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Obama Says He Can't Force A Budget Deal: 'I'm Not A Dictator'

Congress failed to reach an agreement on the spending cuts known as the sequester — and now they are out of time. On Friday morning, Congressional leaders from both parties met at the White House. Afterward, House Speaker John Boehner made it clear that Republicans won't budge on taxes.
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Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future

It's a brave new energy world, with two major opponents: natural gas and coal. As prices fluctuate and renewables, such as wind and solar, fight for a share of energy generation, there's heated competition for access to your wall socket.
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Sequester: The Movie

On Sequester Day in Washington, lots of Twitter users invoked a favorite movie line to express their views on the automatic spending cuts. Some criticized the federal government; others just poked fun.
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Jedi? Vulcan? Mind Meld? Mind Trick? What Was Obama Thinking?

He can't do a "Jedi mind meld" with Republicans, Obama said. To which fans of Star Trek and Star Wars immediately said he was mixing metaphors.
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5 Dates To Watch In Budget Showdown

Friday's deadline for President Obama to issue a sequestration order is neither the beginning nor the end of this year's budget battles in Washington. Here are five key moments over the next seven months, and what's at stake in each.
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Weighing The Future Of The Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week on the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. It's been called the most effective civil rights law in U.S. history, but plaintiffs say it's time to throw out some key provisions. Host Michel Martin speaks with law professor Spencer Overton and the Heritage Foundation's Hans Von Spakovsky.
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No Cyanide Detected In Chicago Lottery Winner's Remains

Urooj Khan died last July, just one day after his $425,000 check from the Illinois lottery was cut. It wasn't until much later that it was determined there had been a lethal amount of cyanide in his blood. His remains, though, are too decomposed to detect any remaining poison.
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Mapping The Effects Of The Sequester On Science

On Friday March 1, automatic cuts known as the 'sequester' go into effect across the federal budget. Michael Lubell of the American Physical Society discusses what scientific programs will likely be affected, in fields from medical research to renewable energy development.
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Talking Science With The House Committee Chair

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, discusses the nation's top science priorities, including the importance of research on how to protect Earth from dangerous asteroids. But in a tight budgetary climate, who will pay?

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