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Congress Heads Back To Debt Talks, Immigration

Lawmakers return to Congress on Monday, following a week's hiatus. Host Rachel Martin checks in with NPR congressional correspondent David Welna about what's on their agenda for the upcoming session. Internet sales tax, paying creditors, immigration, Benghazi hearing, Syria, Guantanamo

Democrats Have High Hopes Of Defeating Sanford In S.C.

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District hasn't elected a Democrat since 1978. But in a race against scandal-ridden former Gov. Mark Sanford, Democrats think their candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, has a chance to pull it off in Tuesday's special election.
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House Republicans Preparing Backup Plan For Debt Ceiling

The suspension to raise the debt ceiling expires May 19, and House Republicans are preparing a backup plan in case Congress fails to meet the deadline.


Reality Check: Strapped States Cutting Unemployment Benefits

During the recession, states have run up a $30 billion debt to Washington because they haven't had enough funds to cover unemployment checks. Now they're cutting benefits at the same time federal payments are being reduced because of the sequester.

By Coming Out, Has Jason Collins Changed The Game?

A lot of people have called basketball player Jason Collins a hero for coming out as the first openly gay male athlete in a major American sport. But the Barbershop guys ask if it's heroism or hype.

The Changing Face Of The Working Poor

The latest employment figures are out and they show gains in hiring. The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy joins host Michel Martin to talk about the report, and the millions of working Americans who still fall below the poverty line.
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Analysis: FBI Investigates Political Donations To McDonnell Family, O'Malley Receives Criticism In Jail Indictments

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest details behind the investigation in Gov. Bob McDonnell's relationship to an Virginia businessman.