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The Takeaway

Is the Reefer Revolution Beginning on Constitution Avenue?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

On Tuesday, voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. Is the reefer revolution finally beginning on Constitution Avenue?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Deal in DC

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D-NY8) from Brooklyn, talks about the late-night legislating that reopened the federal government this morning and avoided default on the government's debt.

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Robert Costa, National Review's Washington editor, updates the latest on the shutdown/debt ceiling in Congress.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Immigration (Coming Together?) and Gun Control (Falling Apart?)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The "gang of eight" has unveiled its immigration reform plan and is hopeful that it can pass. Meanwhile, the bi-partisan gun control compromise may not get the required votes to pass. Bloomberg congressional reporter Heidi Przybyla, discusses the latest from DC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New to Congress: Sean Patrick Maloney

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative representing the Hudson Valley, talks about his new role in Congress and his legislative priorities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

John Dickerson's DC

Friday, December 07, 2012

John Dickerson, Slate and CBS political analyst, and panelist on the Political Gabfest, discusses the latest in DC politics, from ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations to today's jobs report.

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The Takeaway

Thinking Like a Scientist: Solution to Politics?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Is there a science to the way American politics is conducted? Rep. Rush Holt argues that more scientific thought is needed when it comes to the political system. Rep. Holt argues that thinking analytically — whether it's when drafting bills, negotiating in Congress, or creating new programs — would lead to higher value political policies.

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The Takeaway

When It Comes to Defense Spending, Republican and Democratic Voters Have a Lot in Common

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A new study suggests that Republican and Democratic voters agree on an issue that has divided their congressional representatives for decades: defense spending. The findings suggest that many Republican voters would cut the defense budget, even though their congressional representatives wouldn’t.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Dingell, Longest-Serving House Member, Faces Challenge from Ph.D. Student

Monday, April 23, 2012

U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has served in Congress since Dwight Eisenhower was president. He is the longest-serving member of Congress and, this year, he is running for his 30th term. But he is facing his first challenge from another Democrat since 2002. We talk with Daniel Marcin, a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, who is working to get on the ballot for the August 7th primary.

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The Takeaway

JOBS Act Makes it Easier for Small Businesses to Raise Money

Monday, April 09, 2012

Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which included many policies intended to help small and emerging businesses grow into larger, more successful companies.

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WNYC News

NY Dem Rep. Hinchey to Retire after 10 Terms

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, an upstate New York Democrat in his 10th term, plans to announce that he won't seek re-election.

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It's A Free Country ®

House Passes $1T Budget Bill, Avoids Shutdown

Friday, December 16, 2011

The House has passed a $1 trillion-plus catchall budget bill paying for day-to-day budgets of 10 Cabinet departments and averting a government shutdown.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Representative Himes on Banking Regulation

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

U.S. Congressman (D-CT-4) Jim Himes talks about his proposed bill that would loosen restrictions on community banks.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FEMA Funding and the Deficit

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), a co-chair with U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th) of the Hurricane Irene coalition in Congress, discusses ongoing budget negotiations in Washington. Then, Representative Pascrell, who serves on the House Budget Committee and is a member of the Committee on Ways and Means, gives his take on how the federal government can fund FEMA for disaster relief and overcome another looming budget impasse. Plus both react to NJ Governor Christie's decision not to run for president.

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: Celeste Reflects on Political Dysfunction

Thursday, August 04, 2011

After this morning's show, The Takeaway's co-host Celeste Headlee reacts to the Congressional deadlock over the Federal Aviation Authority authorization bill that has left the agency partially shutdown and about 4,000 FAA workers indefinitely furloughed. She discusses a recent Pew Research Center study which reveals that a growing number of Americans are disgusted with both Democrats and Republicans, and, as a result, are choosing to affiliate with neither party. Celeste reminds us that there is only one solution to political dysfunction: educate yourself and show up at the polls to vote.

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The Takeaway

Furloughed FAA Workers Demand Congress Pass Authorization Bill

Thursday, August 04, 2011

With Congress at an impasse over an authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Authority, the agency is partially shutdown, leaving about 4,000 FAA workers indefinitely furloughed. They have already gone one two-week pay period without receiving a paycheck — and that could last until September if Congress does not come to an agreement soon. 

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The Takeaway

White House Lauds Debt Ceiling Compromise

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

After weeks of a bitter standoff, Congress and the White House have finally reached a deal on how to raise the debt ceiling in the 11th hour. The deal was passed by the House of Representatives on Monday evening and is expected to pass the Senate early Tuesday afternoon. But some question whether the President conceded too much in the debate, and if the administration is calling this compromise a victory. For a perspective from the White House, we talk with Jennifer Psaki, White House Deputy Communications Director.

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The Takeaway

All Sides Gambling Down to The Wire on Debt

Monday, July 25, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner is betting that Americans want to cut spending only and not raise taxes. President Obama is betting that Americans see the White House as offering options to Congress — whether or not legislators take any of them. So whose bet will result in a win, whose will be a loss, and how will the gambling impact Americans and the world economy? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, talks about the latest news and how it's playing out. 

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The Takeaway

Deal or No Deal: Debt Deal vs. NFL Lockout Deal

Friday, July 22, 2011

There are two major stories in the news both revolving around deals that have been held up by long, entrenched standoffs.

First, the debt debate wages on in Washington. After hours of closed-door meetings with high-level members of Congress, rumors floated around Capitol Hill yesterday that President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner were close to reaching a debt deal that would call for as much as $3 trillion in savings. 

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The Takeaway

Patriot Act Extension Ignites Debate on Capitol Hill

Friday, May 27, 2011

On the Senate floor, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky sought to single-handedly block a vote which would extend two sections of the Patriot Act and a related intelligence law set to expire on Thursday night. The Senator's opinion stood in opposition to the majority of both parties who hoped to approve a four year extension. Senator Paul objected to majority leader Harry Reid’s "hurry-up" vote, which would not allow votes on several proposed amendments. Julian Sanchez is a research fellow at the CATO institute where he focuses primarily on issues of civil liberty, surveillance, intelligence and national security. He drills down into the Patriot Act renewal.

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The Takeaway

How Medicare Will Define 2012 Campaign

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote on Representative Paul Ryan's Medicare plan Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to take sides on what has become a defining issue for the 2012 campaign. The vote comes one day after Democrat Kathy Hochul's upset victory in New York's heavily Republican 26th Congressional District. The vote was seen as a chance to test the air on Medicare reform, and Hochul's victory made one thing clear: the winds have changed. Jennifer Steinhauer, congressional correspondent for The New York Times, says that with an election year on the horizon, Democrats are using the opportunity to puff up their sails — while some Republicans are scrambling to change tack.

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