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VIDEO: The Week Ahead: The sequester's coming

The sequester deadline, President Obama heads to Virginia to campaign against it, the NRA pushes back against background checks, Chuck Hagel likely confirmed as defense secretary, Michelle Obama's star-athlete-studded Let's Move! event, and the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

Video edited by NBC's Andy Gross and Domenico Montanaro.

Special thanks once again to our special creative adviser Lazlo Ruggiero and lighting and prop whiz Drew Fredrickson.