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January 22nd, 2013
11:26 PM ET

Retiring congresswoman leads 2013 lobbying revolving door

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, who won easy re-election to her 10th term in Congress in November, is expected to officially leave office soon to take over a job as head of one of Washington’s largest and most influential trade associations.

According to public records, she is one of five outgoing members of the House of Representatives—four Republicans and one Democrat—to take lobbying jobs as the new Congress begins its work.

A public interest group in Washington says Emerson’s case is the personification of the revolving door in the nation’s capital. And a close look at her career helps explain why.

She is a Washington native who in 1975 married a lobbyist named Bill Emerson. He went on to become a Republican congressman from Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses much of the southeastern part of the state, with Cape Girardeau as its largest population center. During Bill Emerson’s term in office, his wife became a lobbyist, first for the restaurant industry and later as a spokeswoman for the American Insurance Industry Association.

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January 22nd, 2013
11:12 PM ET

Bill would allow concealed guns on campus

In the wake of a shooting at Lone Star College in Houston, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick debate a proposal that would permit concealed guns on campuses in Texas.

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Filed under: Gun Control • Guns • School Shooting
January 22nd, 2013
11:01 PM ET

Wu: I'm a dress maker, not a celebrity

Jason Wu, the man who created Michelle Obama's inaugural gowns, tells Anderson Cooper about his excitement and staying grounded.

"I always say, to do something like that, you have to sort of back it up with more hard work," says Wu about being chosen by the first lady and leveraging the opportunity.

The designer is thankful for the publicity, but prefers not to be in the spotlight. "I've always reminded myself who I am and what I'm here to do," says Wu. "I came to New York to be a fashion designer...at the end of the day, I'm a dress maker. I'm not a celebrity...it's very rare I do TV. I feel comfortable behind the scenes because that's where I have total control. I know exactly what I'm doing. I feel the most comfortable backstage at my shows." FULL POST

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Filed under: Inauguration Day
January 22nd, 2013
10:53 PM ET

Student tweeted to warn about shooting

Amanda Vasquez describes the panic she and other students at Lone Star College experienced during a shooting on the Houston, Texas campus.

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Filed under: Guns • School Shooting
January 22nd, 2013
10:28 PM ET

Costas on Te'o hoax: He was in too deep

NBC's Bob Costas tells Anderson Cooper he has a "gut feeling" Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o let the hoax about his girlfriend continue because the story was "playing out sympathetically."

 
Hear Costa's perspective on Lance Armstrong's confession:
 

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Filed under: Sports
January 22nd, 2013
10:06 PM ET

RidicuList: Beyoncé lip sync controversy

Anderson Cooper tackles the Beyoncé lip-syncing controversy and comes up singing her tune on the RidicuList.

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Filed under: The RidicuList
January 22nd, 2013
09:25 PM ET

Inaugural fashion statements

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on styles worn by presidential wives for inaugurations throughout history.

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Filed under: Inauguration Day • Michelle Obama
January 22nd, 2013
12:25 AM ET

Poet: Hearing Stonewall in Obama's speech was 'Simply amazing'

Richard Blanco is the first Latino and openly gay man to deliver the inaugural poem. Anderson Cooper asks him about the honor, his inspiration for the poem, and the significance of being part of President Obama's swearing-in ceremony. The president made history by acknowledging the struggle for gay rights as part of America's civil rights tradition in his inaugural address.

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Filed under: Gay Rights • Inauguration Day • President Obama
January 22nd, 2013
12:24 AM ET

Best of inaugural tradition and style

Watch highlights of the ceremony and celebrations that commemorated the 57th Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013.

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Filed under: Inauguration Day • President Obama
January 22nd, 2013
12:20 AM ET

Was Pres. Obama's inaugural address partisan?

Paul Begala, Margaret Hoover, Alex Castellanos and Van Jones debate the politics of the president's inaugural speech.

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