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Posted: December 24, 2012 at 5:16 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “If it’s a panel that’s just going to be made up of a bunch of people that, for the last 20 years, have been trying to destroy the Second Amendment, I’m not interested in sitting on that panel.” National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, rejecting a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden that is examining ways to reduce gun violence Article, 2A Senators doubt Hagel confirmation WASHINGTON — Two senators predicted Sunday that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary.

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