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White House Warns Of Sequestration's Effects

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said the cuts would offset "pretty good" economic activity over the past few months. GOP Rep. Paul Ryan was pessimistic about a deal, while Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said the two sides would come together for an agreement.


Looking At The Realities Of Passing New Gun Control Legislation

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who supports the White House proposals, about gun control. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee he will have a key role in writing and passing any new gun laws.

Rethinking The U.S. Presidency: 3 Alternative Realities

The president of the United States has a lot on his plate. Is it too much? As we pause to celebrate our exceptional leaders on Presidents Day, perhaps it's time we start contemplating a new kind of presidency — a presidency that befits these fitful times.

College Republicans Offer GOP Advice For Winning Over Their Generation

NPR speaks with a group of college Republicans at Ohio State University about the president's policies, his popularity with their peers, and what the GOP needs to do to win more young votes.

In Hometown Visit, Obama Advocates 'Common Sense' Approach To Guns

President Obama was in Chicago on Friday to address the scourge of gun violence that's plaguing that city and so many other parts of the country. It was one of several trips the president made this week to promote his second-term agenda.

The Water Sip Heard Around The World

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon considers all the attention Sen. Mark Rubio received, not for his comments on President Obama's State of the Union address, but for the water the Florida senator drank while delivering his remarks.

The Politics Of Raising The Minimum Wage

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for Congress to raise the minimum wage. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with David Leonhardt, the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, about the political prospects for such a plan.