December 30, 2010 Some major East Coast cities are still struggling to recover from snowstorms that battered the region on Sunday and Monday. In New York, many streets remain unplowed and angry residents have criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the city's slow response. Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has, meanwhile, been praised nationally for his personal handling of the blizzard. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving about the politics of snow.
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December 29, 2010 When a blizzard's coming, there are sure to be stories about folks stocking up on toilet paper. And when the blizzard's over, there are sure to be stories about outrage over unplowed streets and seemingly unprepared state and local governments.
The freshmen members of the upcoming 112th Congress pose for a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The group includes a dentist, a nurse and a pizzeria owner, among other professions.
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December 28, 2010 Some prominent conservatives have called for a return to the days when being a member of Congress was a part-time job, arguing that it will keep lawmakers more in touch with reality. But critics warn it would strengthen the presidency too much. Either way, is it even feasible?
Americans have seen President Obama's busted lip up close, and they even know he snores. Does all this familiarity breed contempt for the office?
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December 23, 2010 Once upon a time, Americans were in the dark about the fact that their president (FDR) used a wheelchair. Now, we see President Obama's busted lip up close and even know he snores. (And let's not get started on what we know about former President Clinton.) Does familiarity breed contempt for the office?
President Obama makes a point during his news conference Wednesday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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December 22, 2010 At an upbeat news conference, the president offered bills passed by a lame-duck session of Congress as evidence of "capacity ... to make progress together." But a very different set of players awaits him on Capitol Hill in 2011.
December 22, 2010 President Obama has signed into law a repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members. But implementation is still months away, and gay-rights advocates are warning gay troops to "stay in the closet" for now. Here, a look at the road -- and roadblocks -- ahead.
December 20, 2010 The Census Bureau will unveil its official population count for the nation on Tuesday, and the results will have big implications for how House seats are reapportioned. Based on preliminary data, red states like Texas and Florida are likely to gain seats, while blue states like New York seem set to lose them.
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December 18, 2010 Back in the 1990s, there were fewer than a dozen short-term tax provisions that had to be re-approved by Congress every year or so. By this year, that number had topped 140. And that has to change, say two Washington veterans -- Mortimer Caplin, who ran the IRS under John F. Kennedy, and David Stockman, budget director for Ronald Reagan.
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December 17, 2010 A Senate bill that would repeal the military's ban on openly gay service members appears to have attracted enough Republican votes to avoid a threatened GOP filibuster. The Senate will hold a test vote Saturday; the House has already passed the bill.
December 15, 2010 By an 81-19 vote, the Senate just approved the tax and jobless benefits package put together by President Obama and Congressional Republicans.
December 15, 2010 The Senate is starting on the last few procedural steps before this afternoon's expected vote on the tax deal worked out by the White House and Congressional Republicans.
December 14, 2010 House Democrats and Republicans have been vocal in their opposition to President Obama's tax cut deal. Nonetheless, members from both sides of the aisle predict the measure will win approval. But House leaders may allow an amendment to roll back estate tax provisions that ire many Democrats.
July 28: Richard Holbrooke as he arrived for a Congressional hearing in Washington.
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December 14, 2010 The American diplomat, who died Monday at the age of 69, could be "a bully one day, a charmer the next ... improvising as necessary."
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December 10, 2010 The WikiLeaks release of secret diplomatic cables amused some and outraged others, but the editors of The Nation argue that the most powerful effect it has had is to shed light on how casual and normal secrecy has become in the U.S. government.
December 9, 2010 President Obama tells NPR that he is confident that "the framework is going to look like the one that we put forward." He says that "nobody – Democrat or Republican – wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act."
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