Bob's Blog: Ringing in 2015

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WASHINGTON (CBS News) - After all the New Year's celebrations are over, and the confetti in New York City's Times Square is all cleaned up, we're left with one big question: Will 2015 be just like 2014?

The past year saw plenty of political fights, ranging from immigration reform to raising the minimum wage. The election seemed to drive both sides farther apart than ever before, and we aren't seen any signs since then of a reconciliation. In fact, the post-election rhetoric has been as divisive as ever.

Which issues will carry over into the new year? And can lawmakers in Washington finally turn a corner and get something done? There is a lot to discuss on the first episode of "Face The Nation" in 2015.

We'll talk to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who is the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will also join us to discuss the new Congress and the ongoing discussion about race - and politics - in America.

Also joining us is Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who recently visited Liberia to assess the Ebola response. The situation there is still grim: More than 20,000 people have been diagnosed in the past year. The U.S. and other nations have sent personnel and other resources, but are they being used effectively? We'll find out.

For insight and analysis, we'll hear from David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Gwen Ifill of PBS, Susan Page of USA Today, and Dan Balz of the Washington Post.

We hope you'll join us this Sunday as we look ahead to the new year. Check your local listings here.