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The Leonard Lopate Show

Politics and the Tennessee Valley Authority

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tennessee Valley Authority is a government-owned corporation that provides electricity at prices below the national average for about 9 million people in parts of seven states in the southeast. It also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system. Ken Otterbourg talks about the why the TVA is currently in the political crosshairs. His article “Uncle Sam’s River” appears in the October 28 edition of Fortune magazine.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 8 of the Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Slate's David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the various legal arguments for Obama to take executive action on the debt ceiling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mob Boss

Friday, October 04, 2013

Former boss "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to become a government informant. His life story is told by Tom Robbins in his new book Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D’Arco, The Man Who Brought Down the Mafia. Robbins is an investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice. Jerry Capeci, who writes a weekly column on organized crime at GangLandNews.com and has covered the mafia as a journalist for decades, co-authored the new book.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ryan Lizza, James Surowiecki, and Evan Osnos on the government shutdown.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ryan Lizza, James Surowiecki, and Evan Osnos on the government shutdown.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: The Government Shutdown, Day 1

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Slate's John Dickerson and David Weigel discuss the likelihood of progress in the budget negotiations.

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The Takeaway

Solutions for Curbing the Shadow Government

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What if you knew that the government had a massive secret master plan outlining its response to a series of improbable disasters? William Arkin is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and the author of the new book "American Coup: How a Terrified Government is Destroying the Constitution." In this latest work he argues that secret American programs could be destroying American democracy in the name of saving it.

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NYT Excerpt: The Slow Bleed

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the implications of another close call on the debt ceiling.

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Episode 421: The Birth Of The Dollar Bill

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Before the Civil War, there were 8,000 different kinds of money in the United States. And a $1 bill wasn't always worth $1.

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Features

A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.

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Episode 482: Why The U.S. Keeps Sending Weapons To Egypt

Friday, August 23, 2013

U.S. military aid is unpopular among Egyptians and, increasingly, among U.S. politicians. Yet it hasn't stopped flowing.

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The Takeaway

What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder is the 82nd person to hold the title in United States history. But will Holder be remembered best as the man who eased up on drug sentencing, the man who refused to prosecute financial institutions, or will his legacy be marked by other accomplishments or failures? Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and author of “Do as I Say: Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss Holder's accomplishments, failures and his overall legacy.

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Airline Chart Calls Mergers 'The New Holy Grail'

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The federal government has filed suit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The complaint includes a US Airways chart that showing the recent wave of airline mergers.

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Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But The U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

Thursday, August 08, 2013

American military advisers in Cairo say the U.S. should stop sending F-16s to Egypt. Military contractors disagree.

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A Fresh Start On The Tax Code — And A Push For New Loopholes

Monday, July 29, 2013

Planet Money's fake presidential candidate would not be pleased.

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Episode 475: What Happened To Detroit's Big Plans?

Friday, July 26, 2013

On today's show, we go see what happened to all the big dreams Detroit has had over the years.

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Episode 422: Schoolhouse Rock Is A Lie (Or, How The Filibuster Ate Washington)

Friday, July 19, 2013

On today's show: Everything you need to know about the filibuster.

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Episode 472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming

Friday, July 12, 2013

Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan.

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Banks, Borrowed Money And Bailouts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A proposed new rule would force big banks to rely less on borrowed money, and more on money that belongs to the banks themselves.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Can President Hollande turn things around?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Can President Hollande turn things around?

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The Takeaway

Texas Governor Rick Perry Won't Seek Re-election

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry has set the stage for a major political shuffle for the Lone Star State with his announcement yesterday that he will not to seek re-election next year. How does this shift the political game in Texas?What does this say about Perry’s intentions for the 2016 presidential election? Ben Philpott, a senior reporter for KUT in Austin, discusses the change and what the move means for Texas politics and the nation.

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