Lynn Neary speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.
It's not clear how close Congress is to resolving two nagging issues: extensions of both the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. What we do know is that nothing will be resolved until Monday. That's because the House has gone home for the weekend. But the government won't be shutting down Friday, as a result of a last-minute deal.
Both sides of the political aisle are claiming victories in the latest federal budget deal, but some negotiations still remain in order for Congress to pass extentions to payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance.
The U.S. officially marked the end to the military campaign in Iraq, on Thursday. As the remaining troops begin to head home, the debate on how history will judge the war continues. Host Michel Martin speaks with two political leaders who were on opposite sides of the issue nearly a decade ago.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich got front-runner treatment during the final GOP debate before that state's crucial Jan. 3 caucuses, taking a pounding for his years as a highly-compensated Washington influence peddler.
The D.C. Council is about to pass ethics reform for the District, but it won't include a prohibition on "bundling" -- or corporations making multiple campaign contributions through various subsidiaries. A review of the most recent campaign finance filings shows that the practice is pretty common.
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