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From Obamacare To Wis. Recall: 2012 Political Headlines

President Obama's re-election wasn't the only noteworthy news of 2012. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Newsweek/Daily Beast correspondent Michael Tomasky about the biggest political stories of 2012.
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2012 Economic News That Didn't Involve Cliff-Plunging

The fiscal cliff has been dominating headlines, but there were other, more uplifting economics stories of 2012. Host Jacki Lyden talks to Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. They take a look back at the biggest economics stories of the year.
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Cautious Optimism For Behind-The-Scenes Fiscal Dealing

The deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" is fast-approaching. The combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes go into effect in just three days. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Jacki Lyden about where congressional leaders are on a deal.
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'Truth By Repetition': The Evolution Of Political Mudslinging

Two former reporters are now making a living digging up dirt on political candidates. They help their clients find obscured truths on their competition — and on themselves. While name-calling isn't new, there are more ways to spread a damaging message. But as this election showed, that message isn't always factually based.
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'Watch Nights,' A New Year's Celebration Of Emancipation

On Dec. 31, 1862, African-Americans and abolitionists waited for word — via telegraph, newspaper or word of mouth — that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. A New Year's Eve tradition marks the anniversary of President Lincoln's actions to end slavery.
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S.C. Town Needs A Mayor, But No One Wants The Job

The New York Times reported this week that the town of Little Mountain, S.C. (Population: 292), is in search of a mayor. Buddy Johnson, the current mayor, is leaving after 16 years. The trouble is, no one seems interested in taking the position.
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Obama: 'The American People Are Watching What We Do Here'

It was hardly the first time the president had been standing at the White House briefing room podium, asking lawmakers to finally, before time runs out, agree to his plan or cut a deal, and spare the world some gratuitous economic pain.
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Congressional Leaders Hopeful As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Nears

Even though the top four congressional leaders left their White House meeting with the president separately and silently Friday, they cast the hourlong encounter in a positive light back at the Capitol.
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New Immigration Battle: Driver's Licenses

Iowa is the latest state to challenge President Obama's immigration policy by denying driver's licenses to young illegal immigrants who receive a temporary reprieve from deportation. Opponents are suing to block such moves, saying they violate federal law.

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