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Cutting SNAP Benefits Not A Snap Decision

The holidays are coming up, and that often means decadent family feasts. But things might be especially sparse for people who rely on food stamps. The Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP, is being scaled back. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution about the possible effect.
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Syrian Humanitarian Crisis As Bad As Rwanda?

The U.S. says the Syrian humanitarian crisis is spiraling out of control. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.
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Jury Nullification: Acquitting Based On Principle

A new billboard in D.C. is asking jurors to forget about the law, and go with their gut when it comes to acquitting defendants. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with two former federal prosecutors about the pros and cons of jury nullification.
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Pop In A Cassette And Celebrate? Chrysler's Minivans Are 30

The vehicle that arguably saved a car company and became a cultural icon first rolled off an assembly line in November 1983. NPR.org readers shared stories and photos. Check out their memories.
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Monday Political Mix: A Congressman Comes Out

The Senate is scheduled to take a key vote on a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity... a congressman running to be Maine's governor comes out... Romney accuses Obama of dishonesty.
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Something Fishy Is Going On In Michigan

A 29 pound carp is campaigning as a write-in candidate for the City Council in Ann Arbor. The fish tweets: "since I have no actual feet, I don't have to stand for anything."
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Sen. Rand Paul Responds To Plagiarism Accusation

Senator Rand Paul is not happy to be accused of plagiarism, and he dismissed the claims. He told ABC if dueling were legal, he might challenge one of his critics.
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LAX Shooting Prompts Calls For Security Overhaul

Last week's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is leading to calls for a broad re-examination of TSA security policies, and coordination with local law enforcement at the country's busiest airports. Paul Ciancia, 23, faces charges of murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport.
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Va. Governor's Race May Be Proxy For Broader National Debate

The partial government shutdown could deliver its first political victim in Tuesday's elections. Republican Ken Cuccinelli is trailing in the Virginia governor's race. Opponents have tried to tar Cuccinelli with the shutdown and other unpopular Tea Party policies. Cuccinelli is linking Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe to the troubled rollout of Obamacare.
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Rep. Shuster To Face Tea Party Challenger Next Year

Republican Congressman Bill Shuster was among the 87 House Republicans who voted to end the government shut down. That's just one reason the veteran House member will face a Tea Party primary challenger next year. Shuster has huge advantages in money and name recognition but incumbent Republicans can't take anything for granted.

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