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White House To Seek Emergency Sandy Funds

The Obama administration is expected to ask for $50 billion to $60 billion. Top administrators told Congress Wednesday that they want at least some of that money to go toward preventing the kind of devastation caused by Sandy and other recent storms.
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Black Voters Reflect On Obama's First Term

In just over a month, President Obama will be sworn in for his second term. Audie Cornish takes a moment to look back at what his presidency has meant for African-Americans. We hear from a comedian, David Alan Grier; from a lawmaker, Emanuel Cleaver, who is outgoing chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; and from three seniors at Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.
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Celebrities And The Senate: Would Ashley Judd Stand A Chance?

Could an actress and political activist with no electoral experience give the Senate's top Republican a race in very red Kentucky? It would be a long shot, say political experts, even though Judd has deep roots in the state, calling herself an "at least 8th generation Eastern Kentuckian."
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The Election, Gay Marriage And The GOP

NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics and talks with Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, about the role of Republicans in passing same-sex marriage initiatives. Dallas Morning News senior political reporter Wayne Slater discusses the passing of longtime Texas Congressman Jack Brooks.
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Tackling The Deficit Stalemate: What To Cap And Cut

After House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) proposed a deficit reduction proposal that included $800 billion of increased revenue, some within the Republican Party objected loudly. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a member of the House Budget Committee, shares his views on how to resolve the stalemate.

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