Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about KeystoneXL Pipeline’s bad week

DupuyTina Dupuy of calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about how far to take ‘Freedom of Religion’

EJ Graff of “The Advocate” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the National Organization For Marriage and their avoidance of campaign finance laws

Connecticut lawmakers say they have reached an agreement on gun control legislation that they said would be one of the toughest in the nation, 3½ months after 26 people were killed in a mass shooting at Newtown.

• Two key Senate lawmakers said Sunday that a deal on a comprehensive immigration reform bill is close but not complete after a breakthrough in talks between business and labor groups this weekend.

Exxon Mobil Corp continued efforts on Monday to clean up thousands of barrels of crude oil spilled from a near 65-year-old pipeline in Arkansas, as a debate raged about the safety of the KeystoneXL pipeline.

North Korea announced plans on Tuesday to restart a nuclear reactor that has been closed since 2007, but emphasized it was seeking a deterrent capacity, rather than repeating recent threats to attack South Korea and the United States.