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At Urban Summit, A Feeling Of 'The Feds Can't, But We Can'

Passing mentions of the U.S. government during this week's international CityLab gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City sent knowing chuckles rolling through the audience.
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Bluff, Bluster And Negotiation: Solving Political Stalemates

Recent negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats can look like a reckless game of chicken, with both parties speeding toward a cliff and neither willing to give in. But as the deadline for Congress to raise the nation's debt ceiling draws closer, the two parties are signaling that they're willing to find a solution to the stalemate that has shutdown the Capitol. Kojo explores the science and strategy behind high-stakes negotiations and asks whether it is possible for a highly polarized Congress to find common ground.

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In Mississippi, Bankruptcy Follows Broken Legs

According to a recent study, more than half of the Mississippians who file for bankruptcy do so because they cannot pay their medical bills. Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell tells host Michel Martin what's causing such devastating costs.
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Is 'Hip-Hop' Mayor's Sentence About Politics Or Justice?

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.
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Analysis: Amid Shutdown, D.C. Leaders Pressuring Congress For Budget Autonomy

Since the shutdown began, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has been using a special reserve to keep the city running, but the reserves will soon run out. David Hawkings talks about Gray's efforts to get D.C. to spend its locally raised funds.

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Tech Week That Was: Health Site Stumbling, Twitter's Roots

The back story on Twitter's founding is profiled as the social giant prepares for its public stock offering; the site to help consumers buy health insurance gets more scrutiny; and NPR goes to the quiet zone — all in this week's tech roundup.
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Trickle-Down Stories: How The Shutdown Feels Across America

Most Americans say they aren't directly affected by the shutdown. But some pockets of society are being severely hit. Here are individual stories from across the country.
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Trucker Protest Takes To Capital Beltway

The group 'Truckers for the Constitution' has resolved to drive to the Capital Beltway in protest of the federal government. It's still too early to say what effects the event could have on traffic in the region, but people are paying attention on social media.

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Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize; Movement (Maybe) On Shutdown

Also: Syria's rebels accused of killing civilians; and Utah finds a way to reopen its national parks.
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Friday Morning Political Mix

President Obama and House Republicans get their fiscal discussions rolling... A devastating new poll concentrates Republican minds... Senate Republicans work with their Democratic colleagues on a potential solution.

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