Stephen Reader

Stephen Reader appears in the following:

Supreme Court Lessons: Justice Stephen Breyer on American Democracy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Solyndra a Scandal? What it Means for Obama and Green Energy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For me, a scandal would mean that you do it for your own personal self-interest, and although there's a lot of smoke out there, no one has proven yet that this was done for political purposes.

Joe Stephens of the Washington Post on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Explainer: How Much Time Have We Wasted Waiting for Obama?

Monday, September 19, 2011

The President is infamous for giving speeches behind schedule, much to the chagrin of the Washington press corps, television producers, and internet streamers across the country. Which begs the question: Just how much time have we wasted since Obama took office?

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How Would You Change Regulation?

Monday, September 19, 2011

No one could possibly know every rule, and that's one of the problems with it...The rules are so dense that literally no one can comply with them. If you're a mean-spirited government inspector, you can find non-compliance in any workplace, in any home in America.

Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good and author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Who is Elizabeth Warren?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Elizabeth Warren, Obama administration insider and bank bailout overseer, is expected to announce a run for U.S. Senate Wednesday, challenging Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

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Bad News Roundup: Poverty Rises, Income Drops, Super Committee Meets

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of Americans living in poverty at an all-time high and the median income dropping—just in time for a deficit reduction super committee hearing this morning.


What Romney's Pawlenty Endorsement Means

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tim Pawlenty's endorsement of Mitt Romney makes no sense—unless you're Tim Pawlenty. 


The Politics of 9/11 Weekend

Monday, September 12, 2011

I would hope that if 9/11 does anything, it gives us a new global literacy. We had a blind spot on September 11th through which those planes flew. The best deterrent is to have a kind of global engagement, being more aware of what's going on around us.

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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9/11 Politicos: Where Are They Now?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ten years after the towers fell, where are the leaders and policymakers who shaped our response to the tragedy?

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Five Things We Learned from the GOP Field This Weekend

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Five Republican presidential candidates gathered at a forum in South Carolina on Labor Day to field questions in a pre-debate warm-up. Here are five things we learned.


Setting the Week: Palin, Perry, and the Prospect of Austerity

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Not having Perry on the stage will probably hurt everybody else. There will not be that target to shoot for. It's not necessarily about whether Perry is going to go on attack, but whether anyone else will go on attack against Perry. Mitt Romney is in the Pawlenty position right now.

David Dayen, writer at, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Endorsementpalooza Rolls On

Friday, September 02, 2011

The 2012 campaign is well under way, and while most politicians in Washington haven't decided which candidate to support, some have joined droves of state legislators, entertainers and activists in endorsing a candidate.

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As Tri-State Rebuilds Post-Irene, Politics of Disaster Relief Come Into Focus

Friday, September 02, 2011

Right now FEMA is being suffocated by this stupid idea that the more you cut will solve our problems. We're cutting and losing jobs. Our people need help immediately. They don't want to hear a debate between Democrats and Republicans about when should we cut and when shouldn't we.

—U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th), who serves on House Budget and Ways and Means Committees, on The Brian Lehrer Show.


Memoir, Nat Geo Sitdown Highlight the Early Diverging Paths of Bush and Cheney

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On September 11th, 2001, all eyes were on George W. Bush while Dick Cheney remained active behind the scenes. With the release of Cheney's autobiography ten years later, that dynamic appears to have been turned on its head.


Explainer: Did Hydrofracking Have Anything to Do With the East Coast Quake?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Many commenters wondered if there were hydrofracking operations near the Virginia-based epicenter of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. The answer is "No," but possible links between natural gas drilling and seismic activity are still being explored.

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Politics Reporters Race to Tweet Earthquake Jokes, Outlets Race to Cover Tweets

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

There was an earthquake all up and down the East Coast. Everyone tweeted about it! Some of them were even clever.

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Fighting Continues in Libya, but 'Post-Gadhafi Era Has Begun'

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A regime like Gadhafi's doesn't just collapse and go away. It's clear they're continuing to fight, but also clear that they no longer control Libya; they might control a part of Tripoli, but that's it. The post-Gadhafi era in many ways has begun.

Mark Quarterman, senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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2012 Candidates Praise Gadhafi's Fall, But Not U.S. Involvement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This president decided to follow, rather than lead... so he can't sit back now and claim 'look how well our strategy worked.'

- Presidential hopeful Herman Cain


Did Obama Win The War in Libya?

Monday, August 22, 2011

People will be able to say Obama got rid of Gadhafi, but for the Libyans this story is beginning rather than ending...It will be an interesting question whether Libyans can maintain any kind of stability themselves. If they can't, the West will really have to face the more difficult question of whether we go in on the ground at all to maintain order.

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

[Huntsman]'s starting to have fun with it, and when you're at 2.2 percent in the polls, you can do that...He's making the case that if his party wants to have a real shot at winning in the fall, you can't go with Michele Bachmann, you can't go with Rick Perry.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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