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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alcohol vs. Marijuana

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Talking about marijuana, President Obama recently said “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” Denver-based journalist David Sirota talks about the connection between alcohol and marijuana and how alcohol played a role in the campaign to legalize marijuana .

 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

David Remnick and Ryan Lizza on Obama's legacy.

Monday, January 20, 2014

David Remnick and Ryan Lizza on Obama's legacy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama Curbs NSA Powers, but Keeps Data in Hands of Government

Friday, January 17, 2014

Coming on the heels of the Edward Snowden leaks, and a 300-page set of recommendations from a panel of presidential advisers, President Obama announced Thursday key changes to the NSA surveillance gathering -- but not the immediate end to the storage of metadata by the NSA. He called for an independent panel to advise the FISA court, and an end to the spying on foreign leaders unless there exists "a compelling national security purpose."

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On The Media

Watch President Obama Speech on Suveillance Rules Reform

Friday, January 17, 2014

At 11:00 AM, President Obama will be giving a press conference to announce reforms to the current NSA data storage regime. Watch the conference live on the embedded player below. Be sure to tune in to this week's On the Media for a special comment on the NSA surveillance story by Brooke.

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The Takeaway

The Complex Relationship of Presidents & Generals

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Throughout American history tensions have often flared between the Commander in Chief and his top military brass. But the relationship between the current president and the military might be the worst yet. A new memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly criticizes President Barack Obama's leadership in military affairs, particularly on the war in Afghanistan. Kristen Rouse, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a captain in the Army National Guard, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Inmates

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yesterday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates for crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison. Aside from the eight lucky ones, 500,000 people remain behind bars across the U.S. for drug violations. Joining The Takeaway to explain Obama's decision is Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Sanger on NSA Panel Recommendations

Thursday, December 19, 2013

David Sanger, National Security correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the limits on the NSA proposed by The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Panel Tells White House to Curb NSA Spy Program

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Yesterday, a panel of presidential advisers released its recommendations on the NSA's mass data collection program. The panel urged President Barack Obama to end the government's systematic collection of logs of all Americans' phone calls and refrain from tapping into any commercial or private efforts to collect data. David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, helps unpack the report.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: Why Don't the Homeless Just Use Uber Edition

Friday, December 13, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The bipartisan budget deal, can Obama resurrect his second term, and the effect of the super rich on cities. Show notes at www.slate.com/gabfest."

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On The Media

The Photographer Behind "Selfie-Gate"

Friday, December 13, 2013

This week's media coverage of Nelson Mandela's memorial service had little to do with the service itself. There was the unexpected handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro; the fake sign language interpreter who says he saw angels in the stadium; and of course, "selfie-gate." Brooke speaks with Roberto Schmidt, the AFP photographer who snapped the now infamous photos, about how the media have overblown the story.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ryan Lizza and Patrick Radden Keefe discuss Obama and domestic spying.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ryan Lizza and Patrick Radden Keefe discuss Obama and domestic spying.

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The Takeaway

Obama & Raul Castro Shake Hands

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Call it the handshake heard around the world—during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Cuba's President Raúl Castro was in a meet-and-greet line of world leaders and President Obama shook his hand. Many conservatives in the U.S. reacted quickly and harshly to the handshake. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to react to the meeting between the two leaders.

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The Takeaway

Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

President Barack Obama has revived his populist message and made a case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality. Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as Obama dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him. Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, examines how the President's message about income inequality resonate with the youngest voters.

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The Washington Report

Obamacare Website Improves & Syrian Chemical Weapons Cleanup Offshore

Monday, December 02, 2013

Eddie Robinson talks with New York Times Chief Washington correspondent David Sanger about the new challenges facing President Barack Obama's healthcare website, the long-running dispute between China and Japan, and how the U.S. plans to destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea.

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

International reaction to the Iran nuclear deal

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

International reaction to the Iran nuclear deal

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The Takeaway

What Do the New ACA Developments Mean?

Friday, November 15, 2013

President Barack Obama announced yesterday insurance companies can reinstate healthcare plans that were cancelled, or maintain existing plans that would otherwise have been cancelled by January 1st. But maintaining plans that would otherwise be deemed substandard could add additional complications for insurance companies. Julie Appleby, Reporter for Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to break down this policy shift.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Day in NY and NJ; Inside Election 2012

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

EVENING ELECTION SPECIAL: Starting at 8pm, Hosted by Brian

It's election day. Tune in and call in for the informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific Brian Lehrer Show exit poll. Plus: journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann discuss their new book about the last presidential election called Double Down: Game Change 2012.

The New Yorker: Political Scene

John Cassidy, Ryan Lizza, and Amy Davidson on Obama and Obamacare.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

John Cassidy, Ryan Lizza, and Amy Davidson on Obama and Obamacare.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Apologizes to French and German Leaders Over Surveillance Concerns

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel received intelligence from her government that her phone was under surveillance, President Obama called Chancellor Merkel and reassured her that her phone was not being tapped. That conversation came just a few days after he had to offer similar reassurances to French President François Hollande. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins the Takeaway to discuss this latest diplomatic riff.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 10, Shutdown Corner

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mike Pesca and Slate's Dave Weigel discuss a Republican proposal to end the shutdown and debt ceiling standoff.

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