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House Rejects Senate's Payroll Tax Extension

The House blew up the end-of-year deal to extend the payroll tax holiday, but it insists it's the Senate's fault. If both chambers fail to forge a compromise, taxes go up, unemployment benefits expire and payments to Medicare doctors get cut by 27 percent — all starting Jan. 1.
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Looking For Boost, Candidates Hit The Ground In N.H.

Through public events, phone banks and door-to-door canvassing, the GOP presidential contenders are working full speed to reach out to voters in New Hampshire. Political strategists say a good ground game can make a difference at the ballot box.
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'We The People': NPR Readers Would Ratify Four New Amendments

Readers have voted to abolish the Electoral College, to limit campaign contributions from corporations, to deny corporations the rights of citizens and to prohibit members of Congress from lobbying once they leave office.
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Local Lawmakers On Rejection Of Payroll Tax Holiday

Republicans in the House rejected a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday on Tuesday, with most area lawmakers voting along party lines.

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Is A Privatized Post Office Better?

Not everyone thinks the U.S. Postal Service is worth saving. Tad DeHaven of the Cato Institute says spiraling costs and uncertain revenues can be solved with privatization. Host Michel Martin and DeHaven discuss what a private postal service might look like.
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Do You Need Your Mailman?

Today is perhaps the busiest day for the U.S. Postal Service. While workers are hustling to keep up with holiday mail, the agency lost $5 billion last year. The postal service plans for major cuts, but Congress wants to weigh options. Host Michel Martin speaks with two advocates of the postal service, Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY), and author Philip Rubio.
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Panel Hears Challenge To Maryland Redistricting

A three-judge panel heard arguments Tuesday that Maryland's redistricting plan redraws the Congressional district map in a way that disenfranchises black residents.

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