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Do You Need Your Mailman?

Today is perhaps the busiest day for the U.S. Postal Service. While workers are hustling to keep up with holiday mail, the agency lost $5 billion last year. The postal service plans for major cuts, but Congress wants to weigh options. Host Michel Martin speaks with two advocates of the postal service, Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY), and author Philip Rubio.
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Panel Hears Challenge To Maryland Redistricting

A three-judge panel heard arguments Tuesday that Maryland's redistricting plan redraws the Congressional district map in a way that disenfranchises black residents.

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Flagging In Polls, Gingrich Urges Voters To Reject Negative Campaigning

To combat attacks against him, Gingrich plans to hold daily teleconferences. He's also planning a 44-stop bus tour though Iowa after Christmas. And he says he won't launch any attack ads of his own.
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Why Is Times Columnist Gail Collins So Obsessed With Mitt Romney's Dog?

New York Times columnist Gail Collins has already cited the dog in just shy of three dozen columns. She says such moments can reveal character — in this case, Romney's rigid emphasis on efficiency.
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Why Mitt Romney's Dog Is Getting A Lot Of Press

New York Time columnist Gail Collins has written extensively about the idiosyncrasies of presidential families. But her fascination with Mitt Romney may take the cake. Dozens of her columns have cited the tale of Mitt Romney tying his dog in a crate to the roof of his station wagon and driving the family on vacation.
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Revised D.C. Ethics Bill Passed

The D.C. Council approved a revised ethics reform bill on Tuesday by a vote of 12-1, which included a provision that allows for the impeachment of councilmembers who 'substantially threaten the public trust.'

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House Republicans Prolong Payroll Tax Cut Standoff

The House on Tuesday is scheduled to vote to send the fight over the payroll tax holiday to a conference committee. But Democrats say they won't appoint conferees. House Republicans object to the Senate measure, because it would extend the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits for just two months while a longer-term deal is worked out.
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Gingrich Fights Back Against GOP Attack Ads

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is accusing his Republican opponents of what he says is reprehensible behavior — running attack ads in Iowa against the former House Speaker. Before a crowd of supporters in Hiawatha, Iowa, Gingrich stressed that the negative GOP attack ads are bad for the party and bad for voters.

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