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The Takeaway

Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The economic climate of today's Russia is nothing like the Soviet Union's was two decades ago — and that could be the crucial factor that prevents the current conflict over Crimea from escalating.

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The Takeaway

How Does a Plane Go Missing?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's the mystery that has captured the world's attention for the last four days: The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 a Boeing 777 carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. How does a plane simply vanish? Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Feinstein: CIA is Spying on Congress

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair the Senate Intelligence Committee, has launched a scathing attack about the behavior of the very agency she has spent years defending: The CIA. Senator Feinstein says the CIA has been spying on Congress. Other than what this means for the separation of powers, she says the agency has been involved in a catalog of cover-ups, intimidation and smears. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, has been on the ground in D.C. following these developments.

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New Jersey News

Bridgegate Goes To Court

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Live coverage of the first major court battle of what could be many in the Bridgegate saga: two former top aides to Gov. Christie are fighting Democratic attempts to subpoena their documents.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tish James: This Isn't About Charters, It's About Co-Location

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Though she insists that she "believes in school choice," New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is pushing a lawsuit to block the co-location of 36 charter schools approved by Mayor de Blasio.

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Obama Goes Between The Ferns To Talk With Zach Galifianakis

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hoping to boost young people's enrollment in health insurance, President Obama appeared on the Web-based show Between Two Ferns, where he fielded questions from comedian Galifianakis.

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Florida Election Tests Midterm Messaging

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A closely contested House special election Tuesday is being viewed by the national parties and big-money interests as an early barometer for Obamacare.

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Morning Edition

Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

State officials on Monday told a state House panel that if the legislation involving Holocaust reparations passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a planned light rail project in the state.

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Morning Edition

Fla. Lawmakers Turn Deaf Ear Toward 'Stand Your Ground' Protesters

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This legislative session in Florida, one of the Republican authors of the "stand your ground" law is teaming with a Democratic leader on a bill to make some significant changes to the law.

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WNYC News

Meet Christie's $650-an-Hour Man

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Randy Mastro will "fight you to the end," and you certainly don't want to "meet Randy down a dark alley." And that's just what the man leading Gov. Christie's internal review of Bridgegate wants you to know.

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Morning Edition

Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In an interview, Eric Holder says he's open to talking with Edward Snowden about terms of surrender. The attorney general is unhappy with the vote to block a nominee to a top Justice Department post.

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The Takeaway

Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It | Music Identity from SXSW to Seattle | J. Craig Venter on Living Well to the Age of 150

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

How Does a Plane Go Missing? | Another Cold War? Russia Can't Afford It | Florida Race Offers Swing State Insights | Inside the Paralympics: The Biathlon | From SXSW to Seattle: Music and Music Identity Across America | J. Craig Venter on Living Well to the Age of 150

New Jersey News

Christie Zens Out At Spring Training Before Big Bridgegate Week

Monday, March 10, 2014

To ready himself for a huge week in the Bridgegate crisis, Gov. Chris Christie took his two sons on a secret trip to Florida to zen out on some New York Mets spring training baseball.

Dressed casually, Christie hung out with team captain David Wright in the clubhouse. He looked ...

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The Takeaway

'House of Cards' Story Mirrors Real D.C. Vote

Monday, March 10, 2014

The battle between Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill over a military sexual assault bill sounds eerily familiar if you've been keeping up with Season Two of "House of Cards." 

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Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics

Monday, March 10, 2014

Not everyone agrees that more U.S. natural gas exports would be an effective lever against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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4 Reasons The Pew Millennials Report Should Worry Democrats, Too

Monday, March 10, 2014

A new survey of Americans aged 18 to 32 includes some troubling news for the GOP. But the findings also suggest that few millennials see big differences between the two major parties.

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WNYC News

Prosecutor Opens Second Inquiry into Christie Ally

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Gov. Christie and Gov. Cuomo are standing by David Samson, but now federal prosecutors are looking into his mix of Port Authority leadership and private business.

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All Things Considered

Hedge Fund Turns To Lobbying To Back Up Its Billion-Dollar Bet

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman first invested against Herbalife, then lobbied politicians to go after the company. Eric Lipton of The New York Times reported on the story, and he has more details.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Inches Towards Pre-K Compromise

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Says 'Alternative' Would Be OK, As Long As It Gets The Job Done

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The Takeaway

Can Overwhelmed Immigration Courts Be Fixed?

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's estimated there is a backlog of more than 350,000 immigration cases nationwide, and the number of deportations is set to top two million under President Obama. Immigration judges say change is necessary.

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