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Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts, and will continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
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A Freshman's Year In A Dysfunctional Congress

We've been checking in throughout the year with Republican freshman Bill Huizenga, who represents western Michigan. He shares his take on this much-maligned Congress with host Scott Simon.
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In Congress, Short-Term Compromise At 11th Hour

Friday night, the House of Representatives prevented a shutdown with a stopgap bill, just hours before the last stopgap funding bill would have expired. There's also been a deal to keep a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance from expiring two weeks from now. NPR's David Welna joins host Scott Simon to explain the congressional landscape in the final weeks of the year.
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The Truth Squad Reports On The GOP Debates

This week, the Republican candidates for president had what is likely their final debate encounter before the Iowa caucuses. Host Scott Simon talks with PolitiFact's Bill Adair to fact-check the competing claims and policy points of this election cycle.
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Endorsement Kicks Off Romney's Battle For S.C.

The Republican presidential candidate celebrated Gov. Nikki Haley's announcement Friday, just weeks before the South Carolina Republican primary. He still faces a tough fight in the state, which for three decades has identified who will be the GOP nominee.
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Ward 7 Candidate Chavous Arrested For Solicitation

Kevin Chavous, a candidate for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, was arrested early Friday on a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

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WaPo's McCartney: D.C.'s Weather Response, Rep. Issa Taking On Occupy

Area leaders are flaunting the new weather preparedness website, while Republican representatives in the House are calling into question the National Park Service's leniency with Occupy DC protesters.

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Week In Politics: Economy, GOP Primary

Lynn Neary speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.

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