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The Senate Begins Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's going to come down to a debate over security versus equity for illegal immigrants in the U.S. The senate begins debate this week on a compromise immigration reform bill that is not a done deal despite the optimism from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Momentum has a way of becoming molasses in this congress. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich weighs in.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Olympia Snowe; Cost of Mammograms; State of Friendship

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) says a partisan atmosphere in Washington inspired her not to run for re-election. She talks about her recommendations for moving beyond the divide in Congress and her approach to politics in her new book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress. Plus: Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, returns to discuss the data on the cost of mammograms collected with WNYC. Then, a report on the “State of Friendship”; and New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald discusses one person’s life featured on today’s obit page.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Olympia Snowe on Bipartisan Progress

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This interview originally aired live on May 22, 2013. An edited version was aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Former Senator (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe, talks about her recommendations for bridging the partisan divide in Washington and what she learned during her time in office. She is the author now of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress .

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The Takeaway

Congressional Investigation: Apple Avoided Billions of Dollars in Taxes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Congressional investigation into Apple's finances reveals that the tech company has avoided billions of dollars in taxes in the United States by setting up some of the company's top employees abroad and effectively making them exempt from taxes. Charles Herman, economics editor for WNYC Radio, has the latest on what this means for the nation's largest tech company. 

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The Takeaway

Congress Holds Hearing on I.R.S. Targeting of Conservative Groups

Friday, May 17, 2013

Congress holds the first hearing today into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for unwarranted scrutiny. Over a series of hearings, the House Ways and Means Committee will question current and former officials about the screening of applications for tax-exempt status.

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Senator Gillibrand on Sexual Assault in the Military, Implementing the Affordable Care Act, Responses: Your Most Difficult Boss

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sexual Assault in the Military: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Proposals for Change | Obama Administration Tries to Juggle Multiple Crises | Oregon Leading the Way on Implementation of Affordable Care Act | Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts | Revisiting the Tailhook Sexual Assault Scandal

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Google's Vision for "The New Digital Age," The Music Scene of Minneapolis, How the ACA Affects Independent Care Providers

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Is Angelina Jolie's Medical Choice Available to All Women? | Rep. Keith Ellison on Islamophobia and Home-Grown Terrorism | The Music Scene of Minneapolis |The Death of American Liberalism? | How does the Affordable Care Act Affect Independent Care Providers? | Google's Vision for “The New Digital Age"

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Online Sales Tax Debate

Friday, May 10, 2013

Congress is debating whether to change the way sales taxes work for online purchases.  Jodi Schneider, Bloomberg News Congress editor, discusses the bill and who would win and lose. Business owners: What's your take on online sales tax? How would this bill affect your bottom line? Your customers'? Call 212-433-9692 or post your take here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Online Sales Tax; John Catsimatidis; Marijuana Addiction

Friday, May 10, 2013

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes if they make $1 million or more. We’ll hear about its status in the House and take calls from business owners. And a May series on marijuana legalization continues with a look at addiction and health. Plus: John Catsimatidis on his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor; a science journalist talks about making the decision to freeze her eggs; and the secret language of Craigslist real estate postings.

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Revisiting Benghazi

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is getting his wish to revisit the events in Benghazi Libya last year when the consulate was attacked and U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on the hearing from Capitol Hill.

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Should the U.S. Provide Weapons to Syrian Opposition?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

On Monday, New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee introduced a bill that would allow the US to provide weapons to the Syrian opposition.  He spoke to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich about the proposed legislation.

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WNYC News

Internet Sales Tax Could Boost State Coffers

Monday, April 29, 2013

After years of on-again-off-again debate, Congress is close to passing a bill that would require online retailers to collect sales tax. The move would end the advantage the virtual marketplace has over local bricks-and-mortar stores

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Congress Questions Actions of FBI and CIA on Handling of Tsarnaev Case

Friday, April 26, 2013

Congress now wants to know why the FBI did not pursue further investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect killed last week. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich walks us through how Congress is digesting the Boston attacks, and what that might mean for security policy.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: A Guy Named Plotz Makes Jokes About a Guy Named Weiner Gabfest

Friday, April 12, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: A gun bill gains momentum, the Obama budget courts controversy and Anthony Weiner wants redemption.

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Hearings for Obama Judicial Nominee Begin Today

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The most important court in Washington, D.C. may just be the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The D.C. Circuit, as it's known, hears some of the most important federal cases. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings today on the nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit.

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The Takeaway

Deregulating GMOs, the Tech Gender Gap, Forgetting About Gun Control

Monday, April 01, 2013

How an Anonymous Rider Functionally Deregulated GMOs | Congress, Like the Rest of America, Losing Interest in Gun Control | Closing the Gender Gap in Tech | Does Finding Purpose Have Health Benefits?

The Takeaway

The Shadowy, Byzantine Process of Political Rule-Making

Friday, March 29, 2013

Getting a bill signed into law seems like quite a victory, but for major legislation, getting the president's signature doesn't automatically set the entire law in motion. The process is actually much more complicated.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Everybody's Back Hurts Gabfest

Friday, March 29, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Marriage equality, gun control and the disability epidemic.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Congress and War

Friday, March 22, 2013

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History and Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at The Cato Institute and author of several books including, The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free, discuss how current Congressional Republicans' positions on war and defense spending have been influenced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Oversight Plan; Education in NJ; Veterans for Hire

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A proposal in the New York City Council would create an Inspector General to oversee New York Police Department action. Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, architects of the bill, talk about the oversight proposal and what chance it has of becoming law. Plus: Nancy Solomon of NJPR and John Mooney of NJSpotlight.com discuss highlights from Brian’s education panel discussion in New Jersey; an update on gun control measures in Senate; the “Ask a Bioethicist” series continues with a look at neuro-enhancement; and a discussion for veterans on how to nail a civilian interview and use skills to your advantage.