In the wake of the Newtown shooting, a coalition of atheists have come together to provide some relief. Atheists Giving Aid is raising money for funeral costs and counseling services for Sandy Hook victims.
House Speaker John Boehner sent his colleagues home for the holidays after failing to pass a proposed solution to the year-end tax hikes that he called "Plan B." Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about Boehner's status as a leader within the GOP. They also discuss the defiant tone of the NRA press conference Friday.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with the secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union. Elesio Medina says in 2013 his group and other Latino organizations will keep a scorecard on how members of Congress vote on immigration reform.
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks to Kyle Smith of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation about the exhumation this week of the bodies of the killers who were the subject of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Authorities in Florida are hoping to tie them to a cold case crime there with DNA evidence.
With Christmas on Tuesday this year, stores may be jam-packed this weekend. Those busy stores are also going to be on the lookout for shoplifters, especially at self-checkout machines, where it is a big problem.
After initially remaining silent about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the NRA called for placing armed guards at all of the nation's schools. Critics said the remarks were tone-deaf and not a way for the group to be a constructive part of the debate about gun violence.
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