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Does Yogurt Deserve to be New York's Snack?

Friday, May 09, 2014

Yogurt was battled over in the State Senate — for nearly 45 minutes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

End of Session Albany: Will Anything Get Done?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Albany legislators stayed late last night and are back this morning to conclude the session. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senator (D-Westchester) and Democratic conference leader, discusses the work still to be done, including the disputed women's equality bills.

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The Takeaway

Do Acts of War Need Acts of Congress?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Since President Obama authorized military action in Libya, politicians on both sides of the aisle have complained the president did not follow the proper and legal channels towards war. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said the President's decision might render him impeachable. House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) complained that Obama hadn't briefed members of Congress. Technically speaking, should the President have asked Congress before attacking Libya? 

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The Takeaway

Repeal of Health Care Law Fails in Senate

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The health care debate isn't subsiding in Washington. A Republican effort to repeal the health care law failed in the Senate Wednesday night, while a Democratic amendment to repeal the law's new tax-reporting requirements passed with bipartisan support. Senate Republicans vowed this will not be their last attempt to repeal the law. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich lays out the roadmap for the Republican plan to piece-by-piece tear away at the law.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: The Republican Bandwagon, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

As the winds of political fortune change in Congress, some state lawmakers are crossing the party line themselves. Democrat lawmakers are going Republican in order — they say — to keep their constituents and more accurately represent their district.

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The Takeaway

Is the Tea Party Pulling the GOP Too Far Right?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today we consider the conversation happening between the Tea Party and the GOP to see if the two groups can converge on the same page. Delaware resident and leader of the Diamond State Tea Party Kevin Street joins us from the Tea Party. Conservative political journalist and blogger Reihan Salam, of the National Review, considers the fall implications for the GOP.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Charlie Rangel to Face House Ethics Panel

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) may face the biggest fight of his long political career when he faces a public ethics hearing on Capitol Hill later this afternoon. At the heart of the hearing are allegations that Rangel underreported his rental income on a villa in the Dominican Republic, held multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, and misused congressional stationery to solicit private donations for a City College center that bore his name.

Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) may be facing the biggest fight of his long political career when he faces a public ethics hearing on Capitol Hill later this afternoon.  At the heart of this hearing are allegations that the Congressman underreported his rental income on a villa in the Domincan Republic, held multiple rent stabilized apartments in New York City, and misused Congressional stationary to solicit private donations for a City College center that bore his name.  

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The Takeaway

Out Takes: The financial history of financial panics

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You’ve probably heard our recession compared to the financial crisis of the 1930s. But in today’s out take, we’re talking to Scott Nelson, a professor of History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, who is researching the history of financial panics. He says that our current crisis has more in common with the so-called “Long Depression” that began in 1873, than the “Great Depression” of the 1930s. Since we've never heard of the “Long Depression” we asked Mr. Nelson to explain.

Professor Nelson is the author of the book Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend.

We tried to find something about the Long Depression, but couldn't, so here is Tom Waits singing over Dorothea Lange's and Walker Evans' iconic photos of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. It's no Spaghetti Cat, but it will do.

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Out Takes: Juan Enriquez looks for a clear road map for the stimulus

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

President Obama is preparing to sign the $787 billion stimulus package today. It’s a spending plan that will send the nation deeper into debt in an effort to buoy our economy. It’s also a move that sends deep doubt through Juan Enriquez. He’s a bestselling author of The Untied States of America, businessman, academic, and now managing director at Excel Medical Ventures and he has some serious opinions on the stimulus package.

Here is Juan Enriquez's talk at the 2008 TED conference:


"The last thing empires do is drive themselves into bankruptcy. And it's happened empire after empire, it's happened to king after king."
— Businessman and academic Juan Enriquez on the government's spending as part of the economic stimulus package

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