CNN Radio News Day: January 4, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd R) arrives for a Republican conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.
January 4th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 4, 2013

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  • The U.S. House Friday approved the first phase of funding for Hurricane Sandy relief – nearly $10 billion. It passed by a 354 to 67 vote, with all of the 'no' votes from Republicans. GOP lawmakers have had a tough week, especially in the House, as the new Congress was sworn-in. Criticism included that drawn by House Speaker John Boehner, who earlier in the week delayed a vote on 'Sandy' aid. And some GOP members voted against his re-election as Speaker. CNN Political Director Mark Preston tells us what he sees for the congressional GOP immediately going forward:

"I think that you will see some in-fighting, but I think that's healthy. I think that it's ok to happen in an off-year,  however it would be really detrimental to them if it were to continue into the midterm election in 2014."        

  • Plans were submitted this week to keep as many as 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after NATO's official 2014 withdrawal. A professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University says it's been a mixed bag of successes and setbacks through 11 years of fighting in Afghanistan. Stephen Biddle assesses the current situation, with the surge now over, but with 68,000 American troops still there:

"In a somewhat better place. The Afghan security forces are substantially larger than they were then."

  • Columbia Records has been around for 125 years.  From its origins in 1888, the label became one of the biggest recording companies in the world. Sean Wilentz chronicles Columbia's history in his new book "360 Sound".  He says part of its success stems from its diversity of talent:

"I think basically it put its money down on excellence.  It was going to be great in every field that it was in."

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