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* Captain Mark Kelly and Wayne LaPierre will be among the witnesses set to appear at the Senate Judiciary Committee's first hearing on gun violence since the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., school. Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D), who nearly lost her life in a 2011 shooting, and LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's executive vice president, will headline a panel of five witnesses on Jan. 30. The guest list suggests the panel tilts slightly in favor of those opposed to stricter gun-control laws.

* President Obama named Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough his new chief of staff and tapped communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer to replace longtime senior adviser David Plouffe.  Meanwhile, Chris Lu, Obama's chief liaison to his cabinet, is leaving his post.

* A federal appeals court ruled that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority when he named three members of the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was on a break last year. The White House says it disagrees with the ruling.

* Nearly six weeks after acknowledging an extramarital affair, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) is ending his bid to become the next governor of Arkansas, he said Friday, citing a concern that the campaign would be dominated by an examination of his personal life. Meanwhile, former lieutenant governor Bill Halter (D) plans to enter the race.

* Two Republican state senators in Virginia oppose a move to reapportion the state’s electoral votes by congressional district, likely dealing the measure a big blow.


* Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear in their first ever joint interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" this Sunday.

* Reince Priebus was easily reelected chairman of the Republican National Committee.

* A bipartisan group of senators is nearing an agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation's immigration laws. Meanwhile, Obama will travel to Las Vegas on Tuesday for remarks on immigration, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) wrote in a joint Wall Street Journal op-ed that Congress should commit itself to "comprehensive immigration reform."

* Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is reportedly parting ways with Fox News.


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