Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act rally in front of the U.S. Capitol last June. On Thursday, the House passed a reauthorization measure. Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/Flickr hide caption

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media outside the White House after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday to discuss the administration's proposals to reduce gun violence. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama, accompanied by emergency responders — workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of budget cuts — speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office building in Washington on Tuesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in 2014. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 31. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers his State of the Union address last year. On Tuesday night, he will be back at the Capitol for another address to a joint session of Congress. Getty Images hide caption

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Ashley Judd, who has said she's considering a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, is now the subject of a Karl Rove-backed attack ad. Matt Sayles/AP hide caption

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An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike. Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt/AP hide caption

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu tours the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Ga., last year. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel testifies Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Spending cuts that are part of the looming sequester could cause big job losses in defense and other industries. U.S. Navy/Getty Images hide caption

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