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Online Courses Keep Grades Up, Athletes In Play

Host Scott Simon speaks to Brad Wolverton from the The Chronicle of Higher Education about his recent profile of Western Oklahoma State College. The school's online courses are popular with NCAA student athletes at risk of losing their eligibility to participate in sports.
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Sandy Reveals Long Island Utility's 'Boondoggle' Past

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy, nowhere has the wait to restore power been longer than on Long Island. Utility mismanagement has deep roots there, where consumers are still paying for abuses that started more than 50 years ago.
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Solving Fiscal Cliff Math Might Come Down To Two

President Obama started the first round of talks Friday about how to avoid fiscal calamity. He has been pushing to end Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, a plan strongly opposed by some House Republicans. But in the end, a deal with the House may come down to Speaker John Boehner and the president.
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After Benghazi Hearings, Flurry Of Concern Unsettled

President Obama's critics say the September attack in Libya and the official response reflect poorly on his administration. While they focused on TV comments by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, David Petraeus' resignation from the CIA complicated the debate. Some — but not all — questions were answered in closed hearings this week.
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A Sequester Is A 'Jelly-Like Mass,' And Other Notes On Fiscal-Cliff Jargon

Here's a quick overview of three of the most impenetrable terms related to the fiscal cliff.
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Secretary Of State Speculation Turns Up Heat On Rice

President Obama hasn't even named his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who plans to step down at the end of this term. But there's already been a lot of heated rhetoric this week over one of the front-runners, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.
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Obama And Lawmakers' Confidence About Avoiding Cliff Isn't Universal

Fiscal experts at a Washington forum didn't agree on whether the "fiscal cliff" could be avoided. But they generally agreed that there wasn't enough time before the end of the year to resolve all the complex tax and spending issues that needed to be dealt with.
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It's All Politics, Nov. 16, 2012

The week after Election Day is full of surprises, with news of scandal enveloping top Gens. David Petraeus and John Allen. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney reflects on his loss and what he calls Obama's "gifts" to the electorate, while the president pledges not to overreach in his second term.
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Seaside After Sandy: Is Rebuilding Worth It?

Residents of Seaside Heights, N.J., are coming home to survey the damage from Hurricane Sandy and make decisions about what to do next. The decision to rebuild isn't always straightforward. For many, it's as much emotional as it is financial.

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