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New Year's Hopes For The Future Of The GOP

Earlier this week, former George W. Bush adviser and Republican strategist Mark McKinnon wrote that all he wants for Christmas is a new GOP. He tells host Jacki Lyden what he wants from his party going forward.
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Fiscal Cliff Debate: Why The (Very) Few Rule The Many In Congress

Even if the Senate were to approve a compromise package and a majority of the House (Republicans and Democrats) were prepared to accept it, the deal likely won't even be brought to the House floor for debate and a vote. How can this be? Because of the de facto "majority of the majority" rule.
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With Fiscal Cliff Around The Corner, Senate Adjourns For The Night

Talks appeared stalled Sunday as the Senate finished up for the evening without a deal in sight. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid said there was "still significant distance between the two sides."
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Obama 'Modestly Optimistic' On Cliff Deal; 'He Won,' Says Graham

President Obama went on air to levy pressure on Congress Sunday as Senate leaders worked to negotiate a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff." Graham said the odds of a last-minute deal are "exceedingly good."
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Counting Down The Final Hours Of Fiscal Cliff Talks

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Joshua Green, senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, about the latest in the last-minute push to resolve the debt crisis.

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