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'PolitiFact' Scores Obama's 2008 Promises

This week, PolitiFact released their "Oba-meter," which measures how Obama fared on keeping his 2008 campaign promises. Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden speaks with Angie Holan, the deputy editor of PolitiFact, about Obama's track record.
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Inching Closer To The Demise Of A Stubborn Parasitic Worm

After a decades-long campaign, Guinea worm remains in only four countries, and eradication is in sight. But health workers say that recent violence in Mali is hindering efforts to stamp out the last few cases there.
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Is A Fresh Start In Washington Possible?

Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about whether the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans can find some common ground and overcome the political gridlock that characterized much of the president's first term.
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House GOP Backs Off Debt Ceiling Demands

House Republicans held their annual retreat this week in Williamsburg, Va., to figure out their next steps. They dropped a demand to have spending cuts for ever dollar the debt ceiling is raised, at least for the next three months. GOP lawmakers are now pinning their hopes for deficit reduction on other looming budget battles.
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Trend In Second Inaugural Addresses: They're Not Very Good

President Obama will deliver his second inaugural address from Monday. Baylor University Professor Martin Medhurst tells host Scott Simon that many second inaugural addresses don't live up to the promise of the first. But there is at least one shining exception.

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