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Filibuster may be the real victim in Hagel drama

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Chuck Hagel cleared a cloture vote by a wide margin on Tuesday, but the real winners in the battle over the defense secretary nominee could be the supporters of filibuster reform.

Constitution Check: Would a “drone court” be unconstitutional?

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Lyle Denniston looks at the concept that judges or Congress should have some say in the process of using drone aircraft to target suspected terrorists.

Constitution Check: Do states have the power to block new federal gun controls?

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Lyle Denniston looks at efforts by states to ban the federal government from enforcing national gun laws, and why those efforts face a serious constitutional roadblock.

Why Congress protected its own pay in the sequester deal

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Congressional staffers face layoffs and furloughs in two weeks, but Congress members made sure their own paychecks were safe when passing the “sequester law” in 2011.

Mitt Romney would face long odds in another presidential bid

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Mitt Romney will make his first major public speech since his loss to President Barack Obama, in a return to the political spotlight. But another White House bid would be problematic, based on the past decisions of former losing presidential candidates.