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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: NSA Changes; Christie's Troubles

Monday, January 20, 2014

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, rounds up the latest political news, from the federal budget to Obama's NSA speech, to the national impact of Chris Christie's growing scandals.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DC's (Next) Budget Battle

Monday, December 09, 2013

Congress goes on vacation Friday, before then a budget deal needs to be reached in order to preserve several social safety programs. Lori Montgomery, politics and economic policy reporter for the Washington Post, explains why this deal is not a landmark of bipartisanship despite moving along (relatively) smoothly.

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Transportation Nation

Report: In 2012 Feds Spent More on Extreme Weather Cleanup Than on Schools, Roads

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WNYC

In the wake of our report on the costs to New Jersey Transit of Hurricane Sandy, a national report says extreme weather clean-up cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $100 billion -- or $1,100 per taxpayer.  That's according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmental group.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Stockman on the Corruption of Capitalism

Monday, April 08, 2013

David Stockman looks at Washington’s response to the recent myriad of financial crises. He argues that the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism. In The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman looks at some of what he calls corruptors and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets, including Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Fed chairmen Greenspan and Bernanke, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeland Security Spending

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Fiscal Cliff

Friday, November 16, 2012

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal and author, most recently, of Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget, and Mattea Kramer, Senior Research Analyst, National Priorities Project, and lead author of National Priorities Project's new book, A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget, explain what the fiscal cliff means, why we’re heading for it, and ways Washington can solve the nation's budget problems.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Follow-Up: How Big Is Government?

Friday, October 12, 2012

All this week, 30 Issues in 30 Days looked at Big Government, from environment to housing to the military. Bu just how big is Big Government anyway? Michael Ettlinger, vice president for economics at the Center for American Progress, discusses the size of government and the share of various spending programs.

→ Below: The CNN Budget Poll and Various Budget Charts Referenced on Air | Interactive Chart from CAP

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The Takeaway

Congress Agrees on Budget

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Here are two words we don’t see too often in Washington these days: “Bipartisan agreement.” Congressional leaders reached one of those yesterday to fund the federal government for the next six months — and they did it two months ahead of time. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Politics of the Federal Budget

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

David Wessel dissects the federal budget, a subject that is fiercely debated in the halls of Congress and in the media, yet is misunderstood by the American public. In Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget, Wessel looks at the 2011 fiscal year to see where all the money was actually spent, and why the budget process has grown so far out of control.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama's Self-Serving Budget Plan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

President Obama's budget shows him to be the same sort of self-serving Washington politician that have gotten us in the mess we're in now.

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WNYC News

How Obama's Budget Affects the Region’s Bottom Line

Sunday, February 19, 2012

President Barack Obama released his budget for 2013 last Monday. There was some good news for the region, but with pressure to cut government spending, federal funds also might not flow as readily to cities and municipalities in the region.

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WNYC News

Federal Budget Hints at Delay of Move for Plum Island Lab

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Obama administration has put the brakes on a plan to build a new lab that studies contagious animal diseases, a decision that has pitted disappointed Kansans hopeful about growth against New Yorkers fighting to keep about 200 jobs at a Cold War-era facility on a tiny island.

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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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Explainer: What is a Debt Ceiling? Can It Break?

Monday, April 18, 2011

We're not getting any room to breathe between budget battles.

After narrowly avoiding a government shutdown, which would have been precipitated by a stalemate over spending for the current fiscal year, new standoffs surrounding the nation's long-term debt are already on the horizon.

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Paul Volcker on Debt: This is 'the Debate We Need'

Friday, April 15, 2011

The White House might want to position President Obama as "the adult in the room," but that mantle surely goes to Paul Volcker when he darkens any door. 

And on the day after Obama laid out his vision for reducing the national debt, and hours after Congress passed historic cuts in the middle of a fiscal year, Volcker said, "It's all getting in line for the debate we need."

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It's A Free Country ®

The Politics of Deficit Reduction

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WNYC

Now, the Republicans are becoming so radicalized. They actually do want to repeal the social contract of the 20th century so that's what the next election is going to be about, these gains that were made in the 20th century and whether we want to continue with the deal that we make to each other as a people, and I think it's going to be a fascinating election because it really is a referendum on something important.

Jonathan Alter, MSNBC analyst and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

5 Things We Learned From Obama's Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama wants to cut $4 trillion from the federal debt in twelve years, with tax increases on the wealthy taxpayers, cuts to some defense, Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary spending, with a mechanism called a "failsafe trigger" to finish the job. Here's what else we learned.

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It's A Free Country ®

No Shutdown, But What's Next?

Monday, April 11, 2011

The debate that needs to happen is one that has to do with what we as Americans get from our government, what we expect, what we want, and want we're willing to pay for. That debate is one that I think a lot of Americans would be surprised to find out the realities of where the money is.

— Jake Tapper, Senior White House correspondent for ABC News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Government Shutdown Averted

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jake Tapper, senior White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses the 11th hour budget deal and what to expect from President Obama's deficit plan to be unveiled on Wednesday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Government Shutdown or Showdown?

Friday, April 08, 2011

John Stanton, senior writer at Roll Call and Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, discuss the possible federal government shut down unless Republicans and  Democrats reach a last minute deal.

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