D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced three bills that would increase D.C. autonomy this week — although none of them are expected to go anywhere in the Republican-led House of Representatives.
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has staked out positions that will endear him to liberal members of the Democratic Party, but as Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal explains, the effects on his general election prospects are cloudier.
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.
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.
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.
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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