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Five Decades Later, Time To Change The Way We Define Poverty?

The U.S. government's official measure of poverty hasn't changed much in 50 years: It's still based on what it took to feed a family in the 1950s. There are new efforts underway to find a more accurate gauge of families in need.
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The (Email) Thread That Tied Up The George Washington Bridge

An email thread released Wednesday is raising more questions about whether lanes were closed on the George Washington Bridge as political payback. The emails indicate that top officials in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration are involved in the closures — motivated more by politics than a traffic study, as originally claimed.
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White House Defends War Policy Against Memoir's Harsh Critique

Press secretary Jay Carney responds to a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying disagreement is a welcome part of a "robust" policymaking process.
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McDonnell To Deliver Last State Of Commonwealth Address

Outgoing Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will address the commonwealth for the last time on Wednesday night.

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Gallup: Record Number Of Americans Identify As Independents

The uptick reflects a trend in recent years toward eschewing party labels. It's a shift that's hurt the GOP more than the Democratic Party.
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Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

The move by the governor's office clouds the legal status of hundreds of same-sex couples who were granted marriage licenses after Utah's ban was overturned on Dec. 20.
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Poverty And Not Knowing Your Neighbor Are Connected, Expert Says

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. Host Michel Martin speaks with Anne Mosle, of the Aspen Institute, about how much has changed since then and if the battle needs a new plan of attack.
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Emails Tie Gov. Christie's Aides To Lane Closings Controversy

The New Jersey governor has said neither he nor his staff were involved in the closing of some key lanes leading onto the George Washington Bridge into New York. Democrats have said the governor's office may have been trying to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., for not supporting Christie's re-election bid.
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The Politics Hour - Jan. 10, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

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NASA Reportedly Gets OK To Keep Space Station Going Until 2024

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the White House has given approval for the extension, which still must be funded by Congress. However, the decision could lead to a budget crunch down the road.

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