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Congress Reaches Bipartisan Deal On Transportation

Lawmakers in the D.C. region were among the majority supporting a massive bill passed Friday, which not only funds transportation projects, but improves safety standards for systems like the Metro.

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Economic Pressures On Local Governments

Stockton, Calif., is the largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy, and others could follow. A panel joins Diane to discuss economic pressures on local governments and the push for privatizing public services.


On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Find Way To Compromise

Leaders on Capitol Hill struck a bargain by which interest rates will be frozen on student loans, and federal funds will flow for roads and bridges. It's an unusual case of compromise in the current Congress.

Week In Politics: Health Care, Eric Holder

Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law, and the House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.

'Tax' Designation That Saved Health Care Law Being Used To Fight Obama

Back when President Obama was urging Congress to pass his health care law, he rejected claims that the penalty for not obtaining insurance would amount to a tax. On Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts begged to differ — while using the tax classification to save the law. And Republicans pounced.

Chief Justice's Critics Don't Understand What Judges Do, Gonzales Says

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says he has complete confidence in Chief Justice Roberts. And he says politics might be one motive behind the contempt of Congress citation against current Attorney General Eric Holder.

Former AG On Eric Holder Contempt Vote

The Supreme Court's ruling on health care wasn't the only big news in Washington Thursday. Congress voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, making it the first time a sitting AG has been found in contempt of Congress. Host Michel Martin discusses the vote with former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.