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The Politics Hour

Virginia Del. David Albo (R-Fairfax) and U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) take on the week in local politics with Kojo and Tom Sherwood.

WAMU 88.5

The Navy Prepares For The Sequester

The U.S. Navy has been readying for the budget cuts that sequestration will bring if it goes into effect later this week. We go beyond the headlines to find out why the cuts will hit this branch of the military so hard, so fast.

WAMU 88.5

Issues Underlying Sex Scandals With Howard Ross

The story is a familiar one: a powerful leader felled by a sex scandal, with details straight out of a soap opera. But behind the usual discussions of judgment and ego lie less-examined attitudes about women.

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Kwame Brown Sentenced To One Day In Jail On Bank Fraud Charged

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was sentenced to one day in prison and six months home detention on a federal bank fraud conviction. He will appear in a different court later today on a campaign finance violation. 

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The Politics Hour

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) joins Kojo and Tom in the studio for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

NPR

Missouri, Kansas Reject Health Exchanges

Immediately after last week's election, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the state would not be setting up its own health insurance exchange. Next door in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas will have no involvement in running a state exchange either. The moves open the door for increased federal involvement in health care in staunchly Republican territory.
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Far-Right Greek Party Rides Wave Of Economic Anger

When Golden Dawn arrived on the political scene three years ago, many Greeks dismissed the party as neo-Nazi thugs. But in June, Golden Dawn won 18 of the 300 seats in Parliament, after campaigning on an anti-immigrant and anti-establishment message. Polls now show the party would double its share of seats if elections were held today.
NPR

Obama Hopes For Another Victory: Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

President Obama is meeting with labor leaders at the White House on Tuesday — the first in a series of meetings aimed at avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts in the new year. The newly re-elected president is hoping to translate victory at the ballot box into success in shaping policy.

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