness of any product that is bought by the consumer.

Marathon filibuster kills abortion bill, puts Texas Senator into national spotlight

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A bill that would ban abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant and could close down all but five abortion clinics in Texas was defeated Tuesday after a nearly 13-hour filibuster from State Senator Wendy Davis. Though she may have only delayed the inevitable, it brought her support from many around the country.

Rand Paul uses 13-hour filibuster to stall John Brennan’s ultimately successful nomination

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Sen. Rand Paul spent 13 hours on a talking filibuster to stall the nomination of John Brennan to head up the CIA. With bipartisan concern over drone strikes aimed at Americans overseas, some are concerned drones could also be used on American soil in the future.

Biden, for better or worse, more aggressive in vice presidential debate

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Vice President Joe Biden came out swinging in Thursday night’s debate, seeking to erase memories of President Barack Obama’s bland performance a week ago. Instant polls gave him somewhat less than a victory — a title that perhaps should be awarded to the moderator.