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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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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.
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Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.
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Obama Grants Clemency To 100+ Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog

Thousands of petitions are still pending, but the Justice Department tells NPR that despite doubts from advocates it plans to consider each of them before President Obama leaves office.
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#IfAfricaWasASchool, Who Would Be The Nerd? Jock? Most Popular?

A trending hashtag on Twitter invites people to personify countries in Africa with various schoolyard archetypes.

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