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Charles Rangel, 83, Seeks 23rd Term in Congress

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WNYC

Charles Rangel, a Democrat representing New York's 13th district, has announced he's seeking a 23rd term in office.

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The Takeaway

The Speaker of the House is Fed Up

Friday, December 13, 2013

What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.

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Money Talking

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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Transportation Nation

Proposal to Raise Gas Tax Has Allies Outside Congress

Thursday, December 05, 2013

WAMU

The federal gasoline tax, last raised in 1993 to 18 cents per gallon, would increase five cents per year over three years and have future increases tied to inflation, under legislation proposed Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). With the Highway Trust Fund set to go broke in ten months, the congressman called on leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to raise the tax to replenish the pot of money that pays for rail and road improvements.

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Transportation Nation

Railroads Face Deadline to Install Technology to Prevent Crashes

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

WAMU

The deadly derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York Sunday may be adding a sense of urgency to the efforts of freight and passengers railroads to adopt technology that could prevent similar accidents.

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The Takeaway

As Hours Wane, Can Congress Get Productive?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Hobby Lobby Liberal Sobby Edition

Friday, November 29, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Iran nuclear deal, the Obamacare contraception court case, and the filibuster nuclear option. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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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. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest.

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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

As the government shutdown drags on into its second week and the US teeters on the brink of defaulting on its debt, Ben Hall, world news editor, is joined by Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief, and Edward Luce, chief US commentator, to discuss how badly the Republicans have been damaged by the budget battles and whether they should be worried about the political consequences of their uncompromising stance.

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