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Virginia Voter Registration Deadline Nearing

Time is running out for Virginians to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

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To The Debt Limit And Beyond

Will the bottom fall out of the economy on Oct. 17 if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling? New York Times columnist Joe Nocera talks to Weekend Edition Sunday host Scott Simon about what the extended government shutdown and the debt limit could mean for our economy.
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Shutdown's Reach Extends To South Pole

Research season was just getting started when the government shutdown put McMurdo Station into "caretaker" mode, halting data collection. Host Scott Simon speaks to Gretchen Hofmann, a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara, about the government shutdown's impact on research in Antarctica.
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Obamacare Drops Off The Shutdown Script

When the government shutdown was still a just a potential threat, it was all about the Affordable Care Act. Tea Party Republicans said it was their last chance to stop the health law, even if tying a defunding provision to a government spending bill would result in a government shutdown. Now, nearly two weeks in, Republicans have abandoned mention of the law.
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Tea Party Leaders Unwilling To Rebrand

Polls show the Republican Party is taking the biggest hit politically for the government shutdown, and leaders are wondering how to appeal to more diverse voters nationwide. But Tea Party leaders are holding the line on the shutdown, and have no interest in muting their message. Host Scott Simon talks with political correspondent Don Gonyea about the strategy crisis for Republicans.
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D.C. Tourists Shell Out Admission Fees Amid Shutdown

With the Smithsonian museums, the White House and other popular — and free of charge — venues closed, visitors are left scrambling to find other Washington, D.C., sights. Many have added admission fees to private museums to their travel budget.
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Some In Congress Has Behaved Badly From The Start

The shutdown of the U.S. government has sparked lots of finger-pointing and name-calling in Congress. But A.J. Jacobs, editor at large at Esquire Magazine, tells host Scott Simon that this is hardly the nastiest dispute in the history of our democracy.
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D.C. To IMF: 'Welcome To Crazy Town'

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding their annual meeting this week. That means top finance officials and economists from all over the world are in Washington, D.C., during a display of brinksmanship from members of Congress.
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Would The U.S. Be Better Off With A Parliament?

The extreme paralysis that has become the norm in Washington is almost never seen in Western European democracies. Political scientists say there are lessons the U.S. can take from Europe.
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Shutdown Diary: More Talk But No Deal

President Obama and Senate Republicans met at the White House on Friday, Day 11 of the partial government shutdown, but there was no breakthrough to reopen the government and keep the country from defaulting on its debts.

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