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Second Term Another Chance For Obama, Congress To Work Together

Ahead of the president's State of the Union address, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Rutgers University political scientist Ross Baker about the state of relations between the White House and Congress.
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Week In News: Controversy Over Drone Strikes

A Justice Department memo outlining the President's authority to initiate drone strikes against suspected terrorists - even U.S. born ones - has sparked a discussion about the limits of the executive branch. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about the controversy.
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Cardin Doesn't Expect Sequestration Deal By March 1

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin gave federal workers a bit of advice in dealing with the potential sequestration.

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Public Pressure, Background Checks Central To Obama Gun Control Strategy

Gun control historically has been one of the most divisive issues in Congress, between the parties and even inside the Democratic coalition. Yet some in President Obama's own party say he has put together a gun agenda that is sweeping without being too painful for most Democrats to support.
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6 Reasons Ashley Judd Is The Target Of An Attack Ad

Some observers are wondering why American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-inspired superPAC, would bother to run a political attack ad against Hollywood star Ashley Judd, an outspoken supporter of President Obama who has said she's mulling a 2014 run against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
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Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. One case poses questions so difficult that the president himself is expected to make the final decision on what arguments the Justice Department will make.
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Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is to side with national security over civil liberties. That instinct has been true throughout history, and has been acted on by liberal presidents and core conservatives.

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