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What's America's Problem? Most Say It's The Government

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:48pm

The biggest problem the United States faces is not unemployment or healthcare – it's the country's government, according to a plurality of Americans cited in a recent Gallup poll. The answer was tops among Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

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Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:22am

Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about why poverty conversations are needed, in her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary 'Convinced' Rural Revitalization Plan Will Work

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:18am

President Obama is hoping to fight poverty, in five so-called "promise zones." The government is targeting those areas for economic revitalization. Host Michel Martin and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack take a look at the rural communities involved, and the special challenges to fight poverty there.

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VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:43am

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born To Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.

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Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed Again

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:00am

Senators couldn't reach agreement Tuesday on a way to restore benefits for 1.3 million people who have been out of work for extended periods. With the Senate planning to go on a recess next week, it's looking like any action will be put off.

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'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:06am

The so-called "omnibus" package of all twelve annual spending bills is a compromise; it has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. There is some disappointment on both sides of the aisle with the measure, but this time nobody is talking about forcing another government shutdown.

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Congress Weighs In On NSA Overhaul Proposals

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:00pm

As President Obama prepared to announce changes to surveillance programs done by the National Security Agency, Congress heard from members of the panel that recommended major restructuring of NSA efforts.

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IRS Gets Spending Bill Smackdown From Congress

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 6:12pm

In response to a 2013 scandal, lawmakers are pushing overall IRS funding to a five-year low and ordering the agency to obey the Constitution.

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5 Takeaways From The Omnibus Spending Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 5:49pm

Regular order. That phrase refers to Congress conducting business in a methodical way, like it used to back before "dysfunctional" came to seem an official description of Washington. A new federal budget working its way through Congress could help restore regular order to Capitol Hill.

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Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:35pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll cooperate with all "appropriate" investigations into Bridgegate, but in his annual State of the State speech he seeks to change the conversation to New Jersey's economic rebound.

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Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage.

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Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address on Tuesday. The address came at an awkward time for Christie, who faces a widening investigation into politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the scandal but tried to steer the conversation toward education and other second-term priorities.

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Obama's NSA Panel Testifies Before Senate Committee

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Members of a special panel of advisers assembled by President Obama are testifying on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In December, the panel recommended changes to the way that the National Security Administration conducts surveillance.

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Amid Resistance, Iranian Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

A six-month deal to negotiate a limit to Iran's nuclear program and loosen Western sanctions is set to go into effect on Monday. But resistance from hardliners in both the U.S. and Tehran could mean trouble for negotiations. Melissa Block talks with Iran analyst Robin Wright. Wright is just back from a reporting trip to Iran.

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Not Everyone's Onboard With The Omnibus Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Most of Washington expects that the massive omnibus spending bill to pass House and Senate before the week is out, but some House Republicans and Democrats are still fighting a rearguard action to delay or stop it. What do the opponents have to say about the bill?

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Does The U.S. 'Make Poverty More Comfortable?'

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:48am

The United States is among the world's wealthiest countries, but it has one of the highest poverty rates among developed nations. Host Michel Martin talks about how the U.S. can get a hold on poverty with New York University Professor Stephen Pimpare and Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute.

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Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:16am

The New Jersey governor's State of the State speech Tuesday will be overshadowed by the scandal surrounding lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge.

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Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:16am

The New Jersey governor's State of the State speech Tuesday will be overshadowed by the scandal surrounding the lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge.

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Congress Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 6:45am

There are no "in your face victories" for Republicans or Democrats in the package. The measure funds the government for the rest of this year and is part of a bipartisan plan to avoid another bitter battle that could shut down the government.

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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:35am

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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