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Could Minimum Wage Increase Boom Or Bust Economy?

President Obama's plan to jump-start the economy starts with increasing the minimum wage and avoiding sequestration. Host Michel Martin talks about those challenges and others, like rising gas prices and expanding waist lines. She's joined by NPR's senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and Wall Street Journal economics reporter Sudeep Reddy.

Who Should We Honor On Presidents' Day?

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox. This week, they clear up a Presidents' Day misunderstanding, and see if the idea of Legos for girls really has legs.
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Former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle, former U.S. senator from South Dakota, discusses his new book, "The U.S. Senate," a guide to how the institution works.

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Voting Rights Act Before The Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case about the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Diane and guests discuss the key issues in the case and the future of the landmark civil rights law.


A User's Guide To Washington Jargon

If you can't tell what politicians in Washington are talking about, you're not alone. But eventually terms such as "sequester" and "reconciliation" can become less impenetrable, if only because of their constant repetition.
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Jim Graham Fights Back Against Reprimand From D.C. Council

Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham stands accused of violating the city council's code of conduct for a 2008 contracting deal — an accusation that Graham dismisses as a mischaracterization.


Obama To Urge Japan To Join Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Obama at the White House Friday for discussions that will focus on both security and economic issues. The U.S. is pushing Japan to join a regional trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Japan wants the U.S. to agree to special conditions first.