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Van Hollen: New Super Committee For Shutdown A 'Diversion'

The super committee failed in its task to reduce the deficit nearly two years ago.
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The super committee failed in its task to reduce the deficit nearly two years ago.

Republican leaders want to set up another special working group to solve the impasse in Congress.

Remember the super committee? Its failure triggered sequestration's trillion dollar haircut to the federal budget. The committee imploded because the two sides couldn't agree on changes to the tax code.

The politics on tax issues haven't changed, but now Republicans are demanding changes to the health law before they'll fund the government.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) served on the super committee and opposes this latest idea from Republicans.

"The idea of creating another committee, when the last one took three months and didn't succeed, is a diversion," he says.

House Republicans combined a bill to set up a new special committee with a measure to pay federal workers like Capitol Police officesr who weren't furloughed on time.


Understanding Rosa Parks As "A Life-Long Freedom Fighter"

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as a meek accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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