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What It's Like Living In A Bankrupt City

Before Detroit, the city of Stockton, Calif., suffered the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city's biggest challenge now is convincing voters they need to pay higher taxes before things get worse.

Q&A: How To Do Political Coverage Better In The Twitter Age

Campaign reporters have "become one giant tweeting blob," grouses CNN political reporter Peter Hamby. In a Q&A, Hamby talks with NPR about how Twitter changed campaign coverage — the promise, the pitfalls and what that means for the next election cycle.

Primary Election For NYC Comptroller Heats Up

When disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer jumped into the race for New York City comptroller, no one seemed more surprised than the other Democrat in the race, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. But Stringer didn't back down, and now polls show the primary race is too close to call.

Rural County Wants To Secede From California

Siskiyou County wants to break free of California and its high taxes. It wants to form its own state. Steve Inskeep talks to Michael Kobseff, a member of the county Board of Supervisors that passed a declaration this week to do just that.

Secretary Napolitano Finishes Up At Homeland Security

Friday is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's last day on the job. She is leaving Washington, and will become president of the University of California system at the end of the month.

After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay

Federal lawmakers have been unable to solve a widely acknowledged problem with the formula used to set the pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. Now, after a series of temporary patches, a bipartisan solution may be at hand.

Even In An Obama Stronghold, Voters Saying 'No' On Syria

Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents a district in Maryland that gave the president landslide victories, reports deep resistance among his constituents. He says nearly all of the people contacting his office urge him to vote against U.S. military action.
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The Politics Hour - Sept 6, 2013

D.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Boswer joins the Politics Hour team in the studio.


The Senator Who Dodged The Syria Vote

When it came time to cast the most important vote of his brief Senate career, Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey avoided taking a position. And his vote was all the more puzzling given the circumstances of his election.

Ranking Schools Based On What Matters

President Obama recently proposed a new college ranking system, based on more than test scores. The Washington Monthly has been doing that for years. Host Michel Martin finds out more.