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Debt Talks A 'Roosevelt Moment' For Obama

President Obama is about to enter into difficult talks on the debt ceiling and the impending fiscal cliff. A group of historians who met with Obama during his first term suggested he should model his second term on Republican Theodore Roosevelt, who fought with a hostile Congress yet managed to pass progressive legislation.
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Virginia To Decide On Future Of State's Medicaid

Virginia lawmakers must decide what kind of health insurance exchange to use in the Commonwealth.

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Oil Lobbyists Target Sen. Mark Warner In New Ad

Election season may have just ended, but interest groups are already putting pressure on local candidates facing reelection in a couple of years.

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Evangelical Leader Suggests It's Time To Collaborate

The election has also triggered some soul searching among evangelical Christian voters. Now, one of the movement's top leaders says it's time to stop the war rhetoric and start reaching out for compromise. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jim Daly, the president and CEO of Focus on the Family, about the post-election direction of the conservative evangelical movement.
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An Evolutionary Explanation For The Fiscal Cliff

Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology behind the fiscal cliff negotiations. Vedantam says humans evolved as short-term thinkers, which makes dealing with the long-term problem of the national debt particularly difficult.
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GOP Governors Say Party Lost On Strategy, Not Issues

Republican governors met last week in Las Vegas to talk about the results of the U.S. election and the path ahead for their party. Many of the governors are standing by their positions on major issues, however, saying the main thing they need to change is their tone.
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'It Takes Generations': Sen. Boxer On The Gender Gap

Barbara Boxer was elected to the Senate in the "Year of the Woman," 1992, after serving 10 years in the House. As Congress enters a landmark term with more women than ever, she says there's still a long way to go before there are as many of them as men on the floor. But wait a minute, Boxer says, let's put that in perspective.

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