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The Tax Battle Decoded: What $250,000 Gets You

As Congress and the White House battle over a tax and spending plan before the end of the year, one number is at the forefront: $250,000. That's the income level above which the White House wants taxes to rise. Host Guy Raz speaks with Reuters personal finance columnist Linda Stern about where that amount of money goes a long way, and where it doesn't. Plus NPR's Mara Liasson weighs in on the state of budget talks in Washington.
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Obama Cabinet Bingo

The next few weeks will bring huge changes to the Obama administration as the president plots appointments for new secretaries of State, the Treasury, Defense and many others. Host Guy Raz talks with Jim Fallows of The Atlantic about a second-term cabinet.
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No Deal On 'Fiscal Cliff' Without Tax Increase On Rich, Geithner Says

Despite differences with Republicans on spending cuts and revenue increases, the treasury secretary said the two sides were "moving closer together" on a solution for deficit reduction. House Speaker John Boehner said he did not share that optimistic assessment.end-of-year deadline
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A Month Away, Fiscal Deadline Looms With No Deal

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Tamara Keith about the latest developments in the federal budget negotiations and the impending package of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to automatically go into effect unless Congress acts by Jan. 1, 2013.
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No Nominees, But Obama Cabinet Already Has Critics

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about President Obama's plans for cabinet appointments in his second term. Already, the president will have to find new heads for the State Department and the CIA, and he's run into early opposition from Republicans in the Senate.
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Obama Not The First To Take Fiscal Fight On The Road

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about presidents in the past who have taken their policy agenda on the road, as President Obama is doing with his efforts to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

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