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Anita Bonds Elected To At-Large D.C. Council Seat

The head of the D.C. Democratic party was appointed to an open D.C. Council seat last night, and she balked at a question on whether her employment with a major city contractor is a conflict of interest.

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Renters' Association Brings Concerns To Maryland Lawmakers

A group of tenants who rent their homes in Montgomery County are trying to bring renters' issues — including the all-important one of excessive rent increases — to lawmakers' attention.


Michigan Lawmakers Pass Right-To-Work Bills, Over Unions' Protests

The GOP-backed measures now go to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has indicated he will sign them. As lawmakers voted today, protesters gathered in and around the state capitol.

Today's Three Stories To Read About The 'Fiscal Cliff'

As the White House and Congressional leaders negotiate, we're watching for the best stories about what's going on. Here are some of the latest.

The Lost Art Of Budget Negotiations

Congress and President Obama have yet to reach a budget deal, despite an impending deadline. It's just the latest episode that has caused folks in Washington to reflect that it wasn't always this difficult to make deals inside the beltway. Renee Montagne talks to former Missouri Senator John Danforth about his experience in past budget negotiations, and what lessons they offer for today's discussions.

SEC Head Mary Schapiro To Step Down This Week

David Greene talks to Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, about her tenure. After almost four years on the job she is stepping down this week.

Right-To-Work Measure Expected To Pass In Michigan

The bill would bar contracts requiring employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment. The proposed right-to-work law has infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement. Michigan's Legislature is expected to pass the bill Tuesday.

The 'Fiscal Cliff' For English Majors

The arts are supposed to help us better understand our daily lives. So what do Shakespeare, the Greeks and other classics tell us about the "fiscal cliff?"

What Happens If We Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'?

President Obama and congressional Republicans have been trying to negotiate a deal to avert the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." But what happens Jan. 1 if no agreement is reached? Some experts say not much will happen — at least not immediately.