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SOTU Recap; Non-Profit NFL; Black Theology and the Church; Digital Detox

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last night. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, recaps the speech and analyzes Republicans’ reactions. Then: the non-profit status of the NFL. Plus: Author and Pastor Raphael G. Warnock talks about his new book on the contrast between socially progressive black theology and more conservative black churches and Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s “New Tech City,” gives tips on how to detox from digital gadgets. 

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 28, 2014.

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"Let’s Make This a Year of Action." Video and Transcript of Obama's 2014 State of the Union

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Promising a "year of action," President Obama lambasted Congress for conducting itself in a way that "prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy." He promised executive action on minimum wage legislation, climate change, and new pension programs. Read a full transcript of his State of the Union here.

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Yet Another Case in New Jersey of Alleged Abuse of Power

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As two federal inquiries got underway into alleged retaliation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his top aides, a state appellate court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving yet another instance of supposed political payback.

Bennett Barlyn was a prosecutor in Hunterdon County in 2010 when he secured ...

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Port Chief May be in More Ethical Hot Water

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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David Samson, the Port Authority Chair and central figure in two scandals surrounding Governor Chris Christie, may be in more ethical hot water. Records show Samson voted to approve a $256 million PATH station renovation in Harrison, NJ that could end up benefitting two private clients. Other commissioners recused themselves from the vote but Samson did not, raising the specter of conflict of interest.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama's zen-like State of the Union address

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Obama's zen-like State of the Union address

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DiNapoli: State Spent Record Amount on OT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Cuomo Administration racked up a record $611 million dollars in overtime payments over the past year. That’s according to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. He said the 16 percent increase in overtime payments between 2012 and 2013 comes mostly from employees in institutional settings, like prisons and psychiatric centers. ...

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Ethics Panel Rejects Donor Privacy Requests from Abortion Groups

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A state ethics board has denied requests from groups on both sides of the abortion debate to keep private their donor lists.

The groups, including the pro-choice Family Planning Advocates and the Christian conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, had argued that making public their donor lists could pose a ...

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How the Farm Bill Will Affect New Yorkers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

After two years of delays, Congress is poised to vote on a nearly 1,000-page Farm Bill this week. The bill, which must be renewed every five years, would restore cuts to farm and nutrition programs, while slashing nearly $9 billion from food stamps over 10 years.

The new bill will ...

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Top Moments In State Of The Union History

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When was the first State of the Union delivered? Did every president give one? Who delivered the "Four Freedoms" speech? Find out here.

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State of the Union Preview: Talking About Inequality

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"I would imagine you'll hear more about opportunity than inequality," says Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress about tonight's State of the Union. She breaks down what President Obama may call for, including executive action on the minimum wage and carbon emissions. Plus, a surprise call from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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Black Americans, By the Numbers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monique Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century, shares the good news and the bad contained in the statistics on black Americans. She is joined by Dr Khalil Gibran Muhammad director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness, who also wrote the introduction to Morris' book.

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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Takeaway listeners gave us their to-do lists for President Barack Obama in 2014. From healthcare to the state of the criminal justice system in America, we call upon experts to tell us whether we can realistically expect these issues to be addressed...As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, a big focus on tonight's speech will be on income inequality in America. But, a new analysis of the data might suggest that we are misinterpreting the state of income inequality.

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Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The president will announce in his State of the Union address that he's signing an executive order to lift the pay in new federal contracts. A top adviser tells NPR that Obama has "warmed up to" the idea of using executive orders to move his agenda ahead.

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Survivor D.C.: Why One Top Official Will Skip The State Of The Union

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One member of Obama's Cabinet will be absent from the House chamber during the president's State of the Union address Tuesday evening. Why? To ensure the continuity of federal government in the event of catastrophe.

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5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The populist issue of income inequality will get a full airing in President Obama's fifth State of the Union speech. But immigration could run a close second in a speech designed to advance the president's second-term agenda.

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The Takeaway

Folk Legend & Activist Pete Seeger Dies at 94 | Bitcoin's Future & The Emerging Markets Crisis | Is the NFL Doing Enough to Protect Players?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Issues to Expect During the State of the Union | Remembering Pete Seeger: An Audio Essay | Are We Misinterpreting the State of Income Inequality? | Bitcoin's Complicated Future | Examining The Emerging Markets Crisis | A Look at the Life & Legacy of Pete Seeger | Is the ...

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City's Plan to Drop Stop and Frisk Appeal... Still Pending

Monday, January 27, 2014

Police reform advocates say it's about time the city drop its appeal in the stop and frisk lawsuits, and they expected Mayor Bill de Blasio to do so by now.

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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

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