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Obama Office Alters More Federal Rules Than Bush

The obscure office responsible for authorizing the nation's health and safety regulations has been busy, according to a new study released Monday. The Center for Progressive Reform found that under President Obama, the office has changed 84 percent of environmental regulations and 65 percent of other agencies' regulations.
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Calif. High Speed Rail Isn't Quick To Take Off

The dream of high speed rail in California is running into tough realities. Cost estimates have more than doubled — to nearly $100 billion — since the project was approved by voters in 2008. The date of completion has been pushed back to 2030.
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The Deregulation Bill That's Drawing Crowds

In the same month that the debt supercommittee failed to rise above partisanship for the sake of America's economy, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives managed a landslide victory. The crowdfunding bill it passed last week could be a big break for entrepreneurs — but does it put investors at risk?
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Congress Stuck With Supercommittee's Leftovers

In addition to coming up with a deficit reduction plan, the Congressional supercommittee was also charged with handling so many unrelated tasks that its failure last week has left Congress with a sizeable workload in its remaining weeks this year. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins host Audie Cornish to set the stage for December.
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New Hampshire Takes Another Look At Ron Paul

The Texas congressman drew less than 8 percent of the vote in the state in 2008. But things could be significantly different this time as Paul reaches into new corners of the electorate: He's adding independents and registered Republicans to his base of young voters and hard-core libertarians.

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A Second Look At Last Year's Deficit Reduction Plan

The failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal on reducing federal government deficits is being called another example of dysfunction and gridlock in Washington. New attention is now focused back on the plan put forth last year by President Obama's bipartisan deficit reduction commission, a blueprint that a number of Democrats and Republicans endorsed. Host Scott Simon talks with former Sen. Alan Simpson, former co-chair of that deficit reduction commission, about the failed negotiations of the supercommittee.

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