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Gillibrand, McCaskill Square Off Over Military Assault Prosecutions

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Senate has rejected a measure that would have allowed military prosecutors — rather than commanders — decide which sexual assault cases to pursue. The 2 female senators were on opposite sides.

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Morning Edition

House Backs Obama's Request To Back Loans For Ukraine

Friday, March 07, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine is galvanizing unusually swift bipartisan action on Capitol Hill. The GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine.

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Morning Edition

Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting

Friday, March 07, 2014

Everyone at the Conservative Political Action Conference assumes Rand Paul is running for president. He's a top contender, but is the GOP ready for his non-interventionist foreign policy views?

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WNYC News

Can De Blasio Govern From the Grassroots?

Friday, March 07, 2014

WNYC

Mayor de Blasio says he governs with single-minded focus, as in the fight over pre-k. But his critics call it a lack of vision.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "Do I Look Stoned?" Edition

Friday, March 07, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest live from Washington D.C., featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and New Republic editor Julia Ioffe. This week: The crisis in Ukraine, the decriminalization of marijuana, and the revamping of the SAT.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

City Council Speaker Wants Instant Runoff Voting

Friday, March 07, 2014

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito traveled to Albany earlier this week with 35 agenda priorities, and one of them was instant runoff voting. She and other supporters want to abolish expensive runoff elections and instead have voters rank their preferences. Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, explains why he supports the policy, and whether it could become reality. Plus: a roundup of other changes to rules and operations in the City Council, and the latest on Bill de Blasio, who was in Chicago yesterday at a meeting of big-city mayors, while poll numbers back in New York City show only a 39% approval rating for the new mayor.

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The Takeaway

What Will Putin Do Next? | Bionic Limbs Blur the Lines Between Ability & Disability | Who Really Benefits from Daylight Saving Time?

Friday, March 07, 2014

What Will Putin Do Next? | Who Really Benefits from Daylight Saving Time? | Reviews of the New Movie Releases | Bionic Limbs Blur the Lines Between Ability & Disability | History of the Paralympics and Superhuman Flow

On The Media

What Exactly Is "Russia Today"?

Friday, March 07, 2014

 

If a journalist criticizing the government on Russia Today airwaves is a shock, how much journalism is happening there in the first place? Newsweek says “when it comes to Ukraine, RT is like going to a Cold War theme park, only without the breadlines.” The National Journal calls RT's characterization of the crisis in Crimea an adventure filled with “TV, sandwiches and selfies.” Bob talks with Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic, about how RT's coverage perfectly balances Putin-promoting and West-demoting. 
If a journalist criticizing the government on Russia Today airwaves is a shock, how much journalism is happening there in the first place? Newsweek says “when it comes to Ukraine, RT is like going to a Cold War theme park, only without the breadlines.” National Journal calls RT's characterization of the crisis in Crimea an adventure filled with “tea, sandwiches and selfies.” Bob talks with Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic, about how RT's coverage perfectly balances Putin-promoting and West-demoting. 

 


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On The Media

An Unusual Alliance

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Serbian government has established a commission to investigate unsolved murders of journalists. Remarkably, the commission includes both police and journalists. Bob talks with Politika editor Ljiljana Smajlović about what the commission has already accomplished and her hopes for what it might achieve in the future. 

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3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Why was it such a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against President Obama's nominee.

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Top Conservative Event Opens With Big Names, Red Meat And Fun

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Opening day at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference attracted some of the biggest names in GOP politics. It also featured some young conservatives bent on having some fun with politics.

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All Things Considered

Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Reforms

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Senate has blocked a bill introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, which had proposed revisions to military procedures for punishing and preventing sexual assault.

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All Things Considered

Obama Lays Groundwork For Sanctions Against Russia

Thursday, March 06, 2014

With an executive order Thursday, President Obama authorized sanctions on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. Speaker Boehner praised the sanctions and offered congressional support going forward.

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All Things Considered

As CPAC Opens, GOP Stars Take Turns At The Podium

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, routinely attracts big names in the Republican party — and this year's no different. It starts Thursday.

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All Things Considered

Texas Abortion Restrictions Shutter Two More Clinics

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Several Texas abortion clinics are shutting down Thursday, in part due to restrictions passed by state lawmakers. They join a growing list of clinics that have closed since the law was passed.

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All Things Considered

Running Against The Koch Brothers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The loudest voice taking on vulnerable Senate Democrats right now is not the Republican party, but Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group founded by the billionaire Koch brothers.

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Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault Prosecutions

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The measure would have removed the authority of senior military commanders to prosecute sexual assault cases within their ranks. The vote was 55-45 vote.

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VIDEO: Dalai Lama Prays Senators Will 'Act With A Pure Mind'

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Buddhist spiritual leader delivered the U.S. Senate's opening prayer on Thursday. If the politicians heed his words, "happiness will follow," he says.

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Claims And Counterclaims Fly As CIA And Senate Exchange Fire

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Did the agency spy on Senate staffers? Did those Senate aides take classified documents from the CIA's headquarters? Investigators are sorting through the accusations.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 06, 2014

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Also on Today's Show: An update on the trial of three Al Jazeera English journalists charged with spreading false news and belonging to a “terrorist group" with Reza Sayah, a Cairo-based CNN international correspondent. The three are among 20 journalists accused by Egyptian authorities of assisting the banned Muslim Brotherhood...How would Plato, one of the world’s greatest philosophers, reflect on the 21st century? Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, the author of "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away," looks at whether modern-day civilizations are living up to the Greek ideals.

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