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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.
Matt Laslo
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.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 4, 2015

You can see two exhibits and rub elbows with the artists behind the work.
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The Surprising Roots of Barbecue

We speak with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the roots of familiar southern dishes in African and Native American food traditions.

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President Obama's Iran Speech

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb joins us to discuss the parallels between JFK's nuclear disarmament speech fifty years ago and President Obama's speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

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Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

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