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The incoming majority has made some significant changes to the rules of the House, and NPR's Andrea Seabrook is here to explain them.



SIEGEL: And first, the biggest change has to do with how the Congress spends money.

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This year promises to be another contentious one for U.S. immigration politics. The new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has indicated it will take an even harder line against illegal immigration.

But while some politicians paint the Southern border as lawless and out of control, the numbers don't support that, says Doris Meissner, the former head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, now known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

I have to admit, the last thing I wanted to do was read An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination. Sure, it seemed like every critic in the country had raved about this book, but a memoir about a stillborn child? No thanks.

Then, a few months later, I noticed a colleague reading at work and laughing out loud. I asked what was so funny, and she held up McCracken's memoir. So I picked it up, read it cover to cover, and then, because I was so awed by this book, I went a little ... crazy.

As state universities cut back on humanities programs in order to deal with budget shortfalls, LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y., is going in the opposite direction. At LaGuardia, philosophy is king: Of the 17,000 matriculated students, 4,500 are taking philosophy. There are seven full-time professors, most of whom have been added in the past two years.

I'm getting out my walking shoes to cover the miles of gadgets on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to the association that organizes it, we can expect a record 1.6 million square feet of the shiniest, newest, fastest, biggest and smallest laptops, TVs, smart phones, robots and appliances. All the stuff that most of us can only dream of owning. Here's what I'm expecting to see:

With college application deadlines looming, and some early decision letters already in the mail, high school seniors are facing a lot of anxiety.

There's enormous pressure on kids these days. But it turns out that getting schools, parents -- and even kids -- to ratchet it down is easier said than done.

Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass., outside Boston, is one of a small but growing number of prep schools determined to buck the trend for kids on the college track.

Fiction, say some, reveals truths that reality obscures. This is true of all sorts of fiction, of course, but nowhere is it more apparent than in works cut wholly of the imagination. Are you sick of the world of endless information? Are facts and factoids adding up to less and less truth everyday?

Perhaps it is time for something fabulous — by which I mean not something great to wear to your next party, but something fable-like in its imaginative insight into the human condition.

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