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The Pulse: Nelson Mandela remembered

In Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse," a new budget plan to avoid another government shutdown is on the table in Washington, D.C.; a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life in South Africa; and more.
In Tuesday's edition of "The Pulse," a new budget plan to avoid another government shutdown is on the table in Washington, D.C.; a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life in South Africa; and more.

President Obama is keeping an eye on Washington, D.C... As bipartisan House and Senate negotiators have reached deal on a new budget plan to avoid another government shutdown. The two-year deal would set spending levels, reduce the deficit, and relieve arbitrary forced spending cuts scheduled to hit early next year. The deal must still pass the House and Senate.

Thousands of South Africans, world leaders, and celebrities gathering in Johannesburg to bid farewell to Nelson Mandela. While there was sadness over the loss of the leader, the atmosphere was more like a celebration. The memorial brought people together-- if only for the moment, including President Obama, who shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro.

Automaker GM has reached a new milestone: its first woman CEO. Product development chief Mary Barra will be stepping into her new role in January. Barra, who is married and the mother of two children started off with the company as an intern.

More than 200,000 have signed up for a one way ticket to Mars. The Mars One Foundation says it has found suppliers for an unmanned mission launching in 2018. They will select just four Earthlings to colonize the red planet. If all goes well, the first pioneers could land on mars in 2025.

Relentless winter-like weather across much of the nation. A slow moving storm made its way from Washington --- up the East Coast. In the nation's capital, most federal offices were forced to close. And-- in other parts of the country more of the same story. At the airports, 1300 flights have been delayed or cancelled nationwide.

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