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Tax Deal Reached In '86, So Why Not Now?

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon speaks with former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley about the current negotiations in Washington over the federal budget. As a senator, Bradley, a Democrat, helped lead negotiations over the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986. Bradley says Washington has become increasingly partisan, but he believes members of Congress will be able to make a last-minute deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff."

Democrats Dig In Their Heels On Entitlement Cuts

Republicans are insisting on more austere entitlement programs as leaders negotiate a deal to keep the nation from going over the "fiscal cliff" in the new year. But many Democrats are wary of including any far-reaching and long-lasting entitlement reforms in a hastily thrown-together deal.

Obama Remembers 'Beautiful Little Kids,' Calls For 'Meaningful Action'

Horrible acts of violence have forced President Obama to speak to a shocked nation after several mass shootings — at a shopping center in Arizona, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and, on Friday, a Connecticut elementary school. He said something must be done "regardless of the politics."
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At Vigil For Newtown, Conn. Victims, Calls For Gun Control

More than 100 people gathered in front of the White House in the wake of the tragic deaths of 20 children and 6 adults at a school in Newtown, Conn., with some holding signs calling for the President to take action on gun control.

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Americans And Gun Control

The horror and outrage in the aftermath of last week's mass shootings in Connecticut are galvanizing new efforts to ban assault weapons. Diane and her guests discuss Americans and gun control.

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Analysis: Government Workers And Contractors Prepare For Possible Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the spending cuts that could go into effect if lawmakers don't come to an agreement.