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In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Higher Taxes Vs. Closing Loopholes

The White House and Congress continue to work on a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff and cuts deficits in the long run. President Obama wants to raise tax rates for the wealthy. Republicans want to raise revenue by closing loopholes and limiting deductions for high-income people. But could that raise enough money?
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Debt Talks A 'Roosevelt Moment' For Obama

President Obama is about to enter into difficult talks on the debt ceiling and the impending fiscal cliff. A group of historians who met with Obama during his first term suggested he should model his second term on Republican Theodore Roosevelt, who fought with a hostile Congress yet managed to pass progressive legislation.
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Virginia To Decide On Future Of State's Medicaid

Virginia lawmakers must decide what kind of health insurance exchange to use in the Commonwealth.

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Oil Lobbyists Target Sen. Mark Warner In New Ad

Election season may have just ended, but interest groups are already putting pressure on local candidates facing reelection in a couple of years.

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Evangelical Leader Suggests It's Time To Collaborate

The election has also triggered some soul searching among evangelical Christian voters. Now, one of the movement's top leaders says it's time to stop the war rhetoric and start reaching out for compromise. Host Rachel Martin talks with Jim Daly, the president and CEO of Focus on the Family, about the post-election direction of the conservative evangelical movement.
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An Evolutionary Explanation For The Fiscal Cliff

Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology behind the fiscal cliff negotiations. Vedantam says humans evolved as short-term thinkers, which makes dealing with the long-term problem of the national debt particularly difficult.
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GOP Governors Say Party Lost On Strategy, Not Issues

Republican governors met last week in Las Vegas to talk about the results of the U.S. election and the path ahead for their party. Many of the governors are standing by their positions on major issues, however, saying the main thing they need to change is their tone.

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