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My Governor Can Beat Up Your Governor (Or Thinks He Can)

Increasingly, governors are criticizing each other's stances on taxes, guns and pensions, as well as working to lure businesses from other states. They used to defer more to each other. But like members of Congress, governors are having a harder time finding common ground.
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House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay

House Republicans late Saturday prepared to pass a government funding bill that would include a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare. But the White House said President Obama would veto the House measure, on the unlikely chance it made it through the Senate.
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Women's Health Groups Sue Texas Over Its New Abortion Law

Approved in a contentious process this summer, the Texas bill is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 29. Opponents say it would close more than a third of the clinics that provide abortions in the state.
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JPMorgan In Talks To Avoid Criminal Charges

The financial giant is also facing civil charges and fines that could cost it $11 billion. JPMorgan is negotiating with the Justice Department over the company's handling of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the housing crisis. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the significance of the talks.
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BP Oil Spill Trial To Begin Second Phase

The months-long federal trial is examining how much fault should be placed on BP and its contractors for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The accident killed 11 rig workers and released almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Debbie Elliott to preview the civil trial.
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Obama-Rouhani Phone Conversation Is A 30-Year First

President Obama spoke via phone Friday with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, the first time leaders of the two countries have directly communicated since 1979. Host Scott Simon talks with Iran analyst Karim Sadjadpour about what it means for U.S.-Iran relations going forward.
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Pirate Treasure May Lie In Waters Off Cape Cod

Explorer Barry Clifford has spent decades exploring the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah off the coast of Cape Cod. This summer, he and his team learned there may be far more treasure waiting. Clifford joins host Scott Simon to describe what they found.
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Birch For Breakfast? Meet Maple Syrup's Long-Lost Cousins

Want to top your pancakes with something other than maple? The alternatives vary, depending on the types of trees in a region. There's Kahiltna birch syrup made in Alaska, blue spruce pine syrup from Utah and Georgian black walnut syrup.
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With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP

The Senate passed a bill Friday to keep the government open without stripping any funding from the president's health care law. Now the action returns to the House, where Republicans are tying the measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act.
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In Washington's Fiscal Tango, Obama's Lacking A Dance Partner

The division in the Republican Party means there's no one leader on the other side that President Obama can cut a deal with — or even high-profile adversary to vilify. That's a stark contrast from other recent fiscal standoffs.

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