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Ernest Freeberg: "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America"

A historian places Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb in the context of a period of intense technological creativity in the U.S. More than any other invention, he argues, electric light ushered in modernity.

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President Obama's Plan For Universal Preschool

President Barack Obama proposed the biggest expansion of early childhood education since Head Start was launched nearly 50 years ago. Diane and her guests discuss the debate over the value of universal preschool.

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Huge Growth Of Food Stamps In Northern Virginia Spurs Debate

Northern Virginia social service providers are seeing record numbers of people receiving federal food assistance, thanks in part to more people being eligible and greater efforts to find those in need.

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Barry's Bill On Ex-Offender Hiring Fails At D.C. Council

A bill that would have prevented employers in the District from discriminating against job applicants based on a criminal record was shut down at the D.C. Council Tuesday.


Senate Fails To Ratify U.N. Treaty On Disabilities

Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday blocked ratification of a U.N. treaty that would have helped countries protect the rights of disabled people. It was inspired by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Opponents argued, among other things, it would threaten the ability of parents in this country to home school their children.

Taxes Are A Stumbling Block To Fiscal Cliff Talks

Americans are not optimistic that leaders in Washington will strike a budget deal in time to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts, according to a new survey. President Obama and congressional Republicans seem to be far apart with no clear path to a resolution.

Is A Recess Appointment Valid If The Senate Says It's Not Really Gone?

President Obama and Senate Republicans have different views when it comes to what counts as "recess." A federal appeals court is now weighing the question in a case challenging three of Obama's appointments.

Milk Producers Peer Over The Dairy Cliff

The expiration of the farm bill has left dairy farmers without a milk pricing program — and a safety net. While all farmers are watching closely, milk producers face an environment where cow feed costs more than cow milk.