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**FILE** Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat

Markey announces run for Kerry's Senate seat

Rep. Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, will run for the U.S. Senate seat likely to be vacated by John Kerry, who President Obama recently announced as his selection to be the next U.S. Secretary of State, the Boston Globe reports.

Wayne LaPierre is executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NRA head LaPierre won't support new gun regulations

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, doubled down Sunday on the group's push to increase the number of armed officers in schools in the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., saying that reducing magazine clip capacity or reinstating a ban on so-called assault weapons will not do anything to prevent such events in the future.

Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a press conference regarding negotiations on the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Christmas coal for 'fiscal cliff' failure

A group of liberal Catholics plans to deliver 120 pounds of coal to House Republicans on Friday, accusing them of having ruined Christmas by leaving without getting a deal done to avoid the "fiscal cliff."