December 12, 2013 | NPR · The House heads toward a vote on the House-Senate budget compromise as Speaker John Boehner urges passage of the "fine work" by budget chairman Paul Ryan. Boehner has uncharacteristically criticized conservative groups who oppose the deal "before they've even seen it," prompting reporters to ask if this is a turning point.
December 12, 2013 | NPR · Alan Cheuse reviews a short story collection by Russell Banks called A Permanent Member of the Family. The stories feature ordinary Americans caught in one dilemma or another.
December 12, 2013 | NPR · Problems persist on the back end of HealthCare.gov, which must process accurate enrollment information so insurers can receive premium payments and start coverage for consumers. Reconciliation of the data just started this week, as time to fix problems is running out.