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Bob's Blog: Coming up December 15 on Face the Nation

(CBS News) -- As the year comes close to an end, something positive finally happened here in Washington. The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget deal marking a breakthrough moment for this highly divided Congress.

The budget deal was not at all what both Republicans and Democrats wanted but it was very significant. It may give lawmakers an indication that compromise is not such a dirty word and could open way towards future negotiation.

Pending the approval of the Senate, this means that we won’t have another government shutdown for a few years.

Will the budget pass in the Senate? This Sunday on “Face the Nation,” we’ll ask the Senate Minority whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

There’s also a lot of news this week from abroad. News reports surfaced this week that claim Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran was working for the CIA. In North Korea, the uncle of the young leader Kim Jong Un was executed and deemed as a traitor.  Sunday, we’ll have the latest on the protests in Kiev centered on the Ukrainian president’s hold of a historic trade agreement with the European Union, and an update on Syria following the newly released UN report.

 We have a terrific panel lined up with CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward, Tom Friedman of the New York Times, Radhika Jones of TIME, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Bloomberg View.Then, to conclude our coverage of Nelson Mandela, we’ll have reports coming from the funeral in South Africa, and a panel of Deborah Patta of CBS News, South African journalist and CBS consultant Tim Modise, Allen Pizzey of CBS News, and John Carlin, author of “Knowing Mandela” and “Invictus.” 

Finally, we’ll end our broadcast with a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Hope you’ll join us. 

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