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After Suspenseful Vote, Boehner Recaptures House Speaker Seat

Ohio Congressman John Boehner held onto his gavel after winning re-election as speaker of the U.S. House. Many conservative Republicans had been unhappy with Boehner for going along with the recent fiscal cliff compromise, but in the end most voted for him.

New Congress Already Has Full Plate With Spending Cuts, Debt Ceiling

The 113th Senate formally began on Thursday, with fully one-fifth of them women, the highest percentage to date. Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke a year ago, also made his return.
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The Politics Hour

We chat with two local leaders on the front lines of high-profile battles: D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)


The Phantom Tax That Made The Deficit Look Better

Congress finally made a permanent fix to the alternative minimum tax, which threatened to boost the tax bills of millions of Americans each year. But the AMT also created a "useful fiction," as one analyst says, by appearing to shrink future budget deficits.

The F-35 Fighter Jet: The Cost And Controversy

The sleek and efficient F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is scheduled to replace as many as ten planes currently in service. As Congress looks to make budget cuts, some question the value of the world's most expensive fighter jet.