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Al-Jazeera Expands Its American Purview With Current TV

The Qatar-based news agency Al-Jazeera recently took over Current TV, the cable channel founded by former Vice President Al Gore. The deal will make Al-Jazeera available in 40 million homes across the U.S. Host Rachel Martin talks with Al-Jazeera's executive producer for the Americas, Bob Wheelock, about what the acquisition means for the agency's future.
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Without Broader Action, Conn. Town Writes Its Own Gun Laws

While both President Obama and Connecticut's governor have called for stricter gun laws, one small town isn't holding its breath. Weston is considering a proposal to restrict assault weapons after the school shootings 20 miles away in Newtown.
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A Lesson In Coaching: Which Football Tactics Work

As the bowl games march on, NPR's Mike Pesca talks with host Rachel Martin about coaching in college football.
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Rebel Republicans Tried To Send Boehner A Message

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner narrowly held onto his leadership post after some in his own party voted against him or abstained.
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Seeing The House Through Freshmen Eyes

The 113th Congress convened last week, and introduced a batch of fresh faces to Washington. Host Rachel Martin speaks with two freshmen members of the House of Representatives, Democrat Ami Bera of California and Republican Rodney Davis of Illinois, about the incoming Congress and what they hope to accomplish.
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A Different Detroit, As A Native Tells It

Author Mark Binelli knows it isn't all great, but he still claims Detroit City Is the Place to Be. His book takes readers from decay to possibility in a new look at a city we thought we already knew so much about.
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Obama's On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Progressives

President Obama handily won re-election, but Congress remains fairly unchanged. Will the status quo prevail during his second term? Or will he follow through on promises that got progressives excited about him in 2008?
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What Happens When The Speaker Isn't Talking?

The framers of the Constitution didn't spell out all the responsibilities of the speaker of the House. In practice, one of those duties has been engaging in one-on-one negotiations with a president on important policy issues. But John Boehner says no more — even with new fiscal fights looming.

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