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Federal Workers Keep Eye On Looming Fiscal Cliff

Federal lawmakers and the White House are looking for solutions to the problem of the looming fiscal cliff. Meanwhile, many federal workers are worried about their future. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Joe Davidson, the Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, about potential consequences for the federal workforce.
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Will San Francisco Tell Its Nudists To Cover Up?

Some men in the Castro District have for years liked to go without (clothes, that is) in public. One of the city's supervisors says he's been getting many complaints. Last year, he got a law passed requiring that the naked guys have towels ready to put down on benches. Now, he's looking to do more.
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Both Sides Itching For A Confirmation Fight Over Susan Rice

The election is over. Or is it? Both sides look ready to start fighting again should President Obama nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
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BCS Football Standings: Notre Dame Is No. 1

It's been 24 years since Notre Dame won college football's national championship. After a wild weekend of upsets, the Fighting Irish are in prime position to battle for the title again.
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Sandy Stirs Up Superfund Site In New Jersey

As Northeast states take measure of the destruction brought by Hurricane Sandy, there's a new concern. New York and New Jersey have dozens of Superfund sites close to the shore. Some of these toxic zones were flooded by Sandy's storm surge. There are worries in Newark that toxic chemicals may have been swept into some people's home.
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Maritial Fidelity Is A Sensitive Topic For Military

Should military members be held to a higher standard than civilian spouses? The topic has taken center stage following the resignation of General David Petraeus after his affair came to light.
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California Learns From Hurricane Sandy In Northeast

The damage from Sandy has cities across the country looking at their own disaster plans. Eight California state, city and county-level emergency managers deployed to help the recovery. They came back thinking about the basic logistical problems of hosting mutual aid officials from other parts of the country.
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Formula 1's U.S. Fan Base 'Understated,' Andretti Says

Formula One is immensely popular throughout much of the world, but it has failed to find a big audience in the U.S. It's been dwarfed by the homegrown culture of NASCAR and Indy racing. Mario Andretti, who won the Formula One championship in 1978, wants to change that. The racing legend talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest attempt to increase the Formula One fan base.
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In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Higher Taxes Vs. Closing Loopholes

The White House and Congress continue to work on a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff and cuts deficits in the long run. President Obama wants to raise tax rates for the wealthy. Republicans want to raise revenue by closing loopholes and limiting deductions for high-income people. But could that raise enough money?

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