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First word: Back to school

Children from Newtown, CT, return to school Tuesday, four days after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Children return to school on December 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, four days after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Children return to school on December 18, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, four days after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.
Children from Newtown, CT, return to school Tuesday, four days after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The tragedy has sparked a national debate about gun control, and aides to President Obama are saying that he would back legislation proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein to ban assault weapons, among other things. Here are some more stories informing the Last Word rundown tonight:
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  • Obama backs Feinstein gun control initiative, according to aides
  • A 'fiscal cliff' deal is near: here are the details
  • Cerberus’ exit from the gun industry shows how public pressure can shame companies to do right