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Challenges Stacked For Obama's Second Term

Some of the priorities of President Obama's next four years in office are already taking shape, and the challenges are becoming more apparent. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about what's on the horizon for Obama's second term.
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Leading In Crisis: Lessons From Lyndon Johnson

Host Rachel Martin talks with historian Robert Caro, who has studied the use of power and how presidents leverage power in crisis. He draws some comparisons between his famous subject, Lyndon B. Johnson, and President Obama's second-term challenges.
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Senate Win In Wis. A 'Turning Point' For Gay Rights

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate. But advocates say the fact her sexual orientation wasn't part of the campaign is the real signal of change.
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Veterans Deploy To Northeast After Superstorm Sandy

The military veterans who have been cleaning up and rebuilding in New York and New Jersey say that volunteering helps them as much as it supports the local residents. They say getting back into a chaotic environment with a clear and worthwhile mission helps with the transition to civilian life.
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How The Fiscal Cliff Would Hit The Economy

From higher payroll taxes to automatic cuts in military spending, the looming budget crisis could drag the economy back into recession and create turmoil in the financial markets, economists say. To better understand what's at stake, have a look at some of the key phrases involved in the crisis.
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Will Fact Checks Always Be Ignored By Politicians?

As a stream of falsehoods and half-truths fell during the 2012 campaign, a swarm of fact checkers hustled to catch them. Fact checking hasn't stopped deception, but could it be more effective in interrupting politicians' narratives?
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Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It

The retired four-star general was on a fast track from an early age. David Petraeus was a West Point graduate with a doctoral degree from Princeton, who made a national name for himself by helping the Army rethink how it fights wars. Petraeus resigned as CIA director Friday, citing an extramarital affair.
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Republicans Scramble To Repair Breach With Hispanics

The election thumping Republicans got Tuesday at the hands of Latino voters was severe. To formulate a fix for what went wrong, the party will need help from influential Republicans like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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