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Obama's Fed Pick Quandary: What Does It Mean For His Legacy?

Both Janet Yellen and Lawrence Summers have awe-inspiring credentials. So Obama's decision seems to come down to whose understanding of the economy most closely matches his own, and which candidate is likeliest to have people looking back years from now saying: "That was an inspired pick."

House Votes To Cut Student Loan Rate, Sends Bill To Obama

The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill that would allow undergraduates to borrow through the federal Stafford loan program at 3.9 percent for this school year.

As His Campaign Craters, Weiner Picks Fight Over Flight

Why does Anthony Weiner keep going? Even with his campaign engulfed in scandal and embarrassment, the former congressman's frenetic energy and hunger for the spotlight remain powerful forces.

House Republicans Work To Keep IRS Scandal In The Spotlight

Congressional Republicans are accusing the IRS of dodging their questions and requests for documents in the inquiry into the flagging of Tea Party groups seeking tax exempt status. One House committee warns the agency it could use its investigative powers to enforce compliance. And a second committee says it now has proof that conservative groups were treated worse than progressive groups.

Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

President Obama made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats.

As Summer Recess Looms, Congress Remains Inactive

The last week before the long summer recess is usually crunchtime for Congress, but that hasn't been the case for the 113th. New York Times correspondent Jonathan Weisman joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to discuss why this Congress has passed so few laws.
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McDonnell Says Daughter Returned $15,000 Wedding Gift

A wedding gift from Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams was returned by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's daughter, following a scandal in the commonwealth.


On The Eve Of Gay Marriage, Not All Of Minnesota Is Ready

Minnesota's first same-sex weddings will be performed just after midnight on Thursday. Outside the big cities, much of the state remains opposed to the whole idea.

New Health Exchanges: What You Need To Know

On October 1st, online health insurance exchanges open up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey speaks to host Michel Martin about what will change, and how you can prepare for the roll-out.

Do Women Have A Responsibility When Men Misbehave?

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner have apologized for their poor behavior. Host Michel Martin asks the beauty shop ladies, what responsibility - if any - women bear when men behave badly? Writers Danielle Belton, Bridget Johnson and Connie Schultz weigh in.