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Obama's Deficit Plans Make Room For Jobs

On Monday, President Obama will lay out his new plan for reducing the federal deficit. His proposal will also include specific recommendations to the bipartisan deficit Super Committee on how to offset the cost of his $447 billion jobs plan. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.
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Palestinian Statehood Bid Pits Obama Against Allies

The administration has promised to veto any resolution before the U.N. Security Council to recognize an independent Palestinian state. But many of America's closest allies support the Palestinians' bid, setting the stage for a messy diplomatic situation in New York this week.
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Can Michele Bachmann Get Her Groove Back?

From a back-of-the-pack start, the Tea Party favorite won an upset victory in the Iowa straw poll but lost ground when Texas Gov. Rick Perry got in the race. A feisty debate put her back on an upswing, but how long she can keep that momentum remains to be seen.
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What Can Obama Do Improve His Approval Rating?

A new New York Times-CBS News poll shows President Obama with an approval rating of 43 percent. That, and other tough news for the president have prompted at least one major Democratic voice, James Carville, to call for a round of White House firings. Weekends on All Things Considered Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about what Obama needs to do to right the ship.
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Do New Voting Laws Suppress Fraud? Or Democrats?

More than a dozen states have passed new voting regulations this year. Kris Kobach, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas, says his state's voter ID law will cut down on fraud. But Rolling Stone's Ari Berman, who has covered the laws extensively, says fraud isn't widespread and the laws disproportionately affect certain groups.
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Gray Holds Town Hall With D.C. Kids

Mayor Vincent Gray says he likes to talk directly to kids on issues they're concerned about, such as school safety.

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Anti-Bullying Laws Get Tough With Schools

New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, considered by many as the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation, went into effect this month. Host Scott Simon talks with Emily Bazelon of Slate Magazine about bullying laws, where they're working and where they're headed (hint: the Supreme Court).

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