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Everyone 'Has To Participate' To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray about going over the fiscal cliff. As the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Murray helped the Democrats maintain their Senate majority. She has said that if Republicans do not agree to let tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000 per year, the country should go over the fiscal cliff.
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U.S. Mayors Concerned About Fiscal Cliff Cuts

The two biggest fears of the fiscal cliff are defense cuts and tax hikes. The nation's mayors say the devastating effects of automatic cuts reach further than the Defense Department — right into their own cities. Steve Inskeep talks to the Democratic Mayor of Charleston, S.C., Jospeh Riley and Republican Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., about the impact sequestration could have in their cities.
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In California, 'Republican' Is Becoming A Toxic Label

This year, the number of registered Republicans in the state dipped below 30 percent of voters. Some GOP candidates are even re-registering as independents to avoid having "Republican" next to their names. But analysts say change might have to come on a national level before it reaches California.
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Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House

Some analysts are saying that Republicans appear to have the long-range advantage over Democrats when it comes to winning enough seats to control the House, not so much because of redistricting but because of the clustering of Democratic voters in fewer congressional districts.
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As Dust Settles, Voters Cite Campaign's Negativity

A new Pew post-election survey also finds voters pessimistic about partisan cooperation, and still most concerned about the economy and jobs.
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Raising Revenues Or Taxes — What's The Difference?

Audie Cornish talks to Adam Davidson about the difference between raising revenues and raising taxes.

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