NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics and talks with Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, about the role of Republicans in passing same-sex marriage initiatives. Dallas Morning News senior political reporter Wayne Slater discusses the passing of longtime Texas Congressman Jack Brooks.
After House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) proposed a deficit reduction proposal that included $800 billion of increased revenue, some within the Republican Party objected loudly. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a member of the House Budget Committee, shares his views on how to resolve the stalemate.
Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is about to get a taste of what it's like to be the low man on the totem pole in the U.S. Senate; National Journal's Shane Goldmacher talks about others that have made the governor-senator transition.
About 2 million Americans could lose unemployment checks if Congress doesn't extend emergency federal benefits by the end of the year. Host Michel Martin talks about new research challenging conventional wisdom about unemployment checks. Guests include James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation and Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project.
A historian places Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb in the context of a period of intense technological creativity in the U.S. More than any other invention, he argues, electric light ushered in modernity.
President Barack Obama proposed the biggest expansion of early childhood education since Head Start was launched nearly 50 years ago. Diane and her guests discuss the debate over the value of universal preschool.
Northern Virginia social service providers are seeing record numbers of people receiving federal food assistance, thanks in part to more people being eligible and greater efforts to find those in need.
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