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Power Breakfast for October 13, 2009

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The hue and cry over whether lawmakers get enough time to read the bills is one of those trusty, perennial rants that the Congressional minority always invokes against the majority, regardless of who's in power. Recently Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) co-sponsored legislation in the House to mandate that bills be available online for 72 hours before a vote.

Today the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on its health care bill-having had its 72 hours.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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