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1:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' Deadline Looms, But Sense Of Urgency Seems To Be Lacking

Will the lights be on late at the White House for the next few nights, or will talks about the "fiscal cliff" be less than dramatic?
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:49 pm

President Obama is "cutting short" a vacation that he'd already said he would cut short. "See you next week," he told reporters last week before leaving for Hawaii. The president is now due back at the White House on Thursday, which is pretty much what was expected. His family will stay in Hawaii until after the New Year.

Senators are also coming back to Washington, but many aren't likely to get to the Capitol until Thursday evening.

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Best Music Of 2012
1:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Top Five Slept-On R&B Songs Of 2012

Robin Thicke performs in Feburary. His song, "Another Life" leaked on the Internet this summer, but didn't land on the charts.
Jamie McCarthy Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 8:33 am

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NPR Story
12:49 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Measuring The Impact Of Your Charitable Donations

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:56 pm

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ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Ari Shapiro in Washington. Neal Conan is away. This week, many of us are making year-end charitable donations. There are countless needy people and worthy causes competing for our dollars. So many philanthropists today want proof that an organization actually succeeds at its mission.

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NPR Story
12:49 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Political Highlights Of 2012 And The Pint-Sized Pundit

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:46 pm

NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin recaps the week in politics and reflects on some of the significant political moments of the year. He also faces off in a trivia battle with burgeoning political junkie Gabe Fleisher, a fifth grader who drafts a political newsletter everyday before school.

NPR Story
12:49 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

When The Holiday Season Is Transformed By Loss

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:54 pm

Alcestis 'Cooky' Oberg lost her father-in-law unexpectedly on Christmas Day in 1982. For the first few years, it meant that Christmas was a somber time. Oberg, a contributor to USA Today, talks about how the mood of the holidays evolved for her family over time.

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