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CQ Roll Call: Funding Bill Ends Soon, GOP Split On Payroll Tax, Unemployment

An agreement for handling the soon-to-end stopgap measure is not looking great, and Republicans are split over extending pay roll tax breaks and unemployment benefits.

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Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

The Massachusetts Democrat is in his 16th term. Back in February, he said he would be running again. Now, he says the new boundaries of his district would have required he spend too much time campaigning and not enough on key issues.
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Obama Office Alters More Federal Rules Than Bush

The obscure office responsible for authorizing the nation's health and safety regulations has been busy, according to a new study released Monday. The Center for Progressive Reform found that under President Obama, the office has changed 84 percent of environmental regulations and 65 percent of other agencies' regulations.
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Calif. High Speed Rail Isn't Quick To Take Off

The dream of high speed rail in California is running into tough realities. Cost estimates have more than doubled — to nearly $100 billion — since the project was approved by voters in 2008. The date of completion has been pushed back to 2030.
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The Deregulation Bill That's Drawing Crowds

In the same month that the debt supercommittee failed to rise above partisanship for the sake of America's economy, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives managed a landslide victory. The crowdfunding bill it passed last week could be a big break for entrepreneurs — but does it put investors at risk?
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Congress Stuck With Supercommittee's Leftovers

In addition to coming up with a deficit reduction plan, the Congressional supercommittee was also charged with handling so many unrelated tasks that its failure last week has left Congress with a sizeable workload in its remaining weeks this year. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins host Audie Cornish to set the stage for December.

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