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Maryland Senator Defends Federal Spending On Prenatal Care

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In a draft budget House Republicans are calling for cutting maternity and children programs by more than $200 million, which Cardin opposes.

"Well I'm very concerned about the Republican game plan. I think their plan would be to decimate government," he says.

Maryland ranks 39th in the United States for its infant mortality rate. Cardin says addressing that problem will save money in the end.

"If we can get birth rates up, you not only...decrease infant mortality, we also provide healthier babies, which will have healthier lives, more productive lives and less costly lives," he says.

The spending battle is just beginning on Capitol Hill, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats will now have to work negotiate the final details of the nations budget.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. We get an update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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