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Government Shutdown? 'This Is Democracy In Action'

The debate over the Affordable Care Act has been at the heart of the government shutdown. Host Michel Martin asks two conservative thinkers why they think shutting down the government is a better option than allowing Obamacare to kick in.

Will Settlement Bring Black Farmers Dignity?

After years of discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black farmers are now getting a $1.25 billion settlement. Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd tells host Michel Martin what this settlement means for farmers and their families.

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

A confrontation between motorcyclists and an SUV resulted in a badly injured biker and the SUV driver being beaten. But who's to blame? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Despite Many Warnings, Antibiotics Are Still Overprescribed

Public health officials have been working to reduce use of antibiotics for years. But fresh research shows that antibiotics are still being prescribed where they don't do much good, for ailments like sore throats and bronchitis. Both doctors and patients are to blame for that, experts say.

'This Isn't Some Damn Game!' Boehner Says

As Republicans and Democrats continue to argue, their positions appear to remain fixed. Looking to put pressure on the administration, the House speaker got emotional Friday morning at a news conference. President Obama responded Boehner can end the shutdown quickly.

Vietnamese General Who Led Fight Against U.S., France, Dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, who masterminded the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and the Tet Offensive against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces 14 years later, died Friday at a hospital in Hanoi.

A Grass-Roots Rally To Protect South Carolina's Massive 'Angel Oak'

The storied tree near Charleston, with an expansive canopy and massive, gnarled branches that sweep the ground, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Local conservationists are rushing to raise enough money to buy the land around the centuries-old live oak to protect it from development.

Friday Morning Political Mix

President Obama's Asia trip became a shutdown casualty... the Republican establishment is unhappy with the Tea Party movement whose members probably couldn't care less... the shutdown is causing real damage to the private sector.

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

Though there's no end in sight to the standoff, there are reports that Republican lawmakers are looking for a new way to strike a deal.

Squirrel Steals The Show At Golf Tournament

Golfer Davis Love scooped up the lost baby squirrel at the President's Cup tournament on Thursday, worried he'd get struck. By the end of the day, Sammy's cute face had stolen the spotlight and he was named the unofficial mascot of team USA.