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Dreams Of A Peacetime U.S. Presidency

Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks to Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations about why the United States will never have another peacetime president. Zenko's article, "A Period of Persistent Conflict," appeared this week in Foreign Policy.

Election 2016: Too Soon?

Believe it or not, NPR's political junkie Ken Rudin tells Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz that the 2016 Presidential race has already begun.

Losing Gracefully In Politics, With Sports In Mind

In the wake of the presidential election, Mike Danforth and Ian Chillag of the NPR podcast How To Do Everything investigate how to lose gracefully.
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Maryland Lawmakers Say Law Petitioning Process Too Easy

Some Maryland lawmakers are wondering whether the Internet made it too easy for citizens to petition a new law to the ballot?


Congress Barrels Toward Fiscal Cliff

The dust hadn't settled on Tuesday's election when people started talking about the fiscal cliff, the expiration of tax cuts and automatic spending cuts set to hit at the start of the year. The fiscal cliff will dominate the political dialogue through the end of the year, at least.

Challenges Stacked For Obama's Second Term

Some of the priorities of President Obama's next four years in office are already taking shape, and the challenges are becoming more apparent. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about what's on the horizon for Obama's second term.

Leading In Crisis: Lessons From Lyndon Johnson

Host Rachel Martin talks with historian Robert Caro, who has studied the use of power and how presidents leverage power in crisis. He draws some comparisons between his famous subject, Lyndon B. Johnson, and President Obama's second-term challenges.