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Police in Ukraine used force against peaceful protesters today in what's becoming that country's worst crisis since the Orange Revolution of 2004. Also House Republicans defend the bipartisan budget deal, and the Newtown massacre and gun control--one year later.

Banner image: Interior Ministry personnel leave Independence Square as pro-European integration protesters gesture in central Kiev December 11, 2013. Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Lata Pandya

Making News House GOP Defend Bipartisan Budget Deal 8 MIN, 16 SEC

The bipartisan budget agreement released yesterday on Capitol Hill has been attacked by conservative groups, including Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity. House Speaker John Boehner was asked today about their opposition. He accused the groups "who came out and opposed it before they ever saw it," as "using the American people for their own goals... If you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement." Janet Hook is congressional correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal (@hookjan)

Main Topic Ukraine: More Dangerously Divided than Ever 35 MIN, 39 SEC

Riot police used clubs, shields and tear gas to attack lines of hand-holding demonstrators early this morning in Kiev, Ukraine's capital city. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed "disgust" at the use of force against a peaceful protest. It started almost three weeks ago when President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a deal with the European Union, apparently under pressure from Russia. Now it's about civil rights and demands for him to step down. We update today's action, the role of billionaire oligarchs and the international fallout. 

Christopher J. Miller, Radio Free Europe (@ChristopherJM)
Sophia Opatska, Ukrainian Catholic University (@_LvBS_)
Andrey Kortunov, Russian International Affairs Council (@Russian_Council)
Andrew Wood, Chatham House (@ChathamHouse)

Today's Talking Point Many States Loosen Gun Control Laws a Year after Newtown 7 MIN, 40 SEC

After 26 victims were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, it was called "an unprecedented opportunity" for gun control. Grieving parents vowed to fight for what they called "sensible solutions to prevent gun violence." Even some politicians with top ratings from the NRA suggested they'd be willing to consider new gun control measures. One year later, it hasn't turned out that way. That's according to a report by the PBS series Frontline, where Sarah Childress is an investigative reporter.

Sarah Childress, PBS' 'Frontline' (@sarah_childress)


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