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A Month Away, Fiscal Deadline Looms With No Deal

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Tamara Keith about the latest developments in the federal budget negotiations and the impending package of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to automatically go into effect unless Congress acts by Jan. 1, 2013.
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No Nominees, But Obama Cabinet Already Has Critics

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about President Obama's plans for cabinet appointments in his second term. Already, the president will have to find new heads for the State Department and the CIA, and he's run into early opposition from Republicans in the Senate.
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Obama Not The First To Take Fiscal Fight On The Road

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin speaks with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about presidents in the past who have taken their policy agenda on the road, as President Obama is doing with his efforts to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
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The 3 Unofficial GOP Rules That Are Making A Deficit Deal Even Harder

The rules adopted by House GOP leaders in recent years are leaving Speaker John Boehner little room to maneuver. To reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, he may have to break at least one of them, analysts say.
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Is The Voting Rights Act Outdated?

The most effective civil rights law in U.S. history faces its most serious challenge yet as the Supreme Court prepares to re-examine its constitutionality.
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Think Congressional Gridlock Is Bad? If Reid Changes Filibuster Rules, Look Out

Every student of Washington knows the Senate has become the definition of a legislative graveyard, in part because of the frequency with which the minority party invokes its right to filibuster legislation and nominations. The Senate majority leader may push to change that — which could make matters worse.

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