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Bipartisan Farm Bill Spells Savings And Changes To Subsidies

After more than two years of negotiations, lawmakers from the Senate and the House have agreed on a new, bipartisan farm bill. The five-year, $500 billion deal would reduce spending by approximately $23 billion, with much of those savings coming from cuts to the federal food stamps program. The House is expected to vote on the deal on Wednesday. Robert Siegel discusses details of the bill with reporter Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News.
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Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.
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Oil Boom: See A Modern-Day Gold Rush In Motion

One of the nation's most remote places is now awash in oil money. In the heart of the boom, once-quiet farm towns are now wedged between semitrucks and dotted with "man camps." We sent a photographer to North Dakota to capture not just what it looks like but how it feels.
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House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

The $100 billion-a-year measure included cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved farm subsidies. The five-year bill now heads to the Senate.
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Yoga May Help Overcome Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Cancer patients and survivors are told to exercise, but the disease and treatments can leave them with overwhelming fatigue. Yoga may be a gentle way to get moving, a study reports, with breast cancer survivors who did yoga saying they had less fatigue than women who did not.
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Northwestern Football Players Want To Unionize: Is That OK?

The players say they work hard and bring in millions of dollars for their school. They want the right to bargain collectively. The NCAA says that would "undermine the purpose of college: an education." Who is right?
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VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., didn't like a reporter's question. With the camera still rolling, he said he would throw the journalist "off this [expletive] balcony." Also, said Grimm, "I'll break you in half."
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Republican Rep. Schweikert: Obama Didn't Hit A Crescendo

The Arizona Congressman sat in the House chamber Tuesday night and listened to President Obama address the nation. He tells Steve Inskeep this year's address sounded a lot like last year's speech.
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Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.
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'Rush Hour From Hell' Drags On In Icy Southern Cities

In Atlanta, Birmingham and other places, people who got on the roads Tuesday afternoon still weren't home Wednesday. At many schools, students and teachers slept overnight on wrestling mats and classroom carpets. Forecasters got it wrong — the storm hit further north than they expected.

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