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Can Congress Solve Upcoming Economic Challenges?

House Speaker John Boehner says he's ready to work with President Obama on a looming fiscal problem. The House has just weeks to negotiate over the scheduled higher tax rates and spending cuts called the "fiscal cliff." Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the House Republican leadership.
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Calif. Affirms Death Penalty, Amends 'Three Strikes'

California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have ended the death penalty in the state. But they did pass a proposition that weakens the state's three-strikes law, which served as a model for other states around the nation.
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Conservatives Vow To Keep Pushing Abortion Limits

After the election, many conservatives are pondering their losses. Some say their anti-abortion principles weren't the problem; it was the Republican Party's failure to run a truly conservative candidate. They're vowing to change the party and continue their fight to restrict abortion.
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Mich. Voters Defeat 2 Organized Labor Ballot Issues

Unions poured millions of dollars into ballot campaigns to guarantee collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution and allow state-paid home care assistants to organize into a union. Both were resoundingly defeated.
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Republicans Review Election Results For Insight

This week's presidential election was very close in the popular vote. But it was a real blowout in the Electoral College. A GOP pollster says Democrats have assembled a majority coalition and that means his party has to make some big changes.
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Opening Lines Set For A Deal To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

With the election over, attention in Washington has turned to the nation's debt and deficit challenges — most immediately $600 billion worth of expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts. Both the president and congressional leaders are signaling a willingness to work together to avoid a fiscal disaster.
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Fixing Long Election Lines May Be Easier Said Than Done

President Obama, in his victory speech, noted that the hours voters had to wait in line are something "we have to fix." One solution: Spend more on equipment and poll workers. But that would be tough in this fiscal climate. Another is to expand early voting. But states such as Ohio have had their early-voting laws challenged in court.
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Did SuperPAC Money Hurt Romney More Than It Helped?

Utlimately, the most important legacy of the first big-money campaign unleashed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling may have been allowing rich individuals to prop up Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — prolonging the bitter GOP primary fight and perhaps crippling Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

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