September 29, 2010 California governor candidates Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown showed their different styles and clashed on their backgrounds in their first face to face debate.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition roundtable.
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September 29, 2010 US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says Pakistan needs to raise its taxes. She says it's one of her "pet peeves" that countries who want American help don't tax themselves.
September 25, 2010 Congress appears headed for the exits as gridlock envelops Washington and lawmakers long to head for the campaign trail. The only thing they absolutely have to pass next week is a continuing resolution to keep the government open after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. So far, they're arguing over who goes first, the Senate or the House. Guest host Mary Louise Kelly talks with NPR congressional correspondent David Welna about the stalemate.
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September 24, 2010 In this week's Political Chat segment host Michel Martin talks with Cynthia Tucker, columnist with the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Mary Kate Cary a former White House speech writer for President George H.W. Bush. They discuss the election-year agenda unveiled by House Republicans Thursday and how this will impact the mid-term elections in November. They also debate whether GOP gains in Congress after the mid-term elections will help President Obama get re-elected in 2012.
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September 20, 2010 General Motors' former leadership was "appalling" and the company had no idea how much cash it had on hand, the Obama administration's former "car czar" says. In his new book, Steven Rattner offers an insider's perspective on the government's ultimately successful efforts to rescue GM and Chrysler from failure.
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September 20, 2010 This week the U.S. Congress votes on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors bill, or DREAM Act. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR education correspondent, Claudio Sanchez, about the topic. The legislation would permit students meeting certain guidelines to enroll in college although they are not legal U.S. residents. Opposition to the bill is profound, but advocates say the act is beneficial to the students and the colleges they attend.
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September 17, 2010 She'll help oversee the setup of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But the specifics are murky.
September 16, 2010 The Senate passed a small-business aid bill with $30 billion in loans and $12 billion in tax cuts.
September 15, 2010 Tea Party members call themselves independents but they're really leaderless debranded Republicans. The challenge is how do they become more than a spoiler group which elects nominees who most don't win general elections.
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September 14, 2010 A bill to provide small-business loans broke a Senate logjam with the help of two Republicans whose retirement from Congress arguably gave them more freedom.
September 12, 2010 Congress gets back Monday from a five-week recess for what will be its last legislative session before the midterm elections. The sputtering economy will clearly be the focus, but electoral politics are likely to overshadow whatever the Democrats in charge try to get done.
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September 8, 2010 NPR Tell Me More Producer Lee Hill unveils the program's back-to-school education series and rallies the audience to get involved.
September 7, 2010 President Obama wants to shift the political debate away from big versus small government and toward a discussion of whether or not the government works. Proving effectiveness requires more transparency, and the administration has used online tools to do that, but many Americans still await results.
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An all-too-common sign of the times in Las Vegas.
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September 1, 2010 More than 3 million Americans have taken advantage of a the generous tax break. But some experts say all it really did was shift the timing of some sales -- and might have set in motion events that just added to the glut of unsold homes.
August 19, 2010 Way fewer people pay the nanny tax today compared with 15 years ago, and that's not because we're hiring fewer nannies.
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