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In Second Term, Obama Has New Opportunity

Host Scott Simon talks with John Podesta about the transition from the first Obama administration to the next. Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama's 2008 transition team. Podesta, who currently chairs the Center for American Progress, says first terms always emphasize big building blocks of legislation, whereas second terms focus on implementing good management.

A Stunning Fall For CIA's Celebrated Petraeus

CIA director David Petraeus has resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair. Host Scott Simon talks to NPR's Tom Bowman about this latest development in the former general's storied career.

Political Sparring Ahead Of Fiscal Cliff

Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera about the efforts to overhaul America's tax system and prospects for reaching a compromise before the end of the year, when automatic tax hikes and spending cuts are set to go into effect.

Amidst War, U.S. Soldier Forges Unexpected Bond

Spc. Justin Cliburn was in his 20s when he served in Baghdad, training Iraqi police. During his deployment, he made a friends with a teenager that he says "made every day something I looked forward to." But even their friendship could not escape the reality of violence.

Taxing Work Ahead: Have Negotiating Tables Turned?

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner both made their opening bids on how to deal with tax, spending and debt problems Friday. Their proposals sound strikingly familiar, but Obama says this time he has proof that "the majority of Americans agree with my approach."

What An All-Female Delegation Says About N.H.

The state has a history of electing women. This year's "first" follows a pattern, which the elected female politicians say speaks to New Hampshire's "ability to make decisions regardless of gender."

Supreme Court To Review Voting Rights Act

The court said it would look at a key provision that requires certain jurisdictions with a history of discrimination to get approval before changing any election procedures. For decades, the law has been the government's main tool for fighting discrimination at the polls.