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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Barack Obama meets with House Republicans on the shutdown and looming debt ceiling. Janet Yellen is nominated to lead the Federal Reserve. And the Supreme Court opens its fall term with a case on campaign finance. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Why does the federal government need to raise the U.S. debt limit in order to pay bills? Olivier Knox of Yahoo! News explains in simple terms how the federal government borrows money to pay day-to-day bills for basic services like highway construction. The government defaults on its debt when it can't pay its bills, which -- like the borrowing limit -- have been approved by Congress.

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Feminist Bookstore Slams 'Portlandia' And Says Show Can No Longer Film There

The staff of In Other Words say the TV comedy is "diametrically opposed to our politics and the vision of society we're organizing to realize."
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The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.
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Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Rest Of Term Over Gay Marriage Stance

The head of the state's Supreme Court loses his judicial ethics case and is ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings against him.
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The People's Guide To Navigating Racial Awkwardess

What are the best strategies for responding to uncomfortable racial comments? We asked, you delivered. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

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