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Congressional Leaders Optimistic On Budget Deal

President Obama brought congressional leadership to the White House Friday morning for the first direct talks about the impending tax hikes and spending cuts that economists say could return the country to recession if not modified.
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Looking Back On 2012 Election Technology

The country knew who its next president would be late in the evening of Election Day. But despite a nationwide push to electronic voting, some municipalities took days longer to finish counting their votes. Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice looks at technologies and systems that worked during this year's election, and at voting processes that fell short of the mark in counting the vote.
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Fiscal Cliff Talks Get Started; Two Sides Sound Optimistic

President Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties met at the White House for the first of what will likely be many negotiations aimed at averting a plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff. Afterward, Congressional leaders sounded optimistic about the chances for a deal.
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Can A Lame-Duck Congress Save The Day?

As members of the House and Senate head to Capitol Hill for the final weeks of this Congress, perhaps they will bring the "Spirit of 2010" with them. Despite partisan bickering, the lame-duck session two years ago got big things done. Then again, those lawmakers weren't being asked to avert a fiscal cliff.
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Petraeus Supports White House On Post-Benghazi Accounts, Lawmakers Say

The doors were closed so the nation wasn't be able to watch. One week after his scandal-tinged resignation, former CIA Director David Petraeus fielded questions from members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.
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FHA Faces Shortfall From Mortgage Losses

The next victim of the foreclosure crisis could be the Federal Housing Administration. The agency is on the verge of burning through its cash reserves and will eventually ask for taxpayer assistance, according to Rep. Spencer Bachus, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. The FHA insures many of the nation's low-down-payment mortgages.
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Everyone 'Has To Participate' To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray about going over the fiscal cliff. As the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Murray helped the Democrats maintain their Senate majority. She has said that if Republicans do not agree to let tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000 per year, the country should go over the fiscal cliff.
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U.S. Mayors Concerned About Fiscal Cliff Cuts

The two biggest fears of the fiscal cliff are defense cuts and tax hikes. The nation's mayors say the devastating effects of automatic cuts reach further than the Defense Department — right into their own cities. Steve Inskeep talks to the Democratic Mayor of Charleston, S.C., Jospeh Riley and Republican Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., about the impact sequestration could have in their cities.

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