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.
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.
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."
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.
Post-election Washington is buzzing with talk of compromise and cooperation. Republicans and Democrats want to avoid a looming budget and economic disaster, and their leaders say they're ready to get to work. But some budget experts say it may be necessary to go over the fiscal cliff to reach an agreement.
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