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Analysis: Sen. Mikulski Takes Center Stage In Spending Negotiations

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Congress may be well on its way to completing a giant spending bill that will keep the government funded past Jan. 15, when the current bill expires.

As chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations committee, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has spent the last several weeks writing the $1 trillion bill with her colleague in the House, Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Kent.). They're set to determine the final steps this afternoon — after months of Congressional deadlock.

This could be a defining moment for Mikulski's leadership, as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains in a discussion with WAMU's Pat Brogan.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Sen. Mikulski's Vote Clears The Way For Obama's Deal With Iran

With the approval of Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, announced Wednesday, President Obama has secured enough support in Congress to sustain his nuclear deal with Iran.
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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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