In the aftermath of the Arizona shooting spree, House Republican leaders have cleared the legislative calendar for next week, which means that for the most part U.S. politics will slow to a crawl. Instead, members -- Democrats and Republicans -- will participate in a joint caucus meeting Wednesday, to be briefed on security precautions in the wake of the shooting.
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Because of the preponderance of freshman and other junior members, who were not on the Hill during the 9/11 and anthrax attacks, many haven't been briefed on how to prepare for and handle emergencies. They will try to rectify this Wednesday, according to Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson.