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Webb Accuses GOP Leaders Of Caving In To Partisan Demands

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After the president's speech this morning, congressional websites began crashing and phone lines got overwhelmed as the public weighed in on the nation’s most pressing question.

Even with the prodding, gridlock persists at the Capitol. To gain support from the far right wing of the party, House GOP leaders added a constitutional amendment to balance the budget to their bill, raising the debt limit.

Democrats, like Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, say GOP leaders are caving to partisan demands.

"The country right now, the country's economy, is being held hostage by a relatively small group of people in the Republican party, not the entire Republican party, who want this issue to continue all the way into the 2012 elections," says Webb.

If no deal is reached by Tuesday both Maryland and Virginia face the potential to have their credit ratings downgraded.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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