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U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' as Syria Drags Its Heels on Chemical Weapons Removal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last year, Syria agreed to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons, and now the regime's deadline to give up its entire arsenal is looming. To date, Syria has released less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons—and there's evidence that the Syrian regime is deliberately stalling on its agreement for political purposes. Reuter's correspondent Anthony Deutsch has been reporting on the delays in Syria's compliance. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the delays and whether they are politically motivated.

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The Takeaway

With New Leader, Will Change Come to the NSA?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander is preapring to step down in March, and according to reports, President Barack Obama is interviewing Alexander's potential successor himself. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Navy cryptologist and Vice Admiral Mike Rogers will take the helm of the NSA as the agency faces renewed public scrutiny. Rogers's former colleague John Nagl, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, counterinsurgency expert and headmaster of the Haverford School, discusses the Vice Admiral's resume and how he might change the NSA.

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WNYC News

Christie's Brother's Investments Draw Scrutiny, But Not Much Money

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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How much money did the brother of Gov. Chris Christie's make on land deals near a Port Authority investment in Harrison, N.J.? Not so much.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hoboken, Sandy, Rockefeller & Christie

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Christie administration is under federal investigation for linking Hoboken Sandy funds to a Rockefeller Group redevelopment deal. New York Times reporters, Charles Bagli and Patrick McGeehan, talk about new emails and trace the history of the deal and the conflicting accounts by Mayor Zimmer and the Christie administration.

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WNYC News

Booker: Probe into Christie's Bridgegate Involvement "Appropriately Agressive"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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When the allegations that the Christie administration was involved in shutting approach lanes to the George Washington Bridge - leading to hours of gridlock - Sen. Cory Booker said he was "deeply troubled."

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WNYC News

Chris Christie’s 18 State Secrets

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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The release of subpoenaed documents that exposed the Christie Administration's involvement in Bridgegate show how the Governor's Office has been keeping its decisions and expenditures quiet despite laws that require official business to be made public. 

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The Takeaway

A New Era of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence | With New Leader In Sight, Will Change Come to the NSA? | Dead Zebras May Hold the Key to Fighting Anthrax

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A New Era of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence | With New Leader In Sight, Will Change Come to the NSA? | Dead Zebras May Hold the Key to Fighting Anthrax | Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Countdown | Syria Drags Heels on Chemical Weapons Removal | Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. ...

WNYC News

Speaker Mark-Viverito Goes Big For Inauguration

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WNYC

Three weeks after being elected City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito held a formal inauguration in the Bronx Wednesday night and it was no small affair.

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WNYC News

Fracking in NY Delayed at Least Another Year

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Opponents of the controversial extraction technique can breathe a sigh of relief, for now. In his budget this year, Gov. Cuomo isn't asking for the additional staff to issue permits that would signal the start of the process.

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The Takeaway

Big Block of Cheese Day: From Andrew Jackson to 'West Wing' to Obama

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In the first season of "The West Wing," the White House hosts an open house for "Big Block of Cheese Day," a nod to President Jackson, who hosted a similar event for the American people. This year, the Obama Administration has adopted the tradition. Today the White House is hosting a virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day" over social media. Eli Attie, writer and producer for "The West Wing," discusses the tradition, from the Jacksonian Era to the fictional Bartlet Administration to the Obama White House today.

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The Takeaway

Crystal Meth is North Korea's State Secret

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Throughout the 1990s, meth was produced by the government of North Korea. But these days it’s ordinary North Koreans who have set up their own labs and are manufacturing and distributing it. In North Korea, “meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea,” according to LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Barbara Demick. She joins The Takeaway to explain why the government stopped producing the drug, and how entrepreneurs have since picked up the business.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A blanket of ice in the South is leaving thousands stranded in cars, schools, and even public radio stations...The Takeaway got a lot of great entries for our Soup or Bowl recipe contest and we've managed to narrow it down to our top four recipes...The battle over gay rights in India is in the courts and on the streets after the Indian Supreme Court refused to review a decision to restore the criminalization of gay sex.

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Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.

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House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The $100 billion-a-year measure included cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved farm subsidies. The five-year bill now heads to the Senate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of the Union and the "Year of Action"

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama chided Congress for their inactivity, and vowed to make 2014 a "year of action" on the minimum wage, climate policy, and immigration. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, reviews the speech and what comes next.

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WNYC News

Christie Loyalist to Run Ethics Panel That Would Get Bridgegate Complaints

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NJ Spotlight

The state Ethics Commission, which would rule on any ethics complaints against state officials in Bridgegate or other Christie administration scandals, yesterday approved Gov. Chris Christie’s recommendation for its new executive director -- Susana Espasa Guerrero, a former governor’s counsel who served in the governor's office with all nine Christie aides subpoenaed in Bridgegate.

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VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., didn't like a reporter's question. With the camera still rolling, he said he would throw the journalist "off this [expletive] balcony." Also, said Grimm, "I'll break you in half."

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Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.

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Washington Heights Teen Gets SOTU Shout Out, Seat Next to First Lady

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One of the city's own teenagers was a guest of honor Tuesday night. Estiven Rodriguez was singled out by President Obama during his State of the Union speech for overcoming hurdles to make it college. He accepted the applause of Congress with a smile.

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5 Things We Learned From The President's Speech

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Much of what was in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address was signaled in the days leading into the speech. Even so, there were a few revealing moments.

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