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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Ted Cruz Is One Angry Canadian Gabfest

Friday, September 27, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Debtageddon, is it coming?; Iran, is it good for the Jews?; revenge porn, is it legal?

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As Sen. Ted Cruz Enters Hour 16, The GOP's In-Fighting Worries Some Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.

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The Takeaway

Senate to Vote on House Budget Defunding Obamacare

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Senate is set to vote on a House budget that would defund Obamacare tomorrow. Congress must authorize new government spending by October 1—less than a week away-- or risk a partial government shutdown. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the political machinations happening in Congress.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Washington on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Gabfest

Friday, September 20, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: A massacre in Washington, a looming government shutdown, and an interview with Pope Francis.

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Boehner Bows to Pressure From Conservatives as Government Shutdown Looms

Thursday, September 19, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner agreed to a plan that would force funding for Affordable Care Act to be delayed for one year in exchange for a one-year increase in the debt ceiling. It's a deal that stands no chance of passing the Senate, and Speaker Boehner knows it could mean we're heading towards a shutdown. Joining us to explain what may happen next on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Brain on Technology; Latest Budget Standoff; A Turkish Perspective on Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson discusses his new book, in which he explains how our interactions with technology make us smarter. Plus: A Turkish perspective on the debate over intervention in Syria; Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal provides context for the next budget showdown in Congress; and an update on the mayoral race.

The Takeaway

A Government Shutdown is Looming—Again

Friday, September 13, 2013

In just a few short weeks, the current fiscal year ends. For now, there is no consensus on how government operations will be funded after September 30. GOP lawmakers are refusing to pass any spending bill that keeps funding for the Affordable Care Act intact. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how this might be resolved.

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For Rep. Sanchez, Questions on Syria Remain

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Members of Congress returned to work on Wednesday, and though President Obama called off a vote on military action, questions remain over exactly how and when a diplomatic resolution may unfold. Joining The Takeaway is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who represents California’s 46th district and is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

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The Takeaway

Live Chat: Should The U.S. Intervene in Syria?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today at 2:00 PM Eastern time, The Takeaway's John Hockenberry will host a live chat dedicated to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East as America focuses on possible next steps for action in Syria. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, also joins this live chat. Together John and Joseph answer your questions and ask your opinions of the road to U.S. intervention in Syria.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Steve Israel on Syria

Monday, September 09, 2013

This week, Congress returns from recess and is faced with a vote on Syrian intervention. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY-3) explains why he's urging a yes vote on a Syria strike, and how President Obama is planning to do the same.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Day Before Primary Day; Rep. Israel on Syria; Gramsci in The Bronx

Monday, September 09, 2013

It’s T-1 until the primary. WNYC’s Anna Sale and Azi Paybarah of Capital New York preview the mayoral primary and other city-wide races, and discuss how political groups are trying to influence the outcomes. Then, as the debate over intervention in Syria continues, PBS’ Hari Sreenivasan talks about impending votes in Congress; Rep. Steve Israel, discusses his views. Plus: a discussion about a public art installation in The Bronx.

The Takeaway

America: War Weary & Wary of Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

President Barack Obama has invited a national debate over American intervention in Syria. To get a sense of how Americans across the nation feel, The Takeaway welcomes three guests for a roundtable discussion: Ben Philpott, host of Agenda Texas for KUT in Austin; Craig Fahle, host of The Craig Fahle Show on WDET in Detroit; and Ben Allen, a reporter for KOSU Radio in Oklahoma City.

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N.C. Rep. Walter Jones & His Constituents Don't Support U.S. Action in Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) has come out against U.S. intervention in Syria, and he says that calls to his office are overwhelmingly against an American military intervention. Jones voted in support of military intervention in Iraq, which he now regrets. He joins us to discuss why his feelings changed on Iraq, and what that means for Syria.

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Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

If there were a word of the week, it would likely be credibility. As Congress debates authorizing military intervention in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack last month, politicians are insisting that credibility is on the line. Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times, weighs in on where America's credibility in the Middle East stands today—and what we stand to lose by not intervening.

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WNYC News

Interview: U.S. Rep. Grimm Withdraws Support for Attack on Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, initially supported President Obama’s proposed plan to attack Syria, but has since changed his mind.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Congress Should be For or Against Intervention in Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, discusses the reasons Congress members would be for and against military action in Syria and the possible outcomes of the Congressional vote.

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The Takeaway

Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria? | G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | When Should We Take a Digital Break?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin | Is U.S. Credibility Really on The Line With Syria? | British Lawmaker Calls for Second Vote on Syria | When Should We Take a Digital Break? | Building ...

The Takeaway

Congress, The President and War: A History

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While the United States has entered a great many conflicts in its 237 years, Congress has only declared war only 11 times. As President Obama seeks to convince members of the 113th Congress to intervene in Syria, Jennifer Weber, professor of history at the University of Kansas, explores the legislative and executive branches' historical relationship with war. 

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Sen. McCain: "Do We Want to Sit By and Watch this Massacre Take Place?"

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

As Congress contemplates another potential conflict in the Middle East, the next few days will be a moment for you to hear from your elected representatives. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) discusses his perspective on potential U.S. involvement in Syria. Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) also weighs in on the Syrian conflict, and calls for an international response to the country's civil war.

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The Takeaway

The Syrian Opposition & Possible U.S. Intervention | Veterans Weigh In on U.S. Intervention in Syria | American Lawmakers Weigh in on the Syrian Conflict

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Syrian Opposition & Possible U.S. Intervention | Veterans Weigh In on U.S. Intervention in Syria | American Lawmakers Weigh in on the Syrian Conflict | Congress, The President and War: A History