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Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In the decade after 9/11, nearly 1,000 veterans became victims of the administration designed to help them. The Department of Veterans Affairs paid more than $200 million in wrongful death claims.

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The Takeaway

Texas Towns React to Fort Hood Shooting

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Communities around Fort Hood are dealing with the aftermath of an event that, as President Obama noted yesterday, recalls the horror of the shooting on that base in 2009.

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'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A dispute between Beaver State blueberry farmers and workers spurred Congress to change an obscure provision in a 1938 labor law. Some fear it will delay pickers' paychecks.

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The Takeaway

Views from The Eastern Bloc: Bulgaria

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today, the voice of someone who grew up under communism in Bulgaria, watched the transition to democracy, and is now observing the crisis in Ukraine from the United States, reflects on her home country and weighs in on the political turmoil in Crimea.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Big Ugly Review

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Larry Schwartz, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), goes through the details of the "Big Ugly" -- New York's annual budget for the fiscal year that started 4/1 -- plus what's expected before the end of the legislative session.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SCOTUS Rules for Big Donors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter for the New York Times covering lobbying and campaign finance, explains the details of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down some limits on federal campaign finance donations, and what it means for the influence of large donors in politics.

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Morning Edition

Democrats: Benghazi Probes Are Wasteful, Politically Motivated

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Citing millions of dollars spent already, Democrats argue politics is not a good reason to spend millions more investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya more than a year ago.

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Morning Edition

High Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took out a major pillar of campaign finance limits. The justices ruled a donor may give the maximum amount to as many federal candidates or committees as they wish.

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Morning Edition

Court's Decision Will Encourage Joint Fundraising Committees

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down limits on how much a single individual can give in total to candidates and parties. The ruling could give wealthy donors even more influence in elections.

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Morning Edition

Chemical Spill In W. Va. Tests Tolerance For Big Coal

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.

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Morning Edition

In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.

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Morning Edition

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

Thursday, April 03, 2014

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.

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The Takeaway

Iraqi Ambassador Gears Up for Boston Marathon

Thursday, April 03, 2014

When 36,000 runners in the year's Boston Marathon take to the starting line, Lukman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., will be among them. He says he's taking part in the run to to demonstrate his solidarity with Bostonians and his commitment to fighting terrorism.

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The Takeaway

Report: Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System | Are Campaign Contributions Speech? | TX Communities React to Fort Hood Shooting

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Report: Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System | Iraqi Ambassador Gears Up for Boston Marathon | The Takeaway TV Smackdown Wildcard Revealed! | Reliving Horror, TX Communities React to Fort Hood Shooting | Views from The Eastern Bloc: Bulgaria | Money and Politics: Are Campaign Contributions Speech?

The Brian Lehrer Show

Rebuild by Design; Tax Cuts for Parents?; Puerto Rico’s Problems

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York City is about to launch proposals for the post-Sandy Rebuild By Design project. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses the project and the plans to protect the coastline from extensive storm damage in the future. Plus: the details of New York’s new budget; an argument that the tax code should be friendlier to parents than to child-free adults; and an explanation of why people are leaving Puerto Rico. 

Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In practical terms, the Supreme Court ruling could mean more money flowing to political operatives and party committees.

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A Younger, Wealthier Capital City Turns A Political Page

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Democrats in Washington, D.C., rejected scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election bid, turning instead to a challenger three decades his junior and with appeal to the rapidly gentrifying city.

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All Things Considered

Drawing On Family History, Julian Castro Hopes To Paint Texas Blue

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.

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All Things Considered

High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.

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All Things Considered

Dogged By Scandal, DC Incumbent Goes Down In Primary

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.

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