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Boehner and Pelosi Team Up on Medicare

Friday, March 20, 2015

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will work together to fix Medicare. But how will it play out in the Tea Party caucus?

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The Takeaway

GOP Votes to Block Funding for Executive Action on Immigration

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Republican leadership insists that the vote has nothing to do with immigration and that it's all about holding the president accountable for executive overreach.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Reform Loses Steam as Clock Ticks

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: DC Reacts to the Zimmerman Trial

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bob Cusack, Managing Editor for The Hill, talks about how Washington, DC is reacting to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, from President Obama's comments to the Justice Department's decision to re-open the option of a civil hate crimes case.

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The Takeaway

The House Votes to Repeal Affordable Care Act for the 37th Time

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Today marks the 37th time the House has attempted to repeal the health care law. Is there any possibility of the law finally being overturned, and if not, why do Republican leaders persist in attempting to do so? The Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cantor, Obama, and the Future of Dems vs. Repubs

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a high-profile policy speech "outlining initiatives to 'Make Life Work'." Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal politics reporter, discusses the proposals, the future of the GOP, and the looming fiscal negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

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WNYC News

How Sandy Aid is Shaping Up as House Prepares for Vote

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote next week on the remaining $50.7 billion in Sandy aid, after $9.7 billion in flood insurance funds cleared Congress last week.

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WNYC News

Maloney ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ 113th Congress Will Be Less Partisan

Thursday, January 03, 2013

If partisan gridlock was the defining characteristic of the 112th congress, one new congressman is hoping that will change in the 113th Congress that started Thursday. Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney took the oath of office with his two daughters by his side and he says he’s hoping to build a record of results for them.

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WNYC News

First Day: WNYC Tags Along With Freshman Members of Congress

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The 113th Congress is now in session in Washington, D.C. That means new faces around the Capitol. Among them are two from New York City. WNYC's Colby Hamilton spent the day with Congresswoman Grace Meng of Queens and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn as they navigated their new surroundings on their first day.

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WNYC News

NY, NJ Leaders Bash House for Failing to Vote on Sandy Bill

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New Jersey and New York's leaders on both sides of the aisle are blasting the House Republican leadership's decision to keep the Sandy aid bill from getting a vote on Tuesday.

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WNYC News

Time Ticking Down for Sandy Aid Package

Monday, December 31, 2012

Even as a grand bargain to avoid the nation from going over the fiscal cliff is preoccupying lawmakers in Washington, backers of the $60 billion Sandy relief and reconstruction bill that passed the Senate are doing their best to get it through a very distracted House.

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The Takeaway

Is the House Broken?

Monday, December 31, 2012

The fiscal cliff remains unresolved, and on the cusp of the new year, it appears that dysfunctional government has trumped any self-imposed deadline. Former Connecticut Congressman Republican Chris Shays explains why the House might be broken.

 

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The Takeaway

The Impacts of Redistricting on Tuesday's Election

Friday, November 09, 2012

In the lead up to Tuesday's election, public policy experts worried that redistricting efforts would greatly change the course of races for the House of Representatives. Nate Persily, a professor of law and political science at Columbia University who works closely on redistricting issues, explains how redistricting impacted the 2012 election.

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The Takeaway

A Look at the Impending Post Office Default

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The United States Postal Service is approaching a $5 billion default. Suddenly, officials are saying we might have to drastically restructure our mail program, but the post office says it could all be avoided with a vote by the House of Representatives. Is there a solution in sight?

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The Takeaway

Representative Van Hollen on Congress' Tax-Cut Showdown

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Budget policy is at stake during Congress' current tax-cut showdown, but the situation is a role reversal from last summer, with Democrats are taking a hard-line stance on taxes. Representative Chris Van Hollen, a ranking Democratic member of the House Budget Committee, explains the situation on the floor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In The House

Monday, May 14, 2012

Robert Draper, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and GQ and the author of Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, talks about the House of Representatives since the 2010 elections.

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Opinion: Oops... Is Obama Having a Britney-level Media Meltdown?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You knew that Britney Spears was in trouble when she shaved her head and started chasing paparazzi with an umbrella. But she’s not the last to compensate for a career meltdown with unhinged contempt for the media. The latest is Barack Obama.

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The Takeaway

Why Don't More African-Americans Seek Higher Office?

Friday, March 16, 2012

When President Obama became the first black president in 2008, it seemed to mark a tremendous historical turning point for black representation in American political life. But four years later there has been no great renaissance in black electoral representation. If the number of office-holders was demographically proportionate, there would be at least 12 African American senators and six governors. In reality, there are currently no African-American senators and only one African-American governor in office.

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The Takeaway

House Republicans Reject Payroll Tax Deal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Republicans in the House of Representatives have rejected a deal that would have extended the payroll tax holiday and extended unemployment benefits for millions of Americans. Not passing the bill, which enjoyed overwhelming support from both parties in the Senate and the White House, will cause payroll taxes to go up by about $20 per paycheck for tens of millions of Americans. More than three million people stand to lose their unemployment benefits. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has called on the Senate, which adjourned Saturday, to return to negotiations, though Democrats are refusing to return to negotiations.

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The Takeaway

Democrats May Lose New York, Nevada House Seats Today

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two special elections for Congressional seats scheduled for today could end in losses for Democrats. In New York City, Rep. Anthony Weiner's old seat is up for grabs. Republican Bob Turner, a 70 year old businessman without any government experience, is facing off against State Assemblyman David Weprin. If Turner is elected, he will be the first Republican to represent this part of Queens in the House since 1920. Acorss the country in Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei is comfortable leading Democrat Kate Marshall in the Second Congressional District.

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