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Week In News: Responding To China's Pollution Problem

Regular contributor and The Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows is in Shanghai, China, this week. Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden speaks with him about all things China, including the country's response to the pollution problem and the hopes pinned to their new president.
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No Action Yet To Repeal Sequestration Cuts

President Obama spent part of the weekend reaching out to members of Congress. He's still looking for some alternative to the budget cuts that he ordered on Friday.
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Media Circus: Ah, The President's Mean

The White House-Woodward spat is part of a longer story about the professional life of one of America's most famous journalists.
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Without A Pope, Cardinals Are Running The Vatican

The Vatican is now under the control of the cardinals who will elect a new leader of the Catholic Church. On Thursday, Pope Benedict gave up his ring, cape and red papal shoes and became pope emeritus.
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Automatic Budget Cuts To Take Effect This Week

In 2011, during the debt ceiling crisis, Congress passed and President Obama signed a law mandating automatic budget cuts. The cuts were never supposed to take effect. In fact, they were designed to be clumsy and damaging enough to prod lawmakers to agree on something better. Which they haven't.

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