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Congress Attempts To Avert Shutdown

With FEMA running out of disaster money at some point this week and the whole federal government starting a new fiscal year on Saturday without an accompanying budget, Congress muddles through another budget standoff. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Michele Norris to bring us the latest.
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Pa. Republicans Weigh New Electoral College Plan

Some Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature have proposed changing how the state allocates its Electoral College votes. Critics argue the plan would benefit GOP candidates. NPR's Ken Rudin and political scientist Terry Madonna discuss the proposal and its implications.
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Flashback: Herman Cain's 1994 Bill Clinton Debate On Health Care

Herman Cain, who won the Florida Straw Poll over the weekend, is no newbie when it comes to showing up career politicians. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was just the latest one to be Hermanized by the former Godfather's pizza company CEO. In 1994, President Bill Clinton had an encounter with Cain in which many conservatives believe the Man from mozzarella got the best of the Man from Hope.
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Obama' 'Stop Complaining' Order To Black Caucus Causes Stir

For a president whose approval ratings even among African Americans have dropped strikingly, it can't be anything but bad news that his speech's climax has upset part of his base.
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The Farm Bill: From Charitable Start To Prime Budget Target

This is the first in our occasional series on how the farm bill shapes food and land use policy. In this installment, the history of the farm bill, and why it's been a matter of debate since its inception during the Great Depression.
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Roll Call's Paul Singer On Government Shutdown And Obama's Jobs Act

Roll Call associate editor Paul Singer gives an analysis of the looming government shutdown and the latest on Obama's American Job Act.

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