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The U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Monday, before President Obama's second inauguration. While the president raised big issues in his inaugural address — climate change, gay rights, immigration, the shooting of schoolchildren — none of them appear to top the agenda of Congress, which returned to work Tuesday. Drew Angerer /EPA /Landov hide caption

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Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Weigh In On Obama's Speech

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Congressional Showdown Over Debt Limit Could Happen Later Than Expected

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officer Jay Phillippi looks over a fully automatic Thompson machine gun that was turned in during a "Gifts for Guns" program in Compton, Calif., in 2005. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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The Decades-Old Gun Ban That's Still On The Books

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have talked about a deal to change the Senate's filibuster rules. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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As The Capitol Turns: Little Has Changed In Congress' New Season

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New Congress Already Has Full Plate With Spending Cuts, Debt Ceiling

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'Fiscal Cliff' Action Moves To The House

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, leaves the Senate chamber to caucus in the Capitol on Sunday. Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Fruitless Weekend, Congress Still Seeks Fiscal Deal

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