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If The Government Shuts Down, You May Not Notice (At First)

Despite the doom and gloom, there would likely be limited economic impact from a government shutdown — at least initially. People who can't go to a national park just go to a movie instead. And in the last shutdown, in the 1990s, furloughed park rangers eventually collected retroactive pay.
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The Politics Hour - September 27, 2013

D.C. Council Member David Catania (I - At Large) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.

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Politics And The Budget Precipice

For the third time this year, lawmakers are dragging the nation perilously close to a "fiscal cliff." Congress must pass a budget by Oct.1 or risk a government shutdown.

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Senate Takes Next Step Toward Shutdown Showdown

After a dramatic night, senators voted unanimously to move ahead. Democrats control the Senate. They plan to strip a House bill of a provision that defunds Obamcare. The Senate would then send the bill back to the House, setting up another cliff-hanger that could end with a government shutdown.
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David Dinkins: Leading New York Is The 'Greatest Job There Is'

Dinkins served as New York City's first African-American mayor, but his rise through the political ranks came with hard lessons. He chronicles that period, and his political journey, in his new book, A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic.
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First Votes Counted In Two Races To Watch

They didn't receive much national attention, but two elections worth watching took place Tuesday: a House special election primary in southwest Alabama and a mayoral primary in Boston.
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Wednesday Morning Political Mix — Sept. 25, 2013

Some of the morning's most interesting political items included Sen. Ted Cruz's anti-Obamacare Senate talkathon... another Republican calling him a "fraud"... and congressional Democrats viewing the GOP shutdown threat as an opportunity for Democratic political gains.
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The U.S. And Israel Divide Over Containing Iran's Nuclear Program

Israel's prime minister lobbied hard against proposals offered by Western diplomats over Iran’s nuclear program. Disagreement between the U.S. and Israel over concessions from Iran and next steps in the diplomatic process.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Michael Hirsh of National Journal, Paul Danahar of BBC amd Hisham Melham of Al-Arabiya join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including: the international debut of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N., key Syrian rebel groups join forces with an al-Qaida affiliate and the attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post, Todd Purdum of Politico and Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories, including: a new House plan to avert a government shutdown, Treasury's warning that the debt ceiling limit will be reached by Oct. 17 and prices are set for the new federally-run health care marketplaces.

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