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The Takeaway

What You Need to Know In the Run Up to Mid-Term Elections

Monday, September 15, 2014

We're in the final stretch ahead of the mid-term elections. To take stock of the issues that could determine the future of Congress, we turn to Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The Takeaway

Wilderness Act at 50: Community & Nature At Odds

Friday, September 05, 2014

The vast majority of the wilderness protected in the U.S. today was created before 1990. And since then, few designations have gotten through.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Gabfest to End All Gabfests Edition

Friday, August 29, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and special guest Dan Carlin. This week: Executive action on immigration, the Ex-Im Bank and crony capitalism, and the centenary of WWI.

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Money Talking

Four Business Issues Congress Could Tackle This Fall

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tax inversions. Infrastructure. Immigration. The minimum wage. When the summer recess ends, what will Congress do about these business-related issues?

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The Takeaway

‘House of Cards’ Vs. ‘VEEP’: What Washington Insiders Really Think

Monday, August 25, 2014

Television loves Washington, and apparently so do viewers. We asked some inside-the-Beltway experts how 'VEEP' and 'House of Cards' stack up.  

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The Takeaway

MAP: Breaking The Gridlock in Congress

Friday, August 01, 2014

The midterm elections aren't until November, but the stakes are high. Republicans are feeling confident that they can win back control of the Senate, which would put them in control of both houses of Congress.

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The Takeaway

Tea Partiers & Republicans Clash on Border Bill

Friday, August 01, 2014

In yet another clash between the Republican leadership in the House and Tea Party representatives, a spending measure aimed at addressing the crisis along the southern border may be in turmoil. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cory Booker and Rand Paul Join Forces on Prison Reform

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, talks about legislation he and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, have introduced, called the REDEEM Act, to reform the criminal justice system. REDEEM stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, and also aims to increase the age of criminal responsibility.

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The Takeaway

The 2014 Midterms: The Open Races to Watch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We continue our game of Texas Hold'em —Senate elections style—and take a look at how the battle for the United Sates Senate might go. Today the deck is stacked with races with open seats, where incumbents are retiring, leaving the door wide-open for a new candidate.

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The Takeaway

Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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The Takeaway

2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Democrats have held the majority in the Senate for almost eight years now, but as the November 2014 elections approach Republicans are feeling confident they can take it back. This week, we're taking a closer look at some of the 36 races heating up across the country. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Prepping Resources for Influx of Migrant Children

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As unaccompanied minors from Central America cross the border into the U.S., some local governments are turning them away. But New York City is looking to help. Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, responds to listeners' questions and concerns.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "So Sue Me" Edition

Friday, July 18, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson. This week: House Republicans plan to sue President Obama, Elizabeth Warren rallies the Democratic base, and a woman is arrested for leaving her nine-year-old at the park.

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The Takeaway

Conflict Brews in D.C. Over Child Migrants

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The tense debate over immigration is evolving into an intraparty fight for both liberals and conservatives. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the conflict that's brewing in D.C.

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The Takeaway

A Solution to the Child Migrant Crisis?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

When it comes to the child migrants crisis, it seems that the narrative of political dysfunction continues in Washington D.C. But in fact, behind the theatrics, there are promising indications that a bipartisan deal is possible. 

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On The Media

You Can Watch Congress Edit Wikipedia

Friday, July 11, 2014

A number of Twitter bots are monitoring Wikipedia edits made from national legislatures around the world. 

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Transportation Nation

If LIRR Workers Strike, Don't Look to Congress to Settle It

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Get back to the table and stay there until you get a deal. That was the message Wednesday from New York's Congressional delegation.

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The Takeaway

Texas Bishop: We Contribute to Child Migrant Crisis

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Bishop Mark Seitz's El Paso diocese cares for many of the undocumented youths who have fled violence and poverty in their home countries, and he's been thrust into the middle of the national immigration debate.

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The Takeaway

Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs at Stake over Infrastructure Funding

Monday, July 07, 2014

According to AAA, Americans traveled more over the Fourth of July holiday weekend this year than they have in seven years. You might want to check out the impact of all the potholes and construction debris you may have run over. The hard winter means maintenance is well behind schedule on the U.S. Interstate road system and it may be about to get worse.

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Money Talking

Congressional Fights Against "Crony Capitalism"

Friday, June 27, 2014

Why the little known Export-Import Bank is under such scrutiny by Congress. Is it an example of crony capitalism?

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