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As Partial Shutdown Begins, A Bigger Fight Looms

A default on federal obligations could have global effects. Federal borrowing authority expires in the middle of this month. House Republicans have said they will not extend the debt ceiling unless President Obama accepts a long list of their agenda items. Steve Inskeep talks to the president about the deadline to raise the debt ceiling.
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Study: Fast Food Has Gotten A Bit Slower

It may be fast food, but it's taking longer than ever in the drive-through lane. A study conducted by an industry trade magazine finds the major chains are offering more complicated menu items that take longer to assemble and are tougher to get right.
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Examining The Psychology Of Sports Fans

Some sports fans' lives depend on how well their teams are doing. In one theory, sports allow us to deeply identify with the athletes so it feels like we are playing the game.
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After Years Of Political Talk, The Obamacare Fight Gets Real

The partisan battle over the health care overhaul stretches back nearly five years. The Affordable Care Act has survived more than 50 votes in Congress and a Supreme Court challenge. But now that the exchanges are open for business, the debate is moving from plans and policy to actual results.
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Lessons For The Obamacare Rollout, Courtesy Of Massachusetts

Seven years ago, Massachusetts launched its own experiment with health insurance exchanges. Those involved in that experiment say it's gone smoothly, and as a result, 97 percent of the state's residents now have health coverage. Some called the program Romneycare; some still do.
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Shutdown Begins After Congress Fails In Spending Compromise

Congress went down to the wire Monday night but still failed to compromise on a spending bill, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
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Countdown To Shutdown: A Closure Appears Inevitable

Only hours before a partial shutdown of the federal government would take effect, House Republicans still hadn't arrived at a temporary spending bill that Senate Democrats were willing to approve to keep government workers on the job.
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The Shutdown: A Guide To What Would And Wouldn't Close

How would government agencies and services be affected if lawmakers don't reach a budget deal by midnight? We've put together a quick breakdown.
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FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics

An expert advisory committee recommended Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration allow the use of some personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing. But while many passengers are eager to use their tablets and music players all flight long, it may be months before any rules are changed.
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A Doctor's 9 Predictions About The 'Obamacare Era'

The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury. Those who want a personal physician will have to pay extra for that service. Doctors who chafe at working for big organizations will opt out and charge patients retainer fees.

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