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The Takeaway

Immigration Reform Loses Steam as Clock Ticks

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The Takeaway

ENDA and the State of the GOP

Monday, November 04, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to a vote tonight. ENDA would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and while the bill has little support in the House, advocates are hopeful about its prospects in the Senate, as it's already gained support from several Republican Senators. Sarah Longwell, the treasurer for the Log Cabin Republicans, discusses the GOP interest in ENDA and examines what these crossover votes say about the future of the Republican Party.

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The Takeaway

After Shutdown Fiasco, What's Next for the G.O.P.?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In a speech delivered at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed the question: "What's next for Conservatives?" It's a pertinent question, as GOP poll numbers have tanked following the government shutdown earlier this month. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent explains where the GOP stands.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Politics of Extremism

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The audio posted here is from October 24, when this segment originally aired. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show from December 27. 

What are the structural reasons for - and solutions to - the recent budget gridlock in Washington? Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Thomas Mann, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, discuss their recent book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: "Was That the Alamo or the Battle of the Bulge?" Edition

Friday, October 18, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The why and wherefore of the end of the shutdown. Plus, what Facebook's new policy means for teenagers.

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The Takeaway

Crisis Averted: Congress Ends Government Shutdown, Raises Debt Ceiling

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Last night Congress ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, avoiding the latest manufactured fiscal crisis. But before the relief kicks in, know that the drama is not over. The budget passed last night is only a temporary one that will have to be revisited in December, otherwise there will likely be a replay of the same situation. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what happened and the way ahead.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fiscal Crisis Resolution; Sharpe James; Schools Chancellor Walcott; Wendell Berry

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hear the latest from Washington on a resolution to the fiscal crisis and government shutdown from the National Review's Robert Costa and NY Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Plus: former Newark Mayor Sharpe James; poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry; NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on teacher evaluations; and the listener suggested "Open Phones" segment.

Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 15, Veering Around Madly

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Slate's David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Matt Yglesias discuss the looming debt ceiling crisis as the shutdown enters its third week.

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The Takeaway

ACA Could See Changes Under Senate Compromise

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Caught in the middle of the debt ceiling fight and government shutdown is the Affordable Care Act, which will apparently get some tweaks under a Senate compromise. These tweaks fall far short of repeal or wholesale delay of the Act, but they make some noticeable changes. Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for the Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Parental Perspective on Politics

Monday, October 14, 2013

Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz talks about the challenges facing America and how they will affect future generations. For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems  discusses how important issues have been sidelined by gridlock in a Congress that is too concerned about the next election to worry about the future, and how the group of Americans who have the most to lose from this dysfunction are the ones least represented in government: America’s children. For the Next Generation is a call to action, one mother’s challenge to her congressional colleagues and to the rest of the nation, to adopt a parent’s perspective for doing right by kids.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debt Ceiling Update; Bloomberg and His Data; U.S. Senate Candidate Lonegan; and Arts Funding

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hear the latest on the fight over whether to at least temporarily raise the debt ceiling--and whether we're any closer to ending the government shutdown with NPR reporter Tamara Keith. Plus: the expansion of data analytics during the Bloomberg years; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey Steve Lonegan; and a conversation about arts funding under the next mayor of New York.

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 Takeaway

The U.S. Budget Battle: The End of American Prosperity?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The budget battle in Congress continues in Washington. The domestic consequences of a government default could be grave, but the international consequences could be just as dire. Stephen King is HSBC chief economist, and author of “When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence.” He argues that what we are seeing is not just damaging for the U.S. economy, but a sign that the days of American and Western prosperity are over.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 8 of the Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Slate's David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the various legal arguments for Obama to take executive action on the debt ceiling.

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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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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The "How Clean Is Your CR?" Gabfest

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The government shutdown, the Obamacare rollout, and the assimilation of American Jews.

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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

Understanding the Debt Limit Showdown

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Just around the corner an even bigger national fiscal catastrophe is looming. In September the U.S. Treasury warned Congress that if the nation's debt limit is not raised by October 17th the U.S. will run out of cash to pay off its debts. What exactly is a debt ceiling? And why will so much be at stake in this next political fight? James Surowiecki, a financial columnist for The New Yorker, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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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

Government Shutdown: A Sign of Failure or Success For Democracy?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In the Constitution, there is a fundamental tension between the decision-making authority of the majority, and the protections granted to the minority. We take a closer look the assertion that the government shutdown is a sign of a functioning democracy. Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, explores the tension of the American democratic process between minority and majority.

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