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Compromise In Congress to Avert The Fiscal Cliff

At the very last minute after months of high pitched debate and political wrangling, Congress managed to pass legislation to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The legislation raises tax rates for high earners, blocks a middle class tax increase but doesn’t begin to address the country’s deficit. At best it’s a stop gap measure: decisions on major spending cuts were postponed for two months and the country’s borrowing limit still needs to be raised. In this hour we talk about the specific compromise provisions Congress came up with, what these may mean for tax payers and the economy, and the immense political and fiscal challenges ahead.


ABC Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

ABC will air "It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown" Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon's golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

When Tipping Was Considered Deeply Un-American

Imported from Europe, the custom of leaving gratuities began spreading in the U.S. post-Civil War. It was loathed as a master-serf custom that degraded America's democratic, anti-aristocratic ethic.

Abortion Providers Raise Security Concerns After Planned Parenthood Shooting

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper about how performing abortions has made her a target for anti-abortion groups. She is an OB-GYN and family planning fellow in Washington, D.C.

Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked

How can climate scientists be so sure about what will happen decades and centuries from now? About 30 teams using supercomputers to churn through mountains of data see patterns aligning.

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