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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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'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
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How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

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Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling

Many undocumented immigrants are living in fear after a Supreme Court ruling effectively barred deferred deportation for 4 million people. What the ruling means for families across the country and how immigration policy is playing out in 2016 election politics.

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Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia, or depression.

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