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Federal Agencies Warn Of Partial Government Shutdown

For the fourth time this year, Congress is on the verge of forcing a government shutdown because of a budget impasse.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls To Debate In Iowa

The Republican presidential candidates meet for their final debate of the pre-primary season Thursday. Lynn Neary turns to NPR's Mara Liasson for more.
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As Holidays Near, Congressional Standoff Continues

The Republican House and Democratic Senate pushed their game of chicken closer to the precipice Thursday, with a government shutdown threat looming at midnight Friday. Both maneuvered to be able to blame the other — should things fall apart and the government actually runs out of money to operate. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Lynn Neary with the latest.
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Wyden-Ryan Medicare Plan Shakes Up Politics More Than Policy

The plan would include a cap on total Medicare spending and feature more private competition than under the current program. Even if the proposal draws support, it won't be introduced as legislation until after the 2012 election.
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Prince George's County Delegate Gets Second Indictment

A grandy jury in Maryland has handed down an indictment to Prince George's County delegate Tiffany Alston for theft and misconduct of office -- her second indictment.

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Sioux City Debate: GOP Candidates' Last Joint Meeting Before Voting Starts

The Republican presidential debates have mattered more this year than anything else in determining which candidate had the momentum and the lead in the race for the White House nomination.Thus, Thursday evening's Sioux City, Iowa debate could be decisive in narrowing the gap between Newt Gingrich and the rest of the field or cementing his frontrunner status.

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