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  Building the next America: Ed Rendell makes the case for spending on high-speed rail

Republicans and President Obama are at odds again, this time over the administration’s plan to invest in high-speed rail. Ed Rendell makes the case for spending to improve the nation’s infrastructure.


House Republicans now officially on record denying science behind climate change

House Republicans voted against a measure to adopt the scientific consensus that climate change is real. So here are a few other things they now officially don’t believe.


  Planning for the final months: End-of-life care

As Congress continues to battle over funding for end-of-life counseling, NOW on PBS takes a first-hand look at how doctors help their patients plan for their final months.


  Stacy-Marie Ishmael and Joe Nocera on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

The bipartisan federal commission created by Congress to get to the roots of the 2008 financial crisis issued its final report this week. Stacy-Marie Ishmael, an editor with the Financial Times, and Joe Nocera, a business columnist for the New York Times, speak with Alison Stewart about why it was so hard for the commission to determine who was to blame.


Rep. Mike Quigley on the chances of passing gun control legislation

Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois talks with Need to Know’s Jon Meacham about the chances of gun control legislation passing in Congress after the shootings in Arizona.


The life and death of climate legislation, in graphic form

There are lots of villains and no heroes in a comic strip about the short life and gritty death of the landmark climate change bill.


  Just ask Peter Sagal: Advice for President Obama

Peter Sagal offers some advice to a certain down-in-the-dumps Leader of the Free World.


Climate scientists prepare for new attacks after GOP wins

Climate scientists are preparing for new attacks from Republicans. But they don’t all agree on the right approach.


Question of the day: Can a clown elected to Congress read?

Those unhappy with the outcome of the midterm elections here in the U.S. might do well to take a moment to contemplate Brazil, where not only was an actual clown elected to Congress, but that same clown is being quizzed to determine if he can read and write.

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