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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5) weighs in on the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits extensions—and other unfinished business in Washington. Plus: a conversation about the outcome of the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa; the unrest in Russia and how the announcement of billionaire Nets’ owner Prokhorov's presidential candidacy factors in; lessons from Latin America about economic growth and the middle class; and a study about sleeping on the subway.

Rep. Garrett: Keystone Pipeline, not Payroll Tax Cut, is Real Job-Creator

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.

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Will The Durban Agreement Save The Climate?

Environment and energy reporter for Time Magazine Bryan Walsh on the recent agreement among the world's leaders to work toward a climate accord that includes both developed and developing nations. 

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The God Particle Announcement

Lisa Randall, professor of science at Harvard University and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, reviews an announcement from the CERN physics lab in Europe that scientists may have glimpsed the Higgs boson, also known as the "God Particle."

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Anti-Kremlin Protests in Russia

Nina Khrushcheva, associate professor of the International Affairs Program at the New School, senior fellow at World Policy Institute and author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics discusses the protests in Moscow, what oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov's presidential candidacy means for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid and why she joined the protest.  

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Learn from Latin America

Jorge Castañeda, who served as foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003 and is now professor of politics and Latin American and Caribbean studies at New York University, argues that the U.S. should learn from Latin America and protect its middle class. 

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The Science of Subway Sleeping

Carl Bazil, professor of clinical neurology and director of the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, talks about his subway sleeping experiment as documented by Christine Haughney for the New York Times

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