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The Media Shrugs, Again

Friday, February 14, 2014

Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine was recently working a crowd of seniors in his Oklahoma district and complaining about President Obama, when a constituent raised her hand and called the president an "enemy combatant" who should be "executed." Congressman Bridenstine responded not by objecting to her statement, but rather by stoking the flames with his own angry anti-Obama rant. A video of the event was posted online, but triggered little attention. Bob ponders the ubiquity of vile, ignorant, and just plain crackpot speech among elected officials, and the extent to which the public, and the media, fail to care. 

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The Takeaway

The Biology of Intimacy & Making Love Last | Kansas Bill Allows Discrimination to Expand Religious Liberty | Being Ginger" and the Stereotypes of Red-Heads

Friday, February 14, 2014

States Seek Changes to Alcohol Laws | The Biology of Intimacy & Making Love Last | How Do They Do That? Figure Skating | A Look at the Movies Hitting the Box Office | Being Ginger" and the Stereotypes of Red-Heads | Kansas Anti-Gay Bill Allows Discrimination to Expand Religious ...

Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

Thursday, February 13, 2014

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.

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As Takeover Hopes Fade, House Democrats Remain Upbeat

Thursday, February 13, 2014

House Democrats are in Maryland for their annual issues conference. Despite their grim electoral prospects this fall, they are relishing the infighting that has beset the Republican House majority.

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New Jersey News

Amid Criticism, NJ Quietly Firing 2nd Sandy Contractor

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The firing is reminiscent of the situation of HGI, the biggest Sandy contractor, which was secretly fired in December.

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WNYC News

NJ Scandals Taking Toll on Governance?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It may be hard for some in the Christie administration to do their jobs, when they're so concerned about keeping them.

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Schoolbook

NYC Posts Lowest School Attendance of the Year

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Despite Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Fariña's decision to keep schools open on Thursday, most New York City parents kept their children home.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Be Banned

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week, just nine months after the Boy Scouts of America lifted their longtime ban on openly gay scouts, 17-year old Pascal Tessier became the first openly gay member to be officially recognized as an Eagle Scout. But in six months, Pascal will no longer be allowed to be a part of the Boy Scouts of America. That’s because he’ll be turning 18, and according to the BSA guidelines, openly gay adults are not welcome.

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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Also on Today's Show: The winter storm system that shut down much of South and mid-Atlantic yesterday is now taking its toll on the Northeast. The challenge from this storm has come in form of ice...After three years of brinkmanship, confrontation and threatened defaults, both the House and the Senate have agreed to raise the debt ceiling without conditions until March of 2015.

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Can Federal Program Keep Mom And Dad Together?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A federal program is spending millions to keep couples together. But does the Family Expectations program actually work? Host Michel Martin asks Tom Bartlett, who wrote about the program for The Chronicle Review, and Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution.

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WNYC News

Subpoenas Go Far Beyond Bridgegate

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This is no longer just an investigation into the cause of a traffic jam.

New subpoenas issued to 18 people and entities as part of the New Jersey Legislature's investigation into George Washington Bridge lane closures investigation seek information far beyond the names of those who cooked up the September ...

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Fresh Air

A Closer Look At How Corporations Influence Congress

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, has been writing about how corporations work in opaque ways to shape debates. He also explains the revolving door between Congress and lobby groups, and how non-profit think tanks aren't always what they seem.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the De Blasio Budget

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio released his preliminary budget yesterday. Kate Taylor, New York Times City Hall reporter, explains what's in the $73.7 billion spending plan - including a tax to fund pre-k, an inspector general for the NYPD, and more.

 

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The Takeaway

Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Be Banned | Six Years of High School? An Educational Experiment in Chicago | This Valentine's Day, True Stories of Love & Tech

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Why Ice is So Difficult to Fight in The South | How Do They Do That? The Physics Behind the Skeleton and the Luge | Six Years of High School? An Educational Experiment in Chicago | Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Be Banned | This Valentine's Day, True Stories of ...

WNYC News

'Murky Waters' Cloud De Blasio’s First Budget Address

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC

Labor contracts, pre-k funding, and a rainy day reserve are some of the x-factors in the mayor's spending plan.

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Transportation Nation

Cuomo Dodges Bridgegate Questions

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in his most extensive back and forth to date with reporters about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has engulfed his counterpart in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie.

Cuomo and Christie jointly run the entity that oversees the bridge, the Port Authority, but Cuomo has ...

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Election Panel: Long Lines Were Management Problem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The election administration commission appointed by President Obama found no evidence that partisan plots were behind long Election Day lines, as some have suggested. Rather, some election officials simply misjudged how much equipment and personnel they needed at certain precincts.

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Radiolab

Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


 

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Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are at odds over whether military commanders should retain control over pursuing prosecution in sexual assault cases.

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