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Health Care Debate Expected To Test Bipartisan Spirit

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After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, local lawmakers are calling for a new level of civility in political discourse, which will be tested on the House floor this week.

When members of Congress return to Washington this week, one of their first orders of business is voting on whether to repeal the new health care law. When the bill was initially debated, Republicans said it included so called "death panels" and Democrats accused the GOP of putting insurance companies ahead of sick people. Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says this time around lawmakers need to shy away from demonizing opponents.

"Well I think all of us in public life have an obligation to tone it down. To be aware of the impact rhetoric can make, especially on people who are emotionally or mentally on the edge," Connolly says.

The health care vote that experts say is sure to strain the new-found bi-partisanship is expected on Wednesday.

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The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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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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