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3:22 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Syrian Opposition Movement Hampered By Fractures

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Now to efforts aimed at restructuring the Syrian opposition. The main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, is increasingly seen as ineffective, so people trying to bring down the government of President Bashar al-Assad are meeting right now in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. NPR's Kelly McEvers is there and as she reports, the goal is to give the opposition more credibility with Syrians and the international community.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' Will Change Terms Of Debate In Congress

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. The political landscape of Washington, after more than a year of campaigning and billions of dollars in political spending, is stunningly unchanged. President Obama is in the White House. Republicans control the House of Representatives. Democrats hold the Senate.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' Was Meant To Spur Compromise

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:02 pm

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Speaking of the fiscal cliff, let's take a minute to review what it is and how it all began. Imagine yourself standing on top of a cliff and it's December 31st, New Year's Eve and you're looking down, way down, toward New Year's Day. That's the deadline, the day a lot of fiscal policy will change and nearly all of us will feel it unless Congress acts.

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NPR Story
3:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Pot Legalization Could Cut Deeply Into Cartel Profits

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

As Barb mentioned, this week, Colorado and Washington State passed measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. We're going to hear reaction now from the country where much of America's pot is grown, Mexico. The sale, growth, and use of marijuana there remains illegal. And Mexico's incoming government fears these new laws will force them to rethink how they fight cross-border pot smuggling. But others think the measures could help fight narco-trafficking and cut into the cartels' power.

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3:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Nor'Easter Deals Extra Blow To Those Without Power

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 5:02 pm

A California power crew took on one damaged street on Long Island.

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