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An Insider's View Of The Debt Ceiling And Shutdown Talks

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The government shutdown continues and so does the countdown to when the nation hits the dreaded debt ceiling. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., don't seem to get along but they seem to be the last best chance to get the government running and to help the U.S. avoid default. How do two bitter adversaries negotiate? Melissa Block put that question to Jim Manley, who was a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and, before that, press secretary to Sen. Ted Kennedy, for a former insider's look at how deals are made on Capitol Hill.
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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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