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Spike In Citizens' Donations For National Debt

In fiscal year 2012, the Bureau of the Public Debt received nearly $8 million in donations from private citizens, far surpassing the previous year's haul. But it barely makes a dent in the overall national debt. So why give away all that cash?

The Fiscal Cliff Isn't The Only Item On Congress' List

Congress returns to work this week after taking most of the autumn off to campaign. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Washington editor, Ron Elving, about the long congressional to-do list during the so-called "lame-duck" session.

Despite Talk, Immigration Overhaul Not A Guarantee

Key Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, say it's time to find common ground in revising the nation's immigration laws, but conservatives in the House could be a firewall against a bipartisan deal.

She Was The Only Woman To Get The Medal Of Honor

In all of American history, just one woman has ever been awarded the Medal of Honor: Mary Edwards Walker, a physician during the Civil War. Congress later tried to take back the medal, but she refused to return it.

How To Oust A Congressman, SuperPAC-Style

Think superPACs were a waste of wealthy donors' money this election season? Consider how New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's superPAC was able to help engineer an upset in one congressional race outside Los Angeles.

Cuomo, Christie And Building Consensus

Gov. Chris Christie is defending local tax increases and major federal investments, despite his tough talk on spending. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is courting the spotlight as he calls for billions of dollars from Washington to rebuild. The Republican and Democrat will have to find consensus on the plan for rebuilding — together and with a divided Congress.
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Former D.C. Council Member Used Position To Void Traffic Tickets

A former D.C. Council member reportedly used his position to get a number of traffic tickets waived earlier this year, according to a report from D.C.'s inspector general.


Before The Showdown: The Long Road To The Fiscal Cliff

References to the fiscal cliff, set for Jan. 1, have become ubiquitous in Washington. But many may have forgotten just how and when the looming tax increases and spending cuts were first devised.