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What Changes When Women Lead

When the 113th Congress convenes in January, it will include more women than ever before: 81 female members of the House, and 20 female senators. Wilson Center director, president and CEO Jane Harman discusses how female leadership influences politics and the workplace.
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Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

A North American quinoa boom may be just over the horizon, plant breeders say, as the Rocky Mountains, much of Canada, and the Pacific Northwest all have potential as production regions. Right now, almost all of the world's supply of the ancient superfood comes from a few suitable growing places in South America.
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Will Payroll Tax Cut Survive Fiscal Talks?

The Bush-era tax cuts are taking center stage on discussions about deficit reduction. But the payroll tax holiday is also at risk, which could cost the typical family $1,000 a year. Host Michel Martin talks with The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy about the fiscal cliff and how the outcome could affect consumers.
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Former President George H.W. Bush In Hospital

Bush, 88, was admitted the day after Thanksgiving. He's being treated for bronchitis and could be released this weekend, a spokeswoman says. "This is not a life-threatening illness," she adds.
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Trayvon Martin Update: Zimmerman's Defense Fund Is Offering His Autograph

Saying that the man charged with second-degree murder in the Florida teenager's death needs money, his website now says that donors will get a personally signed thank you card.
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Key To E. Coli-Free Spinach May Be An Ultrasonic Spa Treatment

A new way to clean spinach combines an old technique and a new one to get the disease-causing bacteria. But there aren't any commercial orders for the ultrasonic spinach spa just yet.
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Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In Arizona And Missouri; Who Bought Them?

Whoever bought the winning tickets will be splitting a $580 million jackpot, the second-largest in U.S. lottery history. Now, the wait is on to see who steps forward.
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A Huge Pay Cut For Doctors Is Hiding In The Fiscal Cliff

On Jan. 1, Medicare is set to cut payments to doctors by nearly 30 percent. Lawmakers of both parties want to prevent this. So why is it imminent?
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Rice's Efforts To Win Over Critics Fall Flat

She hasn't even been nominated yet to become the next secretary of state, but Susan Rice, the Obama administration's ambassador to the U.N., has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill to try to drum up support. She's under fire from leading Republicans for the way she described the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and many of the Republicans she's been meeting have come away unimpressed by her explanations.
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Indiana's GOP Leaders Cautious Amid Supermajorities

The Indiana GOP now has a stranglehold on state government, with supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly and conservative Republican Mike Pence headed to the governor's mansion. But Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship as they handle unchecked legislative power for the next two years. Will they be able to resist the urge to shove through their agenda?

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