Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina after his 24+ hour filibuster in 1957. He was a Democrat then. Later, Thurmond would switch to the Republican Party. AP hide caption

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Will the clouds part, the sun shine and a sequester solution be found? Jason Reed /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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NPR's Tamara Keith on where things stand

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On 'Morning Edition': Mara Liasson reports

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Air interdiction agent Jake Linde in 2010, on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The nominees: John Brennan (left), who is President Obama's choice to head the CIA; and former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who the president has asked to be secretary of defense. STAFF/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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NPR coverage of the Hagel/Brennan nomination announcements

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Superstorm Sandy swept through the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in late October. In late November, this sign symbolized the hope of homeowners that help would be coming soon. Eric Thayer /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A thumbs-up in thanks: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the floor of the House today. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., addresses reporters about ongoing discussions about the so-called fiscal cliff on Dec. 18. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': Scott Horsley and David Greene

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