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Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Tuesday on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday they'll hear arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Republican Ted Cruz, then senator-elect, speaks to reporters before a freshman senators luncheon on Nov. 13. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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Path To Immigration Too Toxic A Topic For Many Republican Politicians

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Hagel Travels To Afghanistan In First Trip As Defense Secretary

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Hagel Travels To Afghanistan On First Trip Abroad As Defense Secretary

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President Obama speaks to reporters Friday at the White House after he met with congressional leaders regarding the sequester. "Even with these cuts in place, folks all across this country will work hard to make sure that we keep the recovery going," said Obama. "But Washington sure isn't making it easy." Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., checks his phone before a hearing on Capitol Hill in September. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Republicans Stall Hagel's Secretary Of Defense Nomination

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a fundraiser in Altoona, Iowa, on Nov. 17. He is delivering the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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