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Where Have All the Hip-Hop Politicians Gone?

Less than a decade ago, some young African-American men tried to leave a mark on the political map. Dubbed as 'hip-hop' politicians, a few rose to national prominence, while others faded from view. Host Michel Martin talks with political science professors about the past, present and future of so-called 'hip-hop politicians.'

Three New 'Cliffs' Threaten The Economy

Three more fiscal cliff-type deadlines are fast approaching. They involve: 1) raising the debt ceiling 2) imposing automatic spending cuts and 3) funding the federal government to avert a partial shutdown.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Afghan President Karzai is in Washington for talks on the future U.S. role. Syria agrees to a major prisoner swap. And Venezuela postpones the inauguration of ailing President Chavez. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama announces his choices for key second-term positions. Vice President Biden meets with gun control advocates and the NRA. And new mortgage rules target risky lending. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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McDonnell Urges Action On Transportation In State Of The Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gave the state's General Assembly an ultimatum in his State of the Commonwealth address last night, imploring them to pass a transportation funding plan by the end of this year's session. 

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Maryland General Assembly Begins 2013 Session

The Maryland General Assembly went into session yesterday, and Republicans are ready for an uphill battle on most issues. The state's GOP lawmakers probably won't defeat a death penalty repeal or wind power expansion, but the death penalty will likely be put to a referendum in 2014.  


Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

In theory, some say, President Obama could have a $1 trillion coin made and that would head off the next big battle over the federal government's debt ceiling.

Obama To Nominate Jack Lew As Head Of Treasury

President Obama will nominate his Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. Lew is a budget expert who could hit the ground running as the treasury tries to cope with a looming debt ceiling, automatic spending cuts and the ongoing push for long-term deficit reduction.