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Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Barack H. Obama Foundation launched this week, with the goal of raising millions of dollars to fund the 44th president's library and museum. The politics of picking a city for the venture, however, makes fundraising look easy.

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How I Landed a $38,000 Apartment in Brooklyn Heights

Saturday, February 08, 2014

WNYC's Tracie Hunte played real-estate roulette in the Mitchell-Lama housing lottery and won, but for now, she's among a shrinking number of New Yorkers who can do so.

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Trenton's Mayor Mack Found Guilty Of Bribery, Fraud Charges

Friday, February 07, 2014

A federal jury has found Mayor Tony F. Mack of Trenton, N.J., guilty of six charges ranging from extortion and bribery to fraud. Mack's brother was also convicted of some charges in the case, which involved plans for a parking garage.

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House Republicans May Get To Immigration, Just Not Now

Friday, February 07, 2014

In politics, it often comes down to timing. And right now, the timing just isn't good for congressional Republicans to take up an immigration overhaul.

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Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.

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The Takeaway

News Quiz | Week of February 7

Friday, February 07, 2014

Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood? Are you one of those people who always need to know? Do you watch or listen to the news religiously, convinced that what you hear will give you an edge? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.

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Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh To Replace Sen. Max Baucus

Friday, February 07, 2014

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed his number two, John Walsh, to serve out the term of longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who was confirmed Thursday as U.S. ambassador to China. The appointment gives Walsh a brief incumbency advantage going into an expected tough fall battle.

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Does Probation For Profit Criminalize Poverty?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people are put on probation every year. Now, a study by Human Rights Watch finds private probation contractors are racking up profits and effectively criminalizing poverty. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with HRW's Chris Albin-Lackey and Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 7, 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A look at this weekend's big movie releases ... and today marks the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It’s Russia’s time to shine. But what can we expect of the country’s future in the long term? 

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Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

Friday, February 07, 2014

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," the vice president tells CNN. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run." He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats. Biden said he'll decide by summer 2015.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Take This Job and Shove It 'Cause I've Got Obamacare Edition

Friday, February 07, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Dems' midterm prospects, Obamacare's impact on the economy, and Facebook's big birthday.

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On The Media

"Winter Chill" for Russian Media

Friday, February 07, 2014

As the global spotlight fixes on Sochi this weekend, the Russian government is crushing dissent...and there’s a lot of it. As the Committee to Protect Journalists notes in a new report, people there have suffered long-lasting power outages, environmental damage, evictions, corruption, and widespread violation of labor laws. But local news organizations are silent on these issues, instead functioning as public relations agencies for the government. Brooke talks with Nina Ognianova about the stories that aren't being told in the Russian media. 

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On The Media

In Russia, Not Covering Sports

Friday, February 07, 2014

NBC spent $775 million for the rights to the Olympic games, and will provide more than 1500 hours of coverage - most of it on the events themselves. But its also sent reporters to cover Russia’s many political subplots. Bob speaks with NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel about being deployed to cover the political backdrop to the Olympics.

Olympics Forever

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On The Media

What's In A Name

Friday, February 07, 2014

Over the past few years, a number of media outlets have made the editorial choice not to publish the word "Redskin" when referring to Washington's professional football team. OTM producer Chris Neary has the story of one Pennsylvania paper that stopped using the word. 

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WNYC News

In New Role, First Lady Chirlane McCray Has 'Nothing To Hide'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

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Mayor de Blasio joked there was only one applicant who qualified to lead the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City: His wife.

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Christie Escapes NJ, But Finds Little Love in TX

Thursday, February 06, 2014

His relevance for 2016 may be in doubt, but with 36 governors races on this year's ballots, Chris Christie matters very much in 2014.  As chair of the Republican Governors Association, Christie leads the group charged with raising money for the GOP's gubernatorial candidates and getting them elected to office.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Keating: Intelligence Sharing With Russia 'Walled Off'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

One day away from the opening ceremonies at the 2014 olympics and many still wonder: is Sochi safe? President Barack Obama says Americans are fine to go to the games. But Representative Bill Keating (D-MA) is less than sure. He explains his concerns over the upcoming games from the lack of information sharing between the US and Russia to the limited privacy from the Russian government.

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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at the History of Sochi

Thursday, February 06, 2014

On the eve of the Opening Ceremony, so much attention of the attention on the Winter Olympics has focused on security and internal domestic policies in Russia. Putting all that aside, what does the global community really know about Sochi, the city that we’ll all be watching for the next two weeks? Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University and author of the book, "The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucuses" explains why this region and its proximity to the Black Sea has been so important for Russia.

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Song And Dance: Of Course Clay Aiken Is Running For Congress

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sure, the instinctive response might be tittering when an American Idol runner-up runs for Congress, but we've got a long and storied history of just this kind of thing. Why not this guy?

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Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It was annual Senate retreat day in Washington Wednesday, a time when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol and all its daily distractions. But not too far away.

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