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Obama' 'Stop Complaining' Order To Black Caucus Causes Stir

For a president whose approval ratings even among African Americans have dropped strikingly, it can't be anything but bad news that his speech's climax has upset part of his base.

The Farm Bill: From Charitable Start To Prime Budget Target

This is the first in our occasional series on how the farm bill shapes food and land use policy. In this installment, the history of the farm bill, and why it's been a matter of debate since its inception during the Great Depression.
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Roll Call's Paul Singer On Government Shutdown And Obama's Jobs Act

Roll Call associate editor Paul Singer gives an analysis of the looming government shutdown and the latest on Obama's American Job Act.


More People Than Ever Are Unhappy With The Government, Poll Shows

"A record-high 81 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed," Gallup says.

Shutdown Showdown Continues: Senate Has Key Vote Today

Lawmakers in Washington are still at odds over how to put some more money into the coffers of the stretched-thin Federal Emergency Management Agency. If the dispute isn't settled by the end of the week, part of the government might have to shut down.
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O'Malley Seeks End To Battle Over FEMA Funding

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is calling for an end to ongoing bickering in Congress over where disaster relief funding for cleanup from Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding should come from.


Week In Politics: Spending Showdown, GOP Primary

David Greene talks with NPR's Cokie Roberts about the week in politics, including the possibility of a government shutdown on Friday.

Voters May Face Slower Lines In 2012 Elections

Facing cutbacks, election offices across the country are making tough decisions, such as trimming the number of voting sites and shortening the number of days for early voting. Doug Lewis, who runs The Election Center, says that at the very least, voters should be prepared for slower lines in 2012.
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Gray Withdraws Mallett Nomination

Mayor Vincent Gray withdrew his nomination of Robert Mallett to be chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics because he fails to meet a three-year residency requirement.


Herman Cain Takes Florida Straw Poll By Surprise

Businessman and former radio talk show host Herman Cain pulled off an upset Saturday. He came in first in the Florida straw poll, handily beating both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It's a big victory for a candidate who, up to now, has drawn little media attention and placed fifth or sixth in many national polls. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Greg Allen about whether this marks a change in the Republican presidential nominating contest.