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Bad Bets, Costly Promises Put Detroit On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

The state of Michigan is taking over its largest city's finances. Washington, D.C., attorney Kevyn Orr's job is to reverse a death spiral in Detroit, brought on by an eroding tax base, and years of unwise financial decisions — like promising generous retiree benefits with money that wasn't there, and a pension financing deal that backfired in a big way. Now, massive debt service that threatens the city's ability to provide even a modicum of services.
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Obama Renews Call For Gun Bill As Momentum For Legislation Slows

Anti-gun violence activists declared Thursday a national day of action. Press conferences and rallies were scheduled around the country, and President Obama held an event at the White House.
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If Supreme Court Lets States Define Marriage, Could Legalized Polygamy Make A Comeback?

The Supreme Court may allow states to decide individually on the legality of same-sex marriage. So if Washington were to defer to the states in defining marriage, could legalized polygamy make a comeback? Robert Siegel talks to Jonathan Turley, law professor at The George Washington University and lead counsel for the Brown family, featured on the TLC show Sister Wives.
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Federal Budget Cuts Hamper Waste Cleanup At Washington Nuclear Reservation

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state is set to lose $182 million due to federal budget cuts known as the sequester. The cuts come just after news that six tanks full of radioactive waste are leaking. Those tanks are filled with millions of gallons of the most toxic nuclear waste on Earth and are not far from the Northwest's iconic Columbia River.
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Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor Won't Seek Sixth Term

Tom Menino has been mayor of Boston since 1993 — but on Thursday he announced he will not seek a sixth term. Bruce Gellerman reports on the man who saw the city through the tech bubble, the Big Dig and an economic revival.
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New Jersey Residents Blame Increased Flooding On Superstorm Sandy

Since Hurricane Sandy, local officials in many coastal towns in New Jersey are reporting increased flooding and higher flood waters. They say it is happening both during storms and even just on high tides. But no one's exactly sure why. Meanwhile, costs are piling up; officials say the increased flood events and higher flood waters have already damaged major roadways that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to repair since Sandy.
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Kids May Stay On Disability If Their Parents Rely On The Check

In a continuing exploration of the nation's disability system, Planet Money looks at one of the fastest growing categories of disability recipients: children. The number of children on the program for poor disabled families is five times what it was 25 years ago.

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