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Senate Deal Avoids Government Shutdown

Federal workers can rest assured that the government will not be shutting down this weekend after the Senate reached a deal Monday; but they are in for another budget fight in November, when the current bill expires.

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Senate Deal To Avert Shutdown Goes To House

There may not be a government shutdown later this week after all — at least that's what a deal agreed on Monday night by the Senate aims to prevent. Lawmakers had been tied up in partisan knots for days over a temporary spending measure keeping the government open once the new fiscal year begins this weekend. Most of the trouble was over House Republicans' insistence that disaster relief funding in that measure be offset by cuts in other government programs. It's now up to the House to seal that Senate deal.
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Political Ads Target TV, But Not Everyone Is Tuning In

The 2012 presidential election is more than a year away, but that's not keeping political advertisers from targeting the TV airwaves. However, a survey has found that the TV audience is shrinking — especially the young voters.
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As Puerto Rican Economy Lags, Some Question Cuts

To try to jump-start Puerto Rico's economy, Gov. Luis Fortuno pushed through a series of cost-cutting measures — including eliminating more than 20,000 government jobs. This has helped close Puerto Rico's large budget deficit, but it's done little to help those struggling to find jobs.
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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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