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Stories for December 9, 2012

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Obama, Boehner Meet At White House Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

Dec. 9, 2012
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Sunday to discuss the impasse over the "fiscal cliff."

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The End Of Affirmative Action? What Could Be Next

Dec. 9, 2012
NPR Staff / NPR

The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that universities can consider race as a factor, if the goal is to achieve diversity. But in that case, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor famously wrote that within 25 years, race-based affirmative action would become obsolete.

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Affirmative Action: Factious Past, Uncertain Future

Dec. 9, 2012
NPR Staff / NPR

The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that universities can consider race as a factor, if the goal is to achieve diversity. But in that case, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor famously wrote that within 25 years, race-based affirmative action would become obsolete.

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Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Dec. 9, 2012
Allison Keyes / NPR

Illinois could become the third state -- after Washington and New Mexico -- where undocumented immigrants can obtain driver's licenses. The legislation is halfway there. A bill that passed the state Senate 41-14 last Tuesday has bipartisan support.

Baltimore Says, 'Immigrants Welcome'

Dec. 9, 2012
Lauren Silverman, Acacia Squires

Hundreds of people gathered in September at Baltimore's harbor as the wind gusted off the water's edge. Nearly 50 of them were about to be sworn in as U.S. citizens. Some were young, some old. There were uniformed members of the U.S. military, parents and children. There were immigrants from El Salvador, China, Honduras and countries in between. They raised their right hands, recited the naturalization oath to the United States, and were declared fully American.

Fiscal Cliff Leaves Accountants Hanging, Too

Dec. 9, 2012
Jordan G. Teicher / NPR

The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts. A patch to the alternative minimum tax. An increase in capital gains taxes.

Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition: 'Religiously Unaffiliated'

Dec. 9, 2012
Liz Halloran / NPR

The big demographic story out of the 2012 presidential election may have been President Obama's domination of the Hispanic vote, and rightfully so.