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9:08am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

General's Dismissal Of Sex Assault Conviction Sparks Anger, Review Of System

The Pentagon. New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants a review of how sexual assault cases are adjudicated by the military.
Jason Reed Reuters /Landov

An Air Force general's decision to dismiss the charges against a lieutenant colonel who was convicted of sexual assault has outraged many members of Congress and led new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to say he's ordered a review of the case.

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6:46am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Committee Takes Up Expanded Gun Measures

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 11:14 am

Gun show in Chantilly, Va., last December.
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Update at 11:15 a.m. ET: Senate Passes Measure:

The Associated Press reports that the committee cast a 10-8 party-line vote, with all Republicans opposed, on the measure to expand a requirement of background checks for gun sales between private parties.

The Associated Press reports:

"The bill's sponsor, New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer, said the measure will reduce gun crimes, and said he hopes he can strike a compromise on the measure with Republicans, which would enhance the measure's chances of passing in the full Senate.

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6:17am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Ryan Says His Budget Would Balance In 10 Years

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:32 am

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., when he was campaigning as the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee.
Michael Sears MCT /Landov

(Note at 11:20 a.m. ET: Scroll down to see the GOP plan, which has now been released; new comments from Rep. Ryan; and White House reaction.)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, unveiled his latest budget plan Tuesday morning — and as NPR's Tamara Keith told our Newscast Desk, he says it would bring the federal budget in balance by 2023.

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1:30pm

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Former Sen. Larry Craig Argues His Bathroom Antics Were Part Of His Work

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:40 am

Former Sen. Larry Craig, a Republican from Idaho.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Lawyers for former Sen. Larry Craig argued today that using campaign money for a legal defense over his 2007 arrest was proper because he was arrested while on official business.

If you recall, Craig, a Republican from Idaho, was arrested during a sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig used a bathroom there during a layover, when an undercover officer said Craig sexually solicited him by tapping his foot.

Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but after his case became public he tried to renege.

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5:00am

Mon March 11, 2013
Politics

Gardner And GOP Wary Of The President's Outreach

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner on NBC's Meet the Press on 3/9/13
Credit Meet the Press / NBC

The President’s decision to reach out to and meet with congressional republicans is being met with skepticism and caution by some members of the Republican party.

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