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O'Malley Worries That Government Shutdown Could Hurt State Economy

A shutdown of the federal government would be devastating for the state of Maryland, says Governor Martin O'Malley.

The governor appeared with President Obama yesterday at Prince George's Community College in Largo, where they discussed the exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act that are due to go online Tuesday. O'Malley says he's fairly confident Maryland's marketplace will launch smoothly without any major problems.

But the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is more than fairly confident that if the federal government gets shut down because of the funding fight over the law referred to as Obamacare, Maryland will suffer.

"It would be a real kick in the teeth for us. It's not something that would help us recover, it's something that would hurt our economy. Perhaps that's why the Republican Congress wants to do it. I think they have not been able to get out of the hostage-taking mode of governing," he said.

Maryland is home to many major federal installations, like the National Institutes of Health, the National Security Agency and several military bases.

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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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