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Analysis: Bob McDonnell's Indictment A Fall From Grace For Former Governor

Before former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell became embroiled in the scandal for which he was recently indicted, his political future was as bright as could be. Alex Roarty with the National Journal and Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington break it down.

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English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes'

Puerto Ricans are less likely to speak Spanish at home, compared with other Latinos living in the U.S. According to an NPR poll, only 20 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home — less than half the percentage for respondents overall.
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Obama Proposes NSA Changes, Signs Budget

President Obama over the weekend signed the 1,600-page spending bill to keep the government operating. The signing ceremony came after his speech on Friday, in which he outlined changes for the way the National Security Agency collects intelligence.
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N.J. Lawmakers To Subpoena Christie Aides In Bridge Scandal

The New Jersey state legislature on Monday is expected to issue subpoenas to former aides of Governor Chris Christie in the case surrounding the George Washington bridge road closures last fall. Will "Bridgegate" play a role in whether Christie runs for the Republican presidential nomination?
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Latest Round Of Budget Battles To Begin On Capitol Hill

Unemployment insurance is at the top of the list for President Obama as Congress returns to Washington, but the big budget battles still loom.
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As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

Since June, we've been "live-tweeting" moments from 1963 as if they were happening today. That includes "replays" of the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and President Kennedy's assassination.
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New Law Opens Birth Certificates, Sparks Questions

A new law lets adopted people in Ohio see their original birth certificates — but opponents say it comes at a cost to the birth parents. Guest host Celeste Headlee takes on the topic with law professor Carol Sanger, birth mother Jodi Hodges, and advocates Adam Pertman and Betsie Norris.
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Diplomat's Arrest Causes US-India Strain

Since the recent arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, US-Indian relations have been strained. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian-Americans Leading Together and Sandip Roy, Culture Editor for the Indian news site FirstPost.com.
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Healthcare Rollout Mixed On Deadline Day

Another deadline for the Affordable Care Act has been pushed back. Guest Host Celeste Headlee speaks to Kaiser Health News reporter Mary Agnes Carey and Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff and what the decision means and how the healthcare rollout is going across the country.
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Washington Holidays Begin With An Air of Bipartisanship

President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii and Congress is in recess until early next year. As members left town, it was in a less contentious mood than in the last several years. But next year brings challenges that are likely to test whatever good will is now in the air.

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