• Kevin Spacey on ‘diabolical’ new role as devious congressman

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    Washington got a taste of Hollywood at the premiere of the new Netflix political drama series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. Spacey plays the role of conniving Majority Whip Francis Underwood, who uses the leverages of Washington to take revenge and get his way after the new president-elect passes him over for Secretary of State.

    Spacey says that although his character may be described as "diabolical," he is also effective.

    "I look at a figure like Lyndon Johnson who I think while he like was one of these people that I am talking about, you know, the way he negotiated was incredibly tough," Spacey says. "People talk about what a difficult person he was but he also was remarkably effective. He got three civil rights bills passed in a very brief presidency."

    Spacey says the series comes at an "extraordinary time" when audiences are examining the world of politics and discovering that even some of the nation's most revered political figures have made a backdoor deal or

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  • Bottom Line

    Immigration reform has been at the top of the agenda in Washington, D.C. this week, both in Congress and in the Obama administration. On Monday a bipartisan group of eight Senators introduced a plan for reform, and on Tuesday President Obama presented his own plan, similar to the Senate’s proposal, in a speech in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Many of you had questions about the details of the plans. Stephen D. Spurlock wanted to know: Will the 11 million plus illegal’s have to register, get a social security number, pay taxes in order to comply?

    Sandy Abraham Stafford wrote in on Facebook: Is there a time frame if immigrants are interested in becoming a citizen to set up the beginning of the process?

    And John Cleeveley tweeted: What border controls will the president support?

    Thank you for all of the great questions, and please keep them coming on Twitter and on Facebook. We’ll talk a lot more about immigration reform this Sunday on “This Week.” My exclusive guest for the program is

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  • Former Marine Corps General: Women in combat long overdue

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    This past week we saw an extraordinary change in the military lifting the ban on direct combat for women. Former Marine Corps General James Cartwright, a defense consultant for ABC News, lived through a similar sea change in the 1990s, when the military lifted its combat ban for female aviators.

    Cartwright recalls the first integrated deployment with female marines to Japan and the Philippines in the early 1980s.

    "For all of the hoopla that goes with that, quite frankly they did extremely well," says the retired general. "If you set the conditions, if you set the moral temperature of the organization, you will do just fine."

    "Fast forward to when we brought them into the officer ranks as pilots," adds Cartwright. "There were all sorts of speculation -- women couldn't go faster than the speed of sound, they'd break or whatever, I don't know ... But the reality was, in many cases they were better."

    Cartwright, who also served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

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