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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington DC News Round-Up

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The House voted yesterday to pass a "clean" debt ceiling bill. Elizabeth Williamson, national reporter for The Wall Street Journal,  talks about the unusual vote and what it says about Washington politics. Plus: the latest ACA delays, and Janet Yellen's first testimony as Fed chair yesterday.

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Money Talking

A Deal to Fund the Government, What Happens Now? And Apple's New Retail Boss

Friday, October 18, 2013

The federal government is up and running again after a last minute deal that ended the shutdown AND raised the debt ceiling so the government can pay its bills.  For now.

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The Takeaway

Former Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal on Shutdown Aftermath

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Congress still has to reach a long-term plan for taxing and spending policies, and once again come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling in 2014. Otherwise, the Treasury Department will be unable to pay its bills. W. Michael Blumenthal, former Treasury Secretary and author of the new memoir, “From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century,” reflects on the nation's fiscal climate and his own time in office.

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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

The Latest on the Shutdown

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, discusses the latest on the fight in Washington over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. NPR Congressional correspondent Tamara Keith also checks in from Washington, and WNYC's Business and Economics Editor, Charlie Herman, explains what the political uncertainty means for the markets.

 

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WNYC News

What Happens if the Nation Defaults on Its Debt?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Two days — that's how long Congress has before the nation could begin defaulting on its debt. The time crunch has lawmakers scrambling to reach a deal. But what happens if they don't?

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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 Takeaway

International Community Urges U.S. to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Congress must act to raise the debt limit by Thursday or risk putting the federal government into default. The international community continues to ring the alarm over a U.S. default. Simon Johnson, the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, explains what a default would mean for the world economy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Latest on the Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Fight

Friday, October 11, 2013

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith discusses the latest GOP proposal to temporarily end the standoff over raising the debt ceiling and if the Democrats and White House will accept.

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Money Talking

What Happens If Uncle Sam Can't Pay the Bills?

Friday, October 11, 2013

The federal government could default on its debt if it does not increase the amount of money it can borrow by October 17. 

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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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Money Talking

Syria Debate Hits Budget Negotiations

Friday, September 06, 2013

The debate in Congress this week over whether to give President Obama authorization to take military action in Syria crowded out talk of economic issues like funding the government, raising the debt limit, picking a new boss at Federal Reserve and immigration reform.

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WNYC News

Two Ways Sequestration Could Mess Up Our Summer

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fleet Week hasn’t been cancelled. At least not yet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Jake Tapper

Monday, February 04, 2013

It's another busy week in DC, with continuing efforts to reach immigration reform, the confirmation of Chuck Hagel in the balance, and another set of negotiations over taxes and "sequester" cuts on the horizon. Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent and author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, discusses the latest.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: The Looming 'Triple Fiscal Fiasco'

Friday, January 11, 2013

Congress narrowly avoided the fiscal cliff, but now lawmakers face a three-pronged problem that some in Washington say makes the fiscal cliff look like a cakewalk. 

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The Washington Report

Defense Nominations and the Looming Debt Ceiling Fight... Again.

Monday, January 07, 2013

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan about the likely selection by the President of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary and John Brennen as Director of the CIA and the ongoing drama of the debt-ceiling negotiations.

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WATCH | President Obama Addresses 'Fiscal Cliff'

Friday, November 09, 2012

At 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, President Obama will make his first comments on economic policy since the election. The president is expected to address the "fiscal cliff" the nation will face in January.

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Don't Worry, Congress Won't Face Pay Cuts in Sequestration

Monday, September 17, 2012

Members of Congress won't see their paychecks shrink after massive scheduled spending cuts go into effect in 2013, but the police on Capitol Hill will.

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Opinion: GOP Should Welcome the Spending Cuts They Bargained For

Friday, July 27, 2012

Mandatory spending cuts are on the horizon, and the party of fiscal discipline doesn't do itself any favors by running from them.

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Opinion: Boehner Must Battle With His Own 'Party of No'

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Speaker Boehner has signaled support for the payroll tax cut extension, but it doesn't address his problem: whether his own caucus will go along with him

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