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Crist Reportedly to Run for Senate as Independent

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is expected to announce he is leaving the Republican Party today, and officially begin his campaign for U.S. Senate as an independent. This move comes as polls show Crist trailing challenger Marco Rubio badly in the Republican primary.

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This Week's Agenda: Goldman Sachs Execs to Testify, Charlie Crist May Leave GOP, Kentucky Derby

Monday, April 26, 2010

We take a look at what's ahead this week, with Marcus Mabry, associate national editor of The New York Times, and Latoya Peterson, editor of the blog Racialicious.

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Power Players: Sen. John Thune on Financial Reform

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Every week, our own Todd Zwillich walks the halls of power in Washington D.C. and brings back an interview for our podcast, "Power Players." This week, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) talks about the chances for bipartisan financial reform.

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Education Sec. Arne Duncan on Education Reform

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

We're 'Getting Schooled' this week on the future of education, pre-K through 12, in America. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joins us to discuss the reforms circulating in Washington right now.

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The Strange Tale of 'Black Liquor' and $25 Billion

Monday, March 29, 2010

Health care reform is now the law of the land, and after the months of protracted debate, you'd think there couldn't be any details left to tease out, but our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, discovered that lawmakers never once mentioned a $25 billion detail in the bill, pertaining to a mysteriously named substance: black liquor. 

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The Tipsy Accounting of 'Black Liquor'

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Republicans love to accuse President Obama of being "drunk on spending." And when I saw that $25 billion of the recently-passed health care overhaul bill was financed with something called "black liquor," I thought Democrats had finally decided to shed all pretense and live up to the GOP's epithets.

I initally thought (even hoped) that black liquor was some clandestine toxic Tennessee moonshine, or a minority-owned spirits concern facing pay-back for wronging a powerful congressman. No such luck: It turns out black liquor is a merely a dark, burnable byproduct of the pulp-making process, a fuel that paper companies across the South can burn in their factories to cut costs.

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Polls and Policy Making: What Does 'Public Opinion' Really Mean?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

After plenty of examples suggesting otherwise, a new Gallup poll out this week indicates a majority of Americans actually support the passage of health care legislation.

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House Passes Senate's Health Reform Bill, Reconciliation 'Fixes'

Monday, March 22, 2010

Last night the House voted, 219-212, to approve the Senate's version of health care reform, clearing the way for legislation to proceed to the president's desk. The House also approved a set of "fixes" to the Senate bill; Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has assured the House leadership that more than 51 Senators will pass the same fixes using the Senate's reconciliation rules.

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Rep. John Dingell on Health Care Reform

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has served in the House of Representatives for over 50 years.  At the beginning of every session of Congress, Dingell has introduced the same national health care reform bill: the same bill that his father, also a Representative from from Michigan's 15th district, started introducing in 1943. Like most Democrats on the Hill today, Dingell says he's heartened by the current state of health care reform ... though he'll readily admit that the current compromise bill is far from perfect.

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Can the Final Health Care Bill Change Your Mind?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Democrats unveiled the full version of the health care bill yesterday, which they hope to pass as soon as Sunday.

As congressmen and analysts dissect it, Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich takes us through what is new in this version that might change your mind about supporting, or opposing, health care reform.

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What's Wrong with New York? Brian Lehrer Explains

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Governor David Paterson is under investigation for potentially misusing his power. A representative just resigned (after allegations that he groped a male staffer). Another representative has stepped down from his committee post because of an ethics investigation. And to top it all off, the state government seems paralyzed in the face of an upcoming budget deadline. But how bad is it really?

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Takeouts: Rep. Eric Massa's Defensive Strategy, Listeners Respond

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Everyone loves a political dogfight. Rep. Eric Massa, freshman congressman from western New York resigned on Monday. Is that because the House Ethics Committee is investigating complaints that he made innappropriate sexual remarks to a staffer? Or because, as Massa says, his president and party have pushed him out? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins the show with a play by play in the tete-a-tete between the former representative and… well… everybody else in his Democratic Party.
  • YOUR RESPONSES: We asked you to weigh in about what is and isn't genius, and got plenty of feedback. We hear what you had to say.

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Takeouts: Lawmakers vs. Toyota, Olympics Preview, Supreme Court Rules That Ad Libbing Miranda Rights is Legal

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:   Some lawmakers may be facing a conflict of interest as they go toe to toe with Toyota executives.  Communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, Dave Levinthal, says many of these lawmakers are stockholders in Toyota.
  • OLYMPICS PREVIEW: Jason Stallman, reporting on the Winter Olympics for The New York Times, has the latest from Vancouver and looks ahead to Lindsey Vonn's upcoming race.
  • SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, Adam Liptak, explains the Court's latest decision that police may now ad lib the Miranda Rights.

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Black Farmers Win Settlement from Government

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Obama administration announced a $1.25 billion settlement yesterday, resolving a decades-long fight by thousands of black farmers who say the Agriculture Department discriminated against them in loan programs. At times, this discrimination forced them to lose their farms.

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TAKEOUTS: Congress and Health Care, 'Avatar' Breaks Records

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich talks about the latest on Capitol Hill, including where Congress is at with health care reform.
  • MOVIE TAKEOUT:  Director James Cameron is once again 'King of the World' as "Avatar," his latest feature film, breaks the record for total box office receipts set by Cameron's "Titanic," a decade ago. Thom Geier, Senior Editor at Entertainment Weekly, joins us with a behind the numbers look at the business of blockbusting.

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Takeouts: House Inquires into Bailout, Sports, Your State of the Union

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

  • MONEY TAKEOUT: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story previews some of the revelations set to unfold as the House begins hearings into the government's bailout of AIG. 
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the latest in tennis's Australian Open.
  • LISTENERS TAKEOUT:  In advance of the President’s address tonight, our listeners describe the state of the union in six words.

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Takeouts: Power Dynamics in D.C., Air America Folds

Friday, January 22, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown arrives on Capitol Hill, and our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at what's next for the Democrats and health care reform.
  • MEDIA TAKEOUT: Liberal radio network Air America will cease operations, filing bankruptcy after six years on the air. New York Times reporter Brian Stelter looks at why the network failed.

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Campaign Finance Changes in 2010 and Beyond

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Supreme Court's decision yesterday in Citizens United v. FEC will significantly change the legal landscape for campaign finance, allowing corporations, unions and other organizations to spend as much as they like for ads supporting a particular candidate or party.

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In Washington: The F Word Everyone Says

Friday, January 22, 2010

This week in Washington has been all about the F word you can say on the air: 'Filibuster.'

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Democrats on Health Care: Where Now?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

First off, a personal note: Yes, I was wrong about Massachusetts. I predicted Martha Coakley would likely find a way to win in one of the bluest states in the nation. I also said I was fine with being wrong. So there you go, my crystal ball didn't account for a Democratic blunder this big.

Now then, onto the business at hand:

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