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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The debate over intervention in Syria

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The debate over intervention in Syria

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The Takeaway

With 70,000 Syrians Dead, Why are Chemical Weapons the Game Changer?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Obama says the United States will not intervene in Syria unless there is clear evidence that chemical weapons have been used by the Assad regime. But with already 70,000 people dead in this conflict, are we splitting hairs over the techniques used to kill people? Does it really matter how people are being killed?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

President Obama in Mexico

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Obama is visiting Mexico Thursday. Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, talks about what to expect from the trip and the relationship between Obama and President Pena Nieto.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's Calculus in Syria

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, wrote last week: "One thing that [President] Obama has made very clear in his approach to war and peace: He abhors the prospect of uncontrolled escalation." Today, he talks about the Obama administration's "red line" when it comes to Syria, and the calculation of conflict.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gun Bill Defeat

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yesterday, the senate voted down a plan to expand background checks on firearm sales, as well as several other amendments gun control advocates said would help prevent gun violence. Glenn Thrush, Senior White House Reporter for POLITICO, discusses the vote, President Obama's impassioned reaction to the defeat, and what comes next.

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The Takeaway

Scientists Can Now Read Your Dreams, Obama's Budget Coming Up

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Decoding Dreams in New Research | Obama's Budget to Be Announced Wednesday

The New Yorker: Political Scene

John Cassidy and James Surowiecki on whether the economy is really getting better.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

John Cassidy and James Surowiecki on whether the economy is really getting better.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Guns and Immigration

Monday, April 01, 2013

A "gang of eight" senators says it is close to a blueprint for immigration reform. Jackie Calmes, New York Times White House correspondent, discusses the latest on immigration, President Obama's renewed push for gun legislation, and all the latest news from Washington.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

David Remnick and Ryan Lizza on Obama's speech in Jerusalem.

Friday, March 22, 2013

David Remnick and Ryan Lizza on Obama's speech in Jerusalem.

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The Takeaway

Choosing to Stay at Home, Peace in the Middle East, Oldest Light in the Universe Found

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is there Hope for Middle East Peace in Obama's Second Term? | Blind Spots in Our Kids' Education | The Choices and Challenges of Feminist Stay-at-Home Moms | New Photos Capture 'Oldest Light' in the Universe | Music Marathons | Our 'Blindspot': Hidden Biases with Real-Life Consequences

The Brian Lehrer Show

Understanding Obama's Trip to Israel

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In his new biography of the Fox News president, American-Israeli author and journalist Zev Chafets writes that he "got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn't work for him ever has." He talks to Brian about his book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, as well as President Obama's trip to the Middle East. Chafets is a former senior official in the Begin administration.

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The Takeaway

Obama Balks at Drone Transparency, New Stories for New Wars

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why Drones Are Our Modern Nuclear Bomb | Fire and Forget: New Stories for New Wars | President Obama's Goodwill Tour…of Congress | New Movie Releases: 'Burt Wonderstone,' 'The Call,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'Ginger and Rosa'

Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Old-School Filibuster Edition

Saturday, March 09, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Dave Weigel discuss President Obama’s renewed efforts to schmooze GOP lawmakers in order to resolve contentious budget issues, and Sen. Rand Paul's 12-hour filibuster on US drone policy.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ryan Lizza and Hendrik Hertzberg on the budget battles.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ryan Lizza and Hendrik Hertzberg on the budget battles.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The I'm Working from Home Gabfest

Friday, March 01, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The sequester gets real, SCOTUS weighs the Voting Rights Act and Slate employees work from home.

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The Takeaway

One More Sign that Washington Can't Handle Money

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The budget wars seem never ending in Washington D.C., with the sequester just one day away and no agreement between the White House and Republican leadership in sight.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Sequestering Obama's Golf Game Gabfest

Friday, February 22, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Austerity approaches, SCOTUS considers campaign contributions and the president putts in private.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

George Packer and James Surowiecki on Obama's embattled efforts to help the middle class.

Friday, February 22, 2013

George Packer and James Surowiecki on Obama's embattled efforts to help the middle class.

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The Takeaway

Should the U.S. Resume Diplomatic Relations with Iran?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Of all foreign threats, none may be as troublesome to the security of the United States as Iran. But with diplomatic relations between the two countries stalled, former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns discusses how the Obama administration should approach the government in Tehran.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Assessing Geithner's Term

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

President Obama's former "car czar" Steven Rattner, author of Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, discusses Timothy Geithner's legacy in the Obama administration and current economic news.

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