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Don't Expect States To Cooperate

States are now governed pretty much by one party or the other, which nearly as often as not enjoys supermajority status in legislatures, according to a report by the Pew Center on the States. That means individual states will be moving in different direction on everything from abortion to tax policy — and many are likely to resist laws set in Washington.

House Passes GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan; Senate Democrats Offer Their Support

The "No Budget, No Pay" act would withhold lawmakers' pay if they don't pass a new budget by April 15. In exchange, Republicans say, the borrowing limit would be extended into May. That would avoid another battle over raising that borrowing ceiling.

Did Syrian President 'Rejoice' In Obama's Speech?

As President Obama starts his second term, Tell Me More is looking at unfinished business from his first four years in office. The United Nations estimates that 60,000 people have already died in the ongoing Syria conflict. Host Michel Martin discusses the president's foreign policy challenges in that country with Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera International.

How Would Better Mental Health Care Reduce Gun Violence?

President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence includes provisions aimed at shoring up access to mental health care — but is that practical? Host Michel Martin discusses the plan's mental health goals with Michael Fitzpatrick of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Dr. Carl Bell of the University of Illinois.
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O'Malley Tries Again On Offshore Wind In Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is seeing a clearer path for his offshore wind proposal this year than in previous legislative sessions.

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House To Vote On Combination Debt Limit, Budget Mandate Bill

The House is expected to vote today on a bill to push back the debt ceiling fight by three months, but there's a catch. Republicans also want lawmakers to forego their own salaries if they fail to pass an annual budget.

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McDuffie Proposes Mandatory Campaign Finance Training

The D.C. Council member recently put in charge of the city's campaign finance reform efforts is hitting the ground running; he has proposed requiring campaign finance training for all candidates and treasurers before they can take donations.


Obama Wants To Build On Climate Accomplishments

President Obama vowed in this week's inaugural speech to address climate change. The comments recevied a chilly reception in Congress. There are, however, steps the administration can take on its own.

House To Vote On Short-Term Debt Ceiling Extension

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a Republican leadership plan to put off the debt ceiling fight for three months. This marks a new strategy for House Republicans who until recently had pledged not to raise the debt ceiling unless it was matched with an equal amount of spending cuts.