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Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain why smaller budgets will require a smaller army — even as tensions with Russia flare anew in the Ukraine.

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How To Pick A Candidate In Texas: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Faced with a long ballot on Tuesday, Texas Democrats chose a complete unknown with an agreeable name as their favorite in a down-ballot statewide race.

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Today's Highlights | March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Also on Today's Show: On Tuesday, President Barack Obama submitted a $3.9 trillion budget that calls for spending cuts, more than $1 trillion in new taxes to slow borrowing over the next decade, and more than $55 billion in new spending...It looks like scientists have discovered a positive twist on the polar vortex: It’s killing destructive insects that cost the U.S. government and homeowners billions each year...A look at some workplace tips from Toyota’s factory productivity specialist that are surprisingly low-tech. 

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Senate Blocks Obama's Nominee For Civil Rights Job

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Eight Democrats joined Republicans in voting against Debo Adegbile, who was appointed to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

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Ex-IRS Official Invokes 5th Amendment Again, Then Things Get Hot

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Lois Lerner has been at the center of a storm over the targeting of conservative groups. She wouldn't answer a House committee's questions. Then the panel's GOP chairman and ranking Democrat sparred.

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Here are the U.S.'s Options in the Ukraine

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Russian forces in Crimea, violent protests in Kiev, escalating tensions between West and East. Here's a breakdown of the proposals Congressional leaders are crafting in response to the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

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A Fighting Chance For Obama's Proposed Military Cuts?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The President's new budget proposes cutting the Army to its lowest troop level since before World War II. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments weighs in.

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Fresh Air

The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

In a new book, Terry Golway takes a sympathetic view of Manhattan's infamous political machine. He says, "Tammany Hall was there for the poor immigrant who was otherwise friendless in New York."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

First Lady Coaching

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

New York Times Washington correspondent and the author of The Obamas (Back Bay Books, 2012) Jodi Kantor discusses the media coaching given to first ladies in light of the now-public documents from the Clinton-era White House, and how the old documents may affect Hillary Clinton today and her plans for the future.

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Obama's Budget: Magic Wand Or Club?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Under the president's plan, wealthier Americans would be paying more in taxes, while poorer ones would be getting new tax credits. Republicans, on the other hand, prefer a different approach.

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Morning Edition

House Approves Measure To Ease Flood Insurance Hikes

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Two years ago, an overhaul bill passed with the goal of pulling the federal program out of debt. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly.

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Morning Edition

Hagel To Defend Pentagon Budget Before Senate Panel

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Pentagon's budget for next year would cut the size of the Armed Forces and begin to rein in expensive benefits, including health care. The Army would be reduced to its lowest level in years.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Corruption, Incompetence, and Sectarianism Undermine Democracy in Iraq

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali argues that the poorly planned U.S. intervention destroyed the Iraqi state, creating a black hole that corrupt and incompetent members of the elite have made their own. He looks at what's happened to Iraq’s people, their government, and their nation’s since the United States-led invasion in 2003. His book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence, and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy looks at the many problems the country is dealing with: bombings, increasing sectarianism, and pervasive government corruption.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The State of Iraq; Life in the Minor-Leagues; Edmind White's Paris; Corporate Control of the Nation's Meat

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali talks about why his countrymen maintain a strong sense of national identity, despite increasing sectarianism and pervasive government corruption. John Feinstein takes us inside the colorful world of Triple-A minor-league baseball. Edmund White talks about moving to Paris in 1983, and how he fell in love with the city and its culture during the 15 years he lived and wrote there. And we’ll find out how a few large companies control most of the country’s meat supply, and why that’s hurting both consumers and farmers alike.

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U.S. Options in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis | Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's Widow, Reflects on 'Cosmos' | Inside the Intersection of Faith and Rhythm in Islam

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

What Options Does the U.S. Have in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis? | Examining President Obama's $3.9 Trillion Budget | A Positive Twist on the Polar Vortex | Low-Tech Workplace Productivity Tips | Ann Druyan, Wife of the Late Carl Sagan, Reflects on 'Cosmos,' Now and Then | 'Rebel Music': How Muslims ...

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China's Stake in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

With Russia in the spotlight, China is watching the unrest in Ukraine from the sidelines. In recent years, China has invested a total of $10 billion dollars in Ukraine, and pledged $8 billion more last December. Jonathan Fenby, China director of the research company Trusted Sources, and Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University, examine China's financial interests in the region, and the Chinese investment in the outcome of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

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All Things Considered

Obama Budget: A Blueprint With Little Chance Of Passage

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

President Obama is announcing his 2015 budget Tuesday. It calls for increased tax credits for the poor and boosted infrastructure spending, but it's unlikely to be enacted by Congress.

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All Things Considered

George P. Bush Steps Into Texas Political Limelight

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

George P. Bush is expected to win Tuesday's GOP primary for land commissioner. Ben Phillpott of KUT brings the story of the young Bush's low-key campaign and outreach to Hispanic voters.

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All Things Considered

Latino Advocate Is Not Impressed With 'Deporter-In-Chief'

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the largest Latino advocacy group in the U.S., explains her criticism of the Obama administration's policy on deportations and border security.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Makes Health Care Such a Divisive Issue

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel explains how the Affordable Care Act reforms are reshaping the health care system. He also looks at why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than a century. Dr. Emanuel is a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform. He’s the author of  Reinventing American Healthcare: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex. Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.

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