In his first address to the nation since his victory celebration Election Night in Chicago, the president repeated some themes from the campaign: that he wants spending cuts to be balanced with revenue increases. And the wealthiest Americans, he said, must be asked to "pay a little more in taxes."
Election Day has come and gone, but NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that. But the Electoral College split was another story.
If Congress fails to act, some $15 billion will be cut from science funding in January 2013. Physics professor and Beltway insider Michael Lubell talks about how science can escape that "fiscal cliff," and what to expect for climate change, healthcare and space under four more years of President Obama.
With the electorate becoming more diverse, so are the people they're electing to represent them. Host Michel Martin speaks with congresswoman-elect Grace Meng. She's part of the new group of female lawmakers heading to Washington and the first Asian American to represent New York in Congress.
Local prosecutors had earlier said they couldn't pursue charges related to alleged sexual abuse because the statute of limitations had passed. Federal authorities aren't saying why they have also declined to prosecute Bernie Fine. He has always said he's innocent.
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