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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "For The Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call To Solving Our Nation's Problems"

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says we should measure our success as a nation by how well our children are doing. The congresswoman from Florida and chair of the Democratic National Committee believes that goal can bring both parties together. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Washington, D.C. right now. While many Americans fault Republicans for the current federal government shutdown, Democrats don’t escape blame either. But the DNC chair believes the shutdown fight is, in part, a personal vendetta against President Barack Obama by the Tea Party. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks with Diane about the leadership crisis in Washington and how she believes we can overcome political gridlock.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee and a Florida congresswoman, talks about how she got started in the electoral process and why she says electing more women to Congress would improve political consensus. "My way of giving back was to make public service a career and to make the world a better place," she said.

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Excerpted from "For The Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call To Solving Our Nation's Problems" by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Copyright © 2013 by Debbie Wasserman Schultz. With permission of St. Martin's Press.


Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you're ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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