1. Kyrsten Sinema's Break-Up With Dems Won't Change Much In The Senate NPR 29:46

The Arizona senator announced she was leaving the Democratic party — but given her broad support of Democratic priorities and the president’s nominees, it is not expected to change the dynamics of Senate control. And the Congress is sprinting toward the finish line, codifying some protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. Incumbent lawmakers will need to extend government funding and pass a big, annual defense bill before the new Congress is sworn in early next month.

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