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Head Of Embattled ATF Says Running Bureau 'Testing All Of My Skill Sets'

Nearly a year ago, Justice Department leaders turned to B. Todd Jones to solve one of their most urgent problems: a crisis at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In a rare interview with NPR, Jones discusses the unique challenges of his job.
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Debate Over Automatic Spending Cuts (Rebroadcast)

The White House says it's preparing federal agencies for possible year-end mandated spending cuts. Debate over how sequestration could affect the government, military and economy.

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Lawmakers Hope Appointment Process Gets Streamlined

Lawmakers quietly approved legislation that removes the Senate confirmation requirement for around 170 executive branch officials which had been tied up in a hyper-partisan stalemate.

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Rising Home Prices In The U.S.

For the first time in seven years, home prices are going up. What fewer foreclosures, record low mortgage rates and renewed investor enthusiasm mean for the U.S housing market and the overall economy.

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USDA And The Future Of Food Policy

Why the National Cattlemen's Beef Association took the USDA to task over Meatless Mondays, and what it says about the future of the Farm Bill and the direction of American food policy.


Are Polls Good News For Either Candidate?

Rivalries are taking center stage at the Olympics, but they're also playing out in the race for the presidency here in the United States. And on the heels of a trip abroad by Republican Mitt Romney, a new poll gives the advantage to President Obama. Host Michel Martin talks political news with Gabriel Sanchez, a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, and Mario Loyola, a contributor to the National Review.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged, but ECB head Mario Draghi signaled the bank could purchase bonds and lower borrowing costs in the future. The battle for Aleppo raged on as Syrian rebels' handling of pro-government militiamen drew criticism. President Barack Obama announced new sanctions on Iran's energy sector. And India suffered the worst blackout in history, which left 670 million people without power. James Kitfield of National Journal, Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy magazine and David Ignatius of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy was weaker but took no new steps to help. The House and Senate remained at loggerheads over whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned from a week-long overseas trip. And Chick-fil-A fans and critics took to the streets following anti-gay marriage comments by the company's president. Greg Ip of The Economist, Julie Hirshfeld Davis of Bloomberg News and Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.