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Congress Heads Out Of Town Without Bailing Out Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service didn't get a reprieve from Congress before lawmakers left town; the agency will now default on $5 billion in payments for retirees' health plans. 

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Allen, Kaine Make Rounds On Campaign Trail

Virginia senatorial candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine held a number of campaign events this week addressing jobs, sustainable energy, and the Bush-era tax cuts, among other issues. 


Congress Takes A Break With Looming To-Do List

Congress wrapped up its summer work to take the remainder of August off. NPR's David Welna joins guest host Susan Stamberg to explain what Congress accomplished, and what's left on the must-do list before the November election.

Ayotte Would Add Youth, Conservatism As VP Choice

That Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is even being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate is somewhat remarkable. Her state has just four electoral votes, and Ayotte has been a U.S. senator for less than two years. But as Romney nears his choice, Ayotte remains in the discussion.
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Chicago Teacher's Strike

Chicago teachers on strike: How the union’s fight over merit pay and job security highlights a broader national struggle.


Episode 392: Keeping The Biggest Secret In The U.S. Economy

How the federal agency that compiles the monthly jobs report makes sure it doesn't leak.

Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads

The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.

Wireless Carriers Text 'NO' To Campaign Donations

Political candidates rely on phone banks, direct mail, bundling and other fundraising techniques, but the next big fundraising tool maybe your cell phone. In June, the Federal Election Commission gave the go-ahead for political donations via text message. But cell phone carriers aren't so excited. Audie Cornish speaks with political consultant Erik Nilsson to find out why.