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Family Leave Laws Enacted In 10 Cities And States In 2013

Ten cities and states have passed laws guaranteeing access to some kind of family leave this year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with director Vicki Shabo about efforts to make family leave mandatory.
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John Kerry's Ambitious First Year

The secretary of state set big goals this year, from restarting the Mideast peace process to ending the civil war in Syria and curbing Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Jennifer Ludden talks with David Ignatius of The Washington Post about how much progress Kerry has made this year.
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Teaching Democracy Through Jazz, Perfecting Party Playlists

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, tells host Arun Rath about a teacher using jazz to educate young students about democracy and a site that could spruce up the playlist for New Year's Eve parties this year.
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Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

As the vice president enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.
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Other Presidents Had Tough Second Terms, Too

President Obama stopped short of admitting he's had a pretty tough year in his final press conference of 2013. Historian Robert Dallek joins NPR's Linda Wertheimer for a look back at the year, and to put Obama's trying times in context with other presidents who had difficult second terms.
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With Congress Gone, D.C. Takes On Effortless Beauty

Washington, D.C., clears out in the last weeks of December, as members of Congress and their staffs head back to their home districts for the holidays. NPR's Linda Wertheimer enjoys walking the quiet streets, and uses that time to reflect on the past year in politics.
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The Ups And Downs Of The GOP Year

The last few days of 2013 have been some of the best of the year for the Republican Party, which came out on top in congressional races in a poll this week. NPR's political editor Ron Elving joins Linda Wertheimer for a look back at the GOP's rollercoaster political year, from the partial government shutdown to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
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Federal Jobless Benefits Set To End For More Than 1 Million

Congress goes home without approving an extension of benefits for 1.3 million Americans, but President Obama is pushing for a vote in January.
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5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far)

The 113th Congress has come to be defined more by what it failed to do than what it did. But the two warring parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill managed to accomplish a few things in 2013.
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Star Scientific CEO At Heart Of McDonnell Scandal Resigns; Company To Change Name

Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams and President Paul Perito resigned following Friday's shareholder meeting in D.C.

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