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The Takeaway

Obama Nominees Come Under Fire

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two of President's Obama's judicial nominees are facing sharp opposition from both sides of the aisle. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, explains the push back and the possible way forward for the Obama White House.

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Transportation Nation

Obama Urges Infrastructure Push in Tappan Zee Speech

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

With the White House projecting the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money this summer, President Barack Obama visited the Tappan Zee Bridge to press Congress for a solution.

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The Takeaway

Hope Fades in Ukraine as Conflict Intensifies

Friday, May 02, 2014

According to the Kremlin, all hope may be lost for an internationally negotiated deal in Ukraine. With national elections in just a few weeks, will Ukraine really be prepared to hold a free and fair vote?

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The Takeaway

Are New Russian Sanctions a Lost Cause?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Monday, President Obama announced new sanctions against Russian politicians and companies close to President Vladimir Putin. But if Putin has the Russian people in his pocket, he may not need the rich as badly as the West thinks.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama’s state visit to Japan

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Obama’s state visit to Japan

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The Takeaway

U.S. Tackles Tensions Between Japan & China

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo today, the first stop on his week-long trip through Southeast Asia. At the top of his agenda are the rising tensions between Japan and China.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Talking About How Much You Make

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

President Obama has signed an executive order prohibiting government contractors from punishing workers who discuss or compare their salaries. The idea is to promote equal pay by promoting transparency. Have you ever discussed your salary with a co-worker? How did it go and what did you learn? If you were surprised, did you do anything about it? Call in and tell us about what happened when you talked about how much you make. 212-433-WNYC 212-433-9692 

Update: The Senate's Paycheck Fairness Act which would have imposed the same requirement on private employers was blocked by Republicans today. 

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On The Media

Samsung Tricked The President Into a Taking a Product Placement Selfie

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

At a White House event, Red Sox player David Ortiz "spontaneously" whipped out his phone and took a selfie with Obama. Turns out, Samsung orchestrated the whole thing.

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The Takeaway

Turkey's Elections & A Prime Minister's Future

Monday, March 31, 2014

Voters in Turkey went to the polls to decide on more than their next mayors—the election could very likely be a direct referendum on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Evan Osnos and John Cassidy on Michelle Obama's trip to China.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Evan Osnos and John Cassidy on Michelle Obama's trip to China.

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Gabfest Radio

Pulling Open The Veil On Bitcoin

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: Obama's new foray into comedy, Wes Anderson's directorial style, the reworking of Sagan's Cosmos, the confusion over virtual currency, and more.

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Transportation Nation

President Obama: We've Got 100,000 Bridges that Could Qualify for Medicare

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Speaking at Union Depot train station in St. Paul, Minnesota, the president called on Congress to act on transportation funding. "If Congress doesn't finish a transportation bill by the end of the summer," he said, "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Analyzing the Obamacare Rollout Failure

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jonathan Alter, MSNBC analyst and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster, 2010), talks DC politics and his Foreign Affairs analysis of the how the president's management style led to a failed launch of the ACA.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Looks to Target American With Drone

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The U.S. government has identified an American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida and is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas. The administration is debating whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally. When, if ever, is it appropriate to use a drone strike to kill an American citizen abroad? Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, examines this question and the future of the U.S. drone program.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Steve Coll and John Cassidy on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Steve Coll and John Cassidy on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The State of the Union Cannot Be Saved Edition

Friday, January 31, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The "State of the Union" is lame, immigration reform is unlikely, and new news is the news.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Hendrik Hertzberg and Ryan Lizza on Obama and Congress.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hendrik Hertzberg and Ryan Lizza on Obama and Congress.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama's zen-like State of the Union address

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Obama's zen-like State of the Union address

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "Would You Like a Ride in My Ferrari?" Edition

Friday, January 24, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: David Remnick's Obama profile, Netflix's Romney documentary, and the McDonells' political scandal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour With David Remnick

Friday, January 24, 2014

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, talks about his recent Obama profile, his upcoming work with NBC at the Sochi Olympics, and more. Plus an "Ask the Editor" call-in.

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