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How Will Bachmann's Departure Affect Politics?

Tea Party favorite Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced she's won't run for re-election. But what does the news mean for the Tea Party movement, and the rest of the GOP? Host Michel Martin discusses this and other political news with Republican strategist Lenny McAllister and The Root's Keli Goff.
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Should Journalists Attend Holder's Off-The-Record Meeting?

Some news organizations are saying 'thanks, but no thanks' to an off-the-record meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. He offered to discuss guidelines involving the Justice Department's investigation of security leaks to the press. Host Michel Martin checks in with the Barbershop guys.
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Can A Huge Hog Deal Pose A National Security Risk?

A Chinese company plans to buy U.S. pork giant Smithfield Foods for nearly $5 billion. The deal may undergo review by an interagency panel known as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. The panel has played a significant role in shaping foreign investments in this country for nearly four decades.
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The Battle Over Student Loan Rates

The White House is at odds with Congress over setting student loan rates. What each plan could mean for students, families and the cost of a college education.

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Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill Hot Topic In Oklahoma

When Congress voted on federal relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, five of the seven Oklahoma representatives and senators voted no. Rep. Tom Cole, who voted yes, warned that someday Oklahoma would be asking for help. That day came last week after a massive tornado.
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Obama To Press Congress On Student Loan Rates

Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. The president is expected to urge Congress on Friday to block that increase.

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