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With Democrats' Help, House Votes Against Obamacare

President Obama offered a fix to the health care law this week to make good on his promises to let people who like their plans keep them. And the House passed a bill Friday that goes further — with 39 Democrats on board.
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How Obama Changed His Health Care Law

There's been a lot of maneuvering this week between the Obama administration and Congress over the Affordable Care Act. NPR's Julie Rovner joins guest host Don Gonyea with the play-by-play, and discusses what's next in the ongoing Obamacare saga.
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2016 Polling Comes Too Soon For This Political Reporter

A recent email sent to Don Gonyea announced that Chris Christie trails Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 race for the presidency. As a political reporter for NPR, Gonyea loves the campaign trail. But this early in the game, he wonders if there aren't more important things to talk about.
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GOP Candidates Split Over Obamacare In Louisiana Race

There's little difference between state Sen. Neil Riser and businessman Vance McAllister on the major issues. But the two Republicans vying to replace former GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander in Louisiana have a notable difference of opinion on Obamacare.
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Obama And Health Insurers Eye Each Other Warily

When President Obama decided that private health insurers would play a major role in the health care overhaul, he linked the success of his signature domestic policy initiative to the same industry that tried at first to keep the Affordable Care Act from happening.
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It's A Conspiracy: What Theories Tell Us About Society And Ourselves

From the Salem witch trials to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we consider the history and current state of conspiracies, and ask what the anxieties they reflect tell us about ourselves.

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Norton Proposes Bill To Get Back Pay For Federal Contractors

D.C.'s Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a bill to get back pay for some federal contractors impacted by the shutdown.

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House Approves 'Keep Your Health Plan' Bill

On Thursday, President Obama offered a fix to the Affordable Care Act to deal with his promise that if you like your health plan, you can keep it. On Friday, the House passed a bill, 261-157, that would go further. It would give insurance companies the option of continuing all their existing plans for a year. This, and a related bill in the Senate, are garnering support among some worried Democrats.
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What Makes A Health Plan Obamacare-Compliant?

Many people have been notified by their insurers that their health plans are being cancelled to meet benchmarks in the Affordable Care Act requiring coverage of a broader range of treatments. Robert Siegel talks to Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, about what makes insurance plans non-compliant with the health law's new standards.
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Is Running Your Car On Rubbish The Future Of Fuels?

The EPA proposed a new standard on Friday for how much biofuel must be mixed into the nation's gasoline. The portion of vehicle fuel that comes from plants has increased dramatically over recent years to about 10 percent. But most of it comes from corn. Congress hoped that, by now, a billion gallons would be coming from advanced biofuels, which have much smaller greenhouse gas footprints. That hasn't happened. But the nascent cellulosic fuel industry says don't count it out. Several plants are on the verge of opening and more will be on the way.

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