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Why Congress' Budget Deal is Good for Business

Friday, December 13, 2013

There were signs of bipartisanship in Washington this week as budget negotiators announced a two-year budget deal that will hopefully avert another shutdown.  Now, will the economy start growing faster?

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The Takeaway

Bipartisan Deal Reached on Budget

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

There must be something in the water in Washington, D.C.—it's another day and another bipartisan deal has gone through. House Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a budget deal a whole 35 days before the January 15 deadline when the government would run out of money. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, breaks down what's in the deal.

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The Takeaway

States Anxiously Hope for Federal Budget Deal

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline looms and states are scrambling to fill in the gaps. In the wake of the Great Recession, state budgets are already stretched thin—and a federal default could spell catastrophe. Michigan state budget director John Nixon and California budget office deputy director H.D. Palmer discuss how states are coping.

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The Takeaway

Lessons from the Sequester and the Shutdown

Thursday, October 10, 2013

While few economists would argue that automatic spending cuts—through the sequester or the shutdown—are the best way to reduce wasteful spending, the cuts are in effect. Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, and Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, examine what the federal government has learned from the sequester and the shutdown: What spending is wasteful, and which programs are worth it?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Budget Battles

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

What issues will top the next NYC mayor’s budget agenda? James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, discuss budget issues – including union contracts – that the next mayor will face.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shutdown Day 10; Health Exchange Check-In; City Budget

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It’s been 10 days since the government shutdown began and since the new healthcare marketplaces opened for business through the Affordable Care Act. Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek talks about the latest on Washington negotiations to avoid default. Then, we check in with listeners who are in the market for health insurance on the process of signing up. Plus: "30 Issues in 30 Days" tackles the city budget. And we open the phone lines for motorcyclists to react to the road rage attack on the West Side Highway.

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Republican role in the budget battles gripping Washington DC

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Republican role in the budget battles gripping Washington DC

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shutdown: One Week In

Monday, October 07, 2013

The government shutdown in Washington continues as Republicans and Democrats continue to say they won't change their position on negotiating around the budget and debt ceiling issues. On ABC "This Week" House Speaker John Boehner also said that "we're not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," insisting that budget changes be made before a debt ceiling vote. Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, talks about the latest developments and where we go from here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shutdown: Day 4

Friday, October 04, 2013

The government shutdown continues, with lawmakers showing no signs of agreeing on a bill to fund the budget. Dave Weigel, Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor, discusses the latest news, the deepening impact of the shutdown, and yesterday's shooting at the Capitol, in which a woman was killed by police after she tried to ram her car past security barriers.

We're continuing to gather your shutdown stories. How is the shutdown affecting your life or your work? Big or small, post your story below, or call 212-433-9692 to join us on air.

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The Takeaway

The Shutdown Showdown: A Public Image War

Thursday, October 03, 2013

While the shutdown has had a very real impact, particularly on the 800,000 fuloughed government workers, with the near-constant speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, the shutdown has become a battle of public relations. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, examines who will come out on top in the 2013 image war.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shutdown: Day 3

Thursday, October 03, 2013

A late-night meeting between President Obama and Speaker Boehner last night failed to result in progress towards ending the government shutdown. Congressman Scott Garrett, (R-NJ 5th) discusses why his party is holding fast on including Obamacare in a budget deal, and whether there's any room for negotiation. Then TIME's Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer discusses the latest news out of DC, and the deepening effects of the shutdown.

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The Takeaway

Gingrich vs. Clinton, Boehner vs. Obama: Government Shutdowns, Then and Now

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In the weeks before October 1st, number-crunchers at the Office of Management and Budget prepared for a government shutdown. That day has arrived, as it did twice during the Clinton Administration, in November 1995, and again in December 1995. Sally Katzen served as the OMB's Administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in 1995-1996. She discusses the legacy of the Clinton-era government shutdown, and compares it to the budget showdown today.

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The Takeaway

As Sen. Ted Cruz Enters Hour 16, The GOP's In-Fighting Worries Some Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.

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The Takeaway

Senate to Vote on House Budget Defunding Obamacare

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Senate is set to vote on a House budget that would defund Obamacare tomorrow. Congress must authorize new government spending by October 1—less than a week away-- or risk a partial government shutdown. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the political machinations happening in Congress.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ryan Lizza and John Cassidy on Washington's fiscal fights.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ryan Lizza and John Cassidy on Washington's fiscal fights.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inequality in NYC; Obamacare Fight; Pregnancy Myths; War Games; August Wilson

Friday, September 20, 2013

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The poverty rate is up and the income gap is widening. Greg David of the CUNY Journalism School discusses new numbers on inequality. Plus: the politics of the budget fight over Obamacare; economist Emily Oster on her new book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, the links between the video game industry and the military; and the August Wilson Cycle.

The Takeaway

Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

October is looming, and if Congress doesn’t approve new spending bills the federal government will shut down. If this fight sounds familiar, that's because it is. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the budget battle is Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Rep. Westmoreland serves Georgia's third congressional district and sits on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Brain on Technology; Latest Budget Standoff; A Turkish Perspective on Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson discusses his new book, in which he explains how our interactions with technology make us smarter. Plus: A Turkish perspective on the debate over intervention in Syria; Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal provides context for the next budget showdown in Congress; and an update on the mayoral race.

The Takeaway

A Government Shutdown is Looming—Again

Friday, September 13, 2013

In just a few short weeks, the current fiscal year ends. For now, there is no consensus on how government operations will be funded after September 30. GOP lawmakers are refusing to pass any spending bill that keeps funding for the Affordable Care Act intact. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how this might be resolved.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Representative Jeffries on the Syria Debate

Friday, September 06, 2013

Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D-NY8) from Brooklyn, discusses the debate in the House over whether to intervene militarily in Syria and his concerns on its impact on his constituents. See where your representative stands on Syria using the widget below.

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