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Venezuela Protests Chavismo

Friday, February 28, 2014

Context for the current protests in Venezuela, including why they are happening, the media blackout, Cuba's influence on the country and if the protests might bring about some kind of change.

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The Takeaway

Is Policy or Mentorship Needed for Young Men of Color?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yesterday President Barack Obama announced a new initiative designed to help young men of color. The program, called "My Brother's Keeper," is aimed at cultivating the kind of mentoring that the president believes helped him and will help other young men of color. Lester Spence is a professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University. He says that he appreciates the gesture, but believes the president should be pushing policy to help young men of color—not mentorship.

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Morning Edition

CBO Assesses Affordable Care Act's Economic Effects

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office predicts the Affordable Care Act will create incentives for millions of workers to cut back on their hours, or even retire early. That could drag down the economy.

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Morning Edition

Schumer: 'Broken' Immigration System Should Be Tackled In 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York talks to David Greene about his ongoing efforts to get immigration overhaul passed this year. Schumer says don't kick the can down the road on this issue.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The If You Listen Closely You Can Hear Clarence Thomas Shouting Edition

Friday, February 28, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: States seek to legalize gay discrimination, Clarence Thomas says nothing, and Spike Lee decries gentrification.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Rush Holt is Leaving the House

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rush Holt, Representative for New Jersey's 12th Congressional District, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election. He will explain his decision, how his background in science informed his work in Washington, and the policies he will be supporting over the next 10 months while he is still in office.

 

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The Takeaway

Your Ideas for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution | Security Agencies Spy on Millions Through Webcams | Inside the Oscar Nominees for Best Original Song

Friday, February 28, 2014

British and American Security Agencies Spy on Millions Through Webcams | President Obama's New Initiative Looks to Keep Men of Color on a Successful Course | Do Food Labels Impact Eating Habits? | Predictions for the Oscars | Inside the Oscar Nominees for Best Original Song | Your Ideas for ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

Rush Holt; Venezuela Protests; Social Media and Change; FiveThirtyEight on the Oscars

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Rush Holt has announced he won’t run for re-election when his term is up at the end of this year. He’ll talk about what he hopes to accomplish in the next 10 months. Then: Journalist and economist Moisés Naím contextualizes the protests in Venezuela. Plus: the latest on housing and development issues in New York City; how social media is used to effect social change; and ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight crunches the numbers to find out what turns up in Oscar-nominated films year after year.

New Jersey News

"Traffic Problems" At Newark Airport -- It Eventually Happened

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WNYC

On Thursday morning the New Jersey Legislature committee investigating Bridgegate issued its latest batch of documents: Unredacted emails from Gov. Christie appointee David Wildstein to key figures in the lane-closing scheme. The only real news to come out of the new docs was this exchange from last August, before the ...

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House Approves Anti-Regulatory Bills, With Eye On Elections

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The legislation underscores "an increasingly symbolic thrust of legislation as Congress heads toward midterm elections," NPR's David Welna says.

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WNYC News

Seven Steps to Adjust an Officer's Attitude

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WNYC

Listen. Be patient. Help. End on a positive note. These are some of the ways Mayor de Blasio wants his NYPD to treat New Yorkers in a post stop-and-frisk era.

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WNYC News

A Rematch for Historic Uptown Seat

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WNYC

It's on: Democrat vs. Democrat in the hottest congressional race in the city.

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Clintons Provide Firepower Behind DNC 'Voter Expansion Project'

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A new Democratic National Committee effort is designed to counter voter ID and other laws that make it harder for many voters to cast their ballots. Bill and Hillary Clinton are lending their help.

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Seth Rogen Tees Off On Senators Who Walked Out On His Testimony

Thursday, February 27, 2014

When the comic addressed a U.S. Senate subcommittee about Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, the experience was anything but typical.

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Schoolbook

City Halts Six School Changes Inherited from Bloomberg

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dozens of new or expanded schools got the all-clear to open this fall but a handful of others saw their plans dashed, as the city navigated its way through a thicket of proposals left by the Bloomberg administration.

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All Things Considered

Lay Of The Land Looks Steep For Senate Democrats

Thursday, February 27, 2014

With the House of Representatives expected to remain in Republican hands, the Senate will be the focus of midterm elections in 2014. The political landscape there appears unfavorable for Democrats.

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All Things Considered

Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men

Thursday, February 27, 2014

President Obama is launching a new initiative aimed at helping young black and Hispanic men. He'll sign an executive order that sets up a task force to help keep them in school and out of prisons.

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Arizona's Rep. Pastor, A Democrat, Won't Seek Re-Election

Thursday, February 27, 2014

He's held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1991. But today Rep. Ed Pastor, 70, said it was time for him "to seek out a new endeavor."

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WNYC News

Christie Still Backs Port Authority Chair

Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Despite apparent conflicts, Christie "strongly, firmly" backs Port Authority Chair. 

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Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.

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