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New England Governors Back Obama's Minimum Wage Hike Plan

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Obama took his push for a higher national minimum wage to Connecticut. The message was welcomed by the governors he appeared with, but back in Washington there isn't much political momentum.

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Morning Edition

Democrats Help Block Nominee For DOJ's Top Civil Rights Job

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The nomination of Debo Adegbile, a civil rights lawyer who helped handle the appeal of a cop killer, forced Democrats to choose between infuriating law enforcement groups or angering minority voters.

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WNYC News

Who Is Behind the Pro-Charter Schools Group Fighting de Blasio?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

WNYC

Financial sector leaders have long been some of the biggest supporters of the charter-school movement, a fact that has been red meat for charter school opponents.

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Morning Edition

Selling Health Care To California's Latinos Got Lost In Translation

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Certain sales strategies work well with American Latinos. California's insurance exchange didn't try any of them when advertising coverage with the Affordable Care Act.

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The Takeaway

In the Crimea Crisis, the U.S. Turns the Screw | Is it Time to Rethink Solitary Confinement & Death Row? | The SAT is Getting Updated Again

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In the Crimea Crisis, the U.S. Turns the Screw | The SAT is Getting Updated Again — Is it Still a Good Metric? | Update On The Three Al Jazeera Journalists On Trial | Is it Time to Rethink Solitary Confinement & Death Row? | Does The 21st Century Stack Up To ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

Crisis in Ukraine; The End of the Asperger’s Diagnosis

Thursday, March 06, 2014

As the crisis in Ukraine worsens, professor and contributing editor to The Nation Stephen Cohen explains the geopolitics at play and how it might possibly end. Plus: Hanna Rosin of The Atlantic and Slate talks about how her family came to terms with her son’s Asperger’s after the American Psychiatric Association declared the syndrome was no longer valid as a diagnosis.

Bill Clinton, Party-Builder In Chief

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The former president's political portfolio is in keeping with his longstanding efforts to build the Democratic Party into a more powerful organizational force.

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WNYC News

Feds: Abu Ghaith Used "Murderous" Words in Wake of 9/11

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

WNYC

In their opening statements Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the alleged al-Qaida spokesman used "murderous power of his words" to help Osama bin Laden publicize the attacks of September 11 and strengthen the terror network.

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All Things Considered

Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The clash over attorney Debo Adegbile's Justice Dept. nomination pitted powerful law enforcement interests against the civil rights community.

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All Things Considered

My Brother's Keeper In The Community: Hopes And Aims At Ground Level

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

President Obama's new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, aims to ease disparities faced by young men of color in the U.S. Malik Washington of the William Kellibrew Foundation explains what's needed to make it successful.

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All Things Considered

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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All Things Considered

Decades-Old Case Looms Large In Defeated Civil Rights Nomination

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Debo Adegbile was the nominee to lead the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, and he has a compelling story — from child actor to activist lawyer. The Senate defeated his nomination Wednesday.

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All Things Considered

With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.

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All Things Considered

IRS Hearing Begins With Refusals To Answer — And Ends In Shouting

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The House Oversight Committee again called Lois Lerner to testify on IRS actions and again she pleaded the fifth. The hearing ended in an argument between committee members.

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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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The Takeaway

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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The Takeaway

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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