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The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction

Saturday, March 29, 2014

In a case that has stunned California's political community, Sen. Leland Yee is charged with trafficking shoulder-fired missiles and plotting with a character known as "Shrimp Boy."

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West Virginia's Governor Vetoes Abortion Ban

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Calling a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have made it a crime to conduct such a procedure in West Virginia.

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Activists Push Public Financing Of N.Y. Political Campaigns

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Even as the presidential public financing system has been all but abandoned, advocates are trying to bring such a system to New York state. What happens there could be a model for other states.

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WNYC News

This Week In Politics: Christie's In-House Cleaning

Saturday, March 29, 2014

WNYC

An internal report by a group of high-powered lawyers says Christie and his allies did nothing wrong. So why did Port Authority Chairman David Samson resign?

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In Politics, Hog Castration Cuts Through The Ad Clutter

Friday, March 28, 2014

When you see an ad like those for Joni Ernst, Senate candidate and ex-hog castrator, you're viewing a message meant to grab voters emotionally, a technique that works better than repetition.

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WNYC News

Now Hired: The Man Who Will Look Over the NYPD's Shoulder

Friday, March 28, 2014

The police department has a new watchdog.

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All Things Considered

Obama Aims To Soothe Strained Relations In Saudi Arabia

Friday, March 28, 2014

President Obama met Friday with the king of Saudi Arabia. There's considerable friction in the U.S.-Saudi relationship at the moment, with key differences over Syria and Iran.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Obama In Brussels And A Bridge Scandal Report

Friday, March 28, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss President Obama's speech in Brussels and his meeting with Pope Francis.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Jonathan Schell

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jonathan Schell spent a lifetime exploring war in all its various incarnations.  His 1982 book, The Fate of the Earth – in which he called for complete nuclear disarmament -- was called “the new Bible of our time, the White Paper of our age,” by Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.  He had been a lead writer at The New Yorker till 1987, a columnist for Newsday and New York Newsday, and, most recently, a correspondent for The Nation.  He died recently at the age of 70. You can hear his interview with Leonard from May 2003, when he spoke about the greatest non-violent moments in modern history, from his book The Unconquerable World.

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The Takeaway

Could the NCAA Union Ruling Help Women's Teams?

Friday, March 28, 2014

College sports are in the spotlight after a landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board determined that athletes on Northwestern University's football team have the right to unionize. But the ruling could also mean more money for women's teams.

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Afghanistan Getting New Leader, But Don't Expect Karzai To Disappear

Friday, March 28, 2014

Afghanistan could pick a leader to replace Hamid Karzai next week, but Taliban members are ramping up attacks. Al Jazeera's Abderrahim Foukara talks about the elections and the future of Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

House Passes Last Minute 'Doc Fix' Bill

Friday, March 28, 2014

Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What to Expect from the NYS Budget Deal

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, reports from the capitol on March Madness, Albany-style, as the big budget deal negotiations wind down before the April 1 deadline, including the fate of the Dream Act, public election financing, charter co-locations, and corporate tax cuts.

 

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The Takeaway

Labor Leader Reflects on Chavez's Legacy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day—a multi-state holiday designed to honor the Chavez's service to the community—Dolores Huerta joins The Takeaway to reflect on the era the work of Chavez and what still needs to be done for farm workers and other laborers in this country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Christie Report

Friday, March 28, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein talk about what Governor Christie's lawyer, Randy Mastro, found in his review of the governor's involvement (or lack thereof) in the George Washington Bridge closures.

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House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers Won't Seek Re-Election

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Republican congressman from Michigan is going to launch a talk show on the Cumulus radio network. He's been one of the GOP's leading voices on issues related to national security.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Be President?" Edition

Friday, March 28, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, Jacob Weisberg, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins. This week: Hobby Lobby challenges Obamacare, the Age Question haunts Hillary, and Dems attack Nate Silver's Big Data journalism.

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The Takeaway

Labor Leader Reflects on the Legacy of Cesar Chavez | NCAA Union Ruling May Drive Money for Women's Teams | The Takeaway TV Smackdown - Round 6!

Friday, March 28, 2014

An Awkward Meeting for Obama and Saudi King? | The Takeaway TV Smackdown Enters Round 6 | Labor Leader Reflects on the Legacy of Cesar Chavez | The Movie Date Team Reviews This Weekend's New Releases | Will the Senate Act Before Doctors Face a 24% Cut in Medicare Payments? ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Tale of Two Housing Courts

Friday, March 28, 2014

In New York City's housing court, 90% of tenants facing an eviction do not have legal representation, while 98% of landlords do. Mark D. Levine, Council Member from NYC's 7th District, discusses his proposal to increase funding for low-income tenants who end up in housing courts.

 

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On The Media

The World According to Google Maps

Friday, March 28, 2014

On Google Maps, Crimea is still a part of Ukraine, though Vladimir Putin is urging the mapping behemoth to redraw Russia's borders to include the Black Sea peninsula. Whatever Google decides, it’s sure to be politically and culturally fraught.

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