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Former Senator Appeals To Youth On Deficit Reduction

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin explains Alan Simpson's musical contribution to the debt and deficit crisis.

Call It Want You Want, But It's Not A Debt Crisis

It's widely known as the fiscal cliff, but some prominent Republicans have been calling it a "debt crisis." Economists agree such a crisis may be coming, but it's not here yet. Demographic changes are forcing a reckoning of how to pay for what people want from their government.

Fiscal Battle A Senator's Last Challenge

Sen. Kent Conrad has chaired the Senate Budget Committee since 2006. The Democratic senator from North Dakota is retiring in January 2013, but before leaving the Senate, he is a key player in the negotiations to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Sen. Conrad about the challenges to achieving a budget compromise.
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Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Remain Stalled

Negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff remain stalled, which has lawmakers in the region worried.

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Del. Charniele Herring Selected Chair Of Virginia Democrats

Virginia Del. Charniele Herring has made history as the first African American to lead the Democratic Party.

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Lame Duck Session Begins With Low Productivity

Lawmakers in the region are frustrated that not much work is getting done in the lame duck Congress.


Fiscal Cliff Leaves Accountants Hanging, Too

As Congress and the White House wrestle over a variety of expiring tax breaks due to take effect Jan. 1, accountants and other financial professionals face tough questions from their clients. The pros are also in the dark; the best they can offer is advice on various possible outcomes in the fiscal cliff talks.

Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition: 'Religiously Unaffiliated'

The growing number of voters not aligned with a specific religion helped President Obama overcome deficits with Protestants and Catholics in key swing states. The Pew Research Center calls this group "nones" — agnostics, atheist and those who define themselves simply as "religious" or "spiritual but not religious."