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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Criticism of Obama over Drone Attacks

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Mary Ellen O'Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at Notre Dame University, discusses major human rights organizations' criticism of the Obama administration's use of drone strikes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did It Work? The Small Business Lending Fund

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, begins a weekly series this month looking at Obama administration economic stimulus programs. This week: the Small Business Lending Fund.

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The Washington Report

Debate Over National Debt Limit: Is a "Balanced Approach" Possible?

Monday, July 04, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, joins Yasmeen Khan to discuss U.S. lawmakers' continuing efforts to reach an agreement on the debt limit. Senators are off today, but they're forgoing the rest of their July 4th recess to get back to work tomorrow.

The Washington Report

A Closer Look at President Obama's Drawdown in Afghanistan

Monday, June 27, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Obama's plans in Afghanistan and on Congressional lawmakers' decision to condemn the administration's role in the conflict in Libya.

The Washington Report

President Obama Weighs Options for Afghan Pullout

Monday, June 20, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs President Obama's gameplan in Afghanistan and a former ambassador's decision to enter the race for the White House.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

An Update on the Thomas Drake Case

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Back in May, we spoke to The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer about her article, “The Secret Sharer” as part of our Backstory series. Mayer’s article discussed the case of former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake who is facing charges of violating the 1917 Espionage Act as part of the Obama Administration's efforts to crack down on national security leaks.

In today’s Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima reports that the government has withdrawn some of the documents that Drake had been accused of leaking to a Baltimore Sun reporter. Legal experts say that this weakens the government's case.

UPDATE: on Friday, June 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Thomas Drake will plead guilty to the unauthorized use of a government computer, a misdemeanor offense. The government will drop the rest of the charges.

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The Washington Report

President Obama and "Gang of Six" Take on Federal Deficit

Monday, April 11, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on two plans to reduce the federal deficit, which now stands at more than $14 trillion.

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The Washington Report

Japan's Radioactive Water and Obama on Libya

Monday, March 28, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Obama's upcoming speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya and radioactive water at Japan's damaged nuclear plant.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What The Giffords Shooting Means For Washington

Monday, January 10, 2011

Jonathan Alter talks about the Arizona shootings and what this means for Washington. Alter is a correspondent for Newsweek, a columnist for Bloomberg News and The Daily Beast, an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (now in paperback).  He is joined by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4).

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The Takeaway

Congress Tackles Health Care, Obama Appoints Daley

Friday, January 07, 2011

It's been a big week as Washington gets back to work. There are questions about whether the Republican-dominated House can actually repeal the health care plan. Meanwhile, Democrats are finally "finding their voice" on health care, says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, as they prepare to counter GOP claims about the bill.

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The Takeaway

Economists See Growth with Unemployment Report

Friday, January 07, 2011

The Labor Department is expected to release December unemployment numbers this morning. And there are rumors the president may also announce a new chief economic adviser to replace Lawrence Summers. Unemployment is likely to remain hovering around 10 percent, but the report is expected to show positive growth from a moth ago when unemployment rose to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent. And last week, the new claims for jobless benefits increased, while the average number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance declined — a sign of a recovering economy.

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The Takeaway

Pakistanis Suing CIA For Deaths From Drone Attacks

Friday, December 10, 2010

In Pakistan, the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIViC) is calling on the U.S. to acknowledge the number of civilians killed by drone attacks. According to the group, about 1,000 civilians have died in drone-related attacks; the U.S. says few civilians have been killed. We talk with the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, in Islamabad, for more on this story.

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The Takeaway

After Elections, More Compromise Between White House, Congress?

Monday, November 08, 2010

Although President Obama didn’t exactly eat humble pie after the Republicans won the House in last week’s mid-term elections, it does seem like he’s starting to lean towards making some big compromises with members of the GOP in the coming months.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Afghanistan

Friday, October 08, 2010

Bob Woodward, associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of Obama's Wars, talks about his behind-the-scenes exploration of Obama's policy in Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

Bob Woodward Analyzes 'Obama's Wars'

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Everyone talks to Bob Woodward," New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker told The Takeaway last week. Baker was talking about the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist's latest tome, "Obama's Wars," which has captivated Washington with its revelations of bitter infighting in the president's national security team.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whither The Activist Generation?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, discusses his recent Huffington Post article about the Obama generation and their struggle to stay engaged — despite their disappointments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Omar Al-Nidawi and Fred Kaplan

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Omar Al-Nidawi, political analyst and co-author of the blog "Iraq the Model," and Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" columnist for Slate, comment on Obama's latest speech on the war in Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Unveiling Spending, Efficiency of Intelligence Contractors

Monday, July 19, 2010

This morning, Washington Post reporter Dana Priest broke an exclusive story about the increased use of intelligence contractors. After years of research and information gathering, Priest found that billions of dollars are being wasted because of redundancies between the intelligence community and its contractors. And even though many top government officials know this is going on, little is being done to make operations more efficient or rein in spending.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Sues Arizona Over Immigration Law

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Obama Administration has filed suit against Arizona's controversial new immigration law, seeking to block the law from taking effect next month. Justice Department officials filed the suit in Federal District Court in Phoenix Tuesday afternoon. The bottom line from U.S. Attorneys is that immigration is a national concern and that Arizona's law is unconstitutional because the state doesn't have the right to enforce immigration laws by itself. "The United States Constitution forbids Arizona from supplanting the federal government’s immigration regime with its own state-specific immigration policy," the lawsuit states.

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The Takeaway

Gen. McChrystal's Future: Uncertain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal meets with President Obama today, as the fallout from a Rolling Stone article remains front and center in Washington. In his article, journalist Michael Hastings (who was on The Takeaway yesterday) quotes the general and his aides making disparaging remarks about various administration officials, including Vice President Biden and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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