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Morning Edition

States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Congress planned to shave $8.6 billion from the food stamps program by closing a loophole, cutting benefits to 850,000 households. But it left states an out to avoid the cuts, and many are taking it.

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Will Democrats Change Their Health Law Message After Florida Loss?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Democrats' Affordable Care Act message, essentially "fix it, don't nix" obviously didn't lead to victory in the Florida special election. But it doesn't look like they'll be changing their approach.

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All Things Considered

Where Does The U.S. Stand On Secessionist Movements Abroad?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In an upcoming referendum, Crimean voters will decide whether to declare independence from Ukraine. Jonathan Paquin has studied U.S. stances on breakaway groups, and he explains what to watch for.

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New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The issue of drug sentencing reform has been getting historic traction in recent months, crossing ideological lines. Attorney General Eric Holder backed the "All Drugs Minus Two" proposal Thursday.

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WNYC News

Christie Heckled At Otherwise Breezy Town Hall

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The governor held his fourth town hall meeting since Bridgegate, and for the fourth time he didn’t get a single question about the scandal.

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Obama: If You 'Work More, You Should Get Paid More'

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Announcing he intends to change the rules governing overtime, President Obama said Americans have "spent too much time working more and making less."

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The Takeaway

The Economics of Sex Work

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The sex trade is a lucrative business, nowhere more than in Atlanta, where it rakes in $290 million every year—more than the underground drug and gun trades combined.

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What's Holding Up Ukraine Aid Bill In Congress? Anger Over IRS

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Republicans say that to get the measure passed new IRS rules that make it harder for tax-exempt groups to veer into politics must be withdrawn.

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Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew Dies At 85

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Askew implemented a five percent corporate tax and pushed for ethics-in-government laws such as the "Sunshine Amendment" mandating financial disclosure by public officials.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Also on Today's Show: As President Barack Obama and acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk meet in Washington, it’s looking increasingly likely that the people of Crimea may vote for annexation...Six days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, the country's leaders are facing pressure from around the world to supply some answers about just what happened to the flight.

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Overtime Pay Proposal Triggers A New Debate About Wages

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Economists are divided about the White House plan to boost overtime pay for workers. Some say the change would spur consumer demand, while others see a coming downward spiral for job creation.

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Morning Edition

Aid Package For Ukraine Moves Slowly Through Congress

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Democrats and Republicans generally agree that Congress needs to approve an aid package quickly. But it's proven harder than expected for everyone to agree on what should be in that aid package.

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Morning Edition

Republican Candidate Heats Up Colorado's U.S. Senate Race

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Colorado's Senate race is heating up with the entry of a well-regarded Republican challenger. Colorado is also the model for Democratic voter mobilization efforts in battleground states nationwide.

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Morning Edition

Obama To Push Expanded Overtime Pay

Thursday, March 13, 2014

President Obama is asking the Labor Department to update the rules governing overtime. The goal is to require millions of additional workers to be paid overtime — an idea business opposes.

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Morning Edition

Senate Committee To Consider Fischer For Fed's No. 2 Spot

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stanley Fischer, President Obama's choice to be the Federal Reserve's vice chairman, is on Capitol Hill Thursday for a confirmation hearing .

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Schoolbook

Opinion: Charter School Battles Leave Parents Used and Confused

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A public school dad who has fought to keep his son's charter school open argues for a little more nuance when leaders lock horns on education issues.

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The Takeaway

The Economics of Sex Work | Inside the Paralmypics: Curling | Teenage: Inside The Invention Adolescence

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Economics of Sex Work | Crimea Moves Toward Secession | Officials Take Heat Over Missing Plane | Inside the Paralympics: Curling | Teenage: An Inside Look at The Invention of Youth Culture & Adolescence | Adapting Society to an Ever-Growing, Ever-Aging Population

The Leonard Lopate Show

U.S.-Russian Relations; Catherine Deneuve; Sarah Ruhl's Play "Stage Kiss"; Lobsters and Pain; Bananas

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On today’s show: Russia expert Angela Stent, who served as an adviser to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, gives us her take on the unfolding situation in Ukraine and the other issues that are affecting U.S.-Russian relations. Catherine Deneuve, who’s been called “France’s greatest actress,” talks about her new film, “On My Way.” Sarah Ruhl tells us about "Stage Kiss,” her new play about two actors with a past who are cast as romantic leads,blurring the line between acting and real-life. We’ll take a look at a new study that shows that lobsters, squid and crabs feel pain. And we'll find out how the expected merger between Chiquita and Irish fruit seller Fyffes may affect the banana industry.

The Leonard Lopate Show

U.S.-Russian Relations Since the Fall of the USSR

Thursday, March 13, 2014

All eyes are on Russia and its hold on the Crimea. Angela E. Stent discusses U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. She served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, argues that the same contentious issues—terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East—have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR. In The Limits of Partnerships: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-first Century she explores Russia's relationship with the Ukrains, and the future of U.S.-Russian relations.

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WNYC News

Liu Sues Campaign Finance Board

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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The failed mayoral candidate says the CFB's decision to withhold millions in matching funds was unconstitutional.

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