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When It Comes To Entitlements, Obama Feels Heat From Left And Right

Despite his re-election and bolstered Democratic numbers in Congress, President Obama has far from a free hand to make a comprehensive deal with House Speaker John Boehner that would include cuts to entitlement programs. Strong resistance to that notion is coming from the political left — and with a warning.
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Coping With The Fiscal Cliff, Using Haiku

The "fiscal cliff" is serious business, with a potential for serious economic consequences in the D.C. area. Reporter Elahi Izadi tapped into people's frustrations on Twitter with a call for fiscal cliff haiku. WAMU staff members also gave it a shot.

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Violence Against Women Act Still In Limbo

Besides the congressional budget, lawmakers are also at an impasse when it comes to the Violence Against Women Act. Host Michel Martin talks with the beauty shop ladies about whether the bill should expand protections for gay people, immigrants and Native Americans.
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Fiscal Cliff: Why Not Cut Entitlements?

The debate over the congressional budget has both political parties putting previously 'untouchable' policies on the table for negotiation. As part of Tell Me More's 'Why Not?' series, host Michel Martin and NPR correspondents Julie Rovner and John Ydstie take a closer look at entitlement spending, like Social Security and Medicare.
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The Parking Wars Of 2012

We chat with the parking manager of D.C's transportation department about the ideas behind the city's plans, and what they mean for future of D.C. neighborhoods.

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Financial Planning In Uncertain Times

Three-quarters of Americans have saved just $25,000 for retirement. And nearly half of us now live paycheck-to-paycheck, making it more difficult to save. Diane and a panel of experts discuss planning for your financial future in uncertain times.

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Sentencing Date Not Set For Former Gray Campaign Aide

A judge has agreed to put off setting a sentencing date for Thomas Gore, the former campaign aide for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, citing his cooperation in an on-going investigation.

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Virginia Gov. Wants To Remove Early Sales Tax Payments

Virginia businesses may get a break from paying up-front sales tax if the legislature passes a provision from Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed budget. 

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Despite Protests, Michigan Is A Right-To-Work State

Michigan is now the nation's 24th right-to-work state, where unions cannot automatically collect dues or fees from workers. The governor signed the law just hours after it was approved by the state's legislature in a day marked by protests.

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