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What's America's Problem? 1 In 5 Says It's The Government

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In a monthly Gallup poll of American attitudes, dissatisfaction with the political leadership topped all other issues among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. But dissatisfaction with the government was down from a peak of 33 percent last October.

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The End of Equal Internet Access?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A federal appeals court has invalidated key provisions of the government's net neutrality rules. In a 3-0 decision, the court ruled that the FCC overstepped its regulatory authority in issuing a 2010 order that barred broadband carriers from blocking or slowing certain websites. Scott Cleland, Chairman of Net Competition, an e-forum that represents broadband interests, applauds the court for overruling the FCC. Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, disagrees. 

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Today's Highlights | January 15, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On Today's Show: Congress finally revealed the new spending deal. This deal comes in at just over $1 trillion dollars...The National Security Agency has access to almost 100,000 computers around the globe. And it's able to spy on these computers and attack them even when they're not hooked up to the internet...Author and journalist David Satter was expelled from Russia this week after attempting to renew his visa. Satter is the first journalist to be banned from Russia since the Cold War over two decades ago.

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WNYC News

9 Years On, RNC Mass Arrests Suits Settled

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

About 1,800 people were arrested during the 2004 event, and many claimed the NYPD had violated their constitutional rights by conducting unwarranted mass arrests and holding people in terrible conditions.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary 'Convinced' Rural Revitalization Plan Will Work

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

President Obama is hoping to fight poverty, in five so-called "promise zones." The government is targeting those areas for economic revitalization. Host Michel Martin and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack take a look at the rural communities involved, and the special challenges to fight poverty there.

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Poverty: 'We Need To Talk About It As It Is, Not As It Was'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about why poverty conversations are needed, in her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay.

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VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late-night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born to Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.

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Transportation Nation

The Boss Sings About The George Washington Bridge

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Maybe the most love a transpo/traffic meme has ever gotten from a mega-star.  On late-night, Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen sing about the Fort Lee traffic jam, to the tune of "Born to Run."

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Life of the Law

Release Day

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

For eighteen years, California’s three strikes law leveled harsh penalties against repeat felons: anyone with two felony convictions received 25 years to life for committing a third felony. In 2012, Californians voted to change the three strikes law,

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Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed Again

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Senators couldn't reach agreement Tuesday on a way to restore benefits for 1.3 million people who have been out of work for extended periods. With the Senate planning to go on a recess next week, it's looking like any action will be put off.

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WNYC News

In Embattled Mayoralty of John Lindsay, Lessons for de Blasio

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Bill de Blasio isn't the first strikingly tall liberal whom New Yorkers have elected to succeed a three-term mayor. So what lessons can he learn from the mayoralty of John Lindsay?

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Fresh Air

Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Seven (New) Things We Learned from Robert Gates

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Robert Gates, former CIA chief and Secretary of Defense under Bush and Obama, discusses his new book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At Work. Here: seven things we learned from Gates, from Hillary Clinton's "surprising" hawkishness to whether the Obama administration is being too aggressive in going after leakers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Steve Sweeney: New Jersey State of the State

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney takes us through New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address, and discusses what's ahead for New Jersey in the coming year.

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The Takeaway

The End of Equal Internet Access? | What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran | Lessons From the Most Innovative Eras in U.S. History

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The End of Equal Internet Access? | Your Take: The Benefits of Bragging | Congress Finally Reveals New Spending Deal | NSA Can Spy on Computers Not Connected to the Web | Russia Just Expelled Another Journalist, and it’s a Big Problem | What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran | Examining The Most Innovative Eras in U.S. History |

IRS Gets Spending Bill Smackdown From Congress

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In response to a 2013 scandal, lawmakers are pushing overall IRS funding to a five-year low and ordering the agency to obey the Constitution.

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5 Takeaways From The Omnibus Spending Bill

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Regular order. That phrase refers to Congress conducting business in a methodical way, like it used to back before "dysfunctional" came to seem an official description of Washington. A new federal budget working its way through Congress could help restore regular order to Capitol Hill.

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New Jersey News

Christie Mentions Bridgegate, Then Reiterates Old Proposals in State of the State

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Gov. Christie reiterated at the top of his high-profile State of the State speech Tuesday that "mistakes" were made in the bridgegate scandal, but he then quickly moved on to offer a range of proposals, most of which he has pushed in the past.

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Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll cooperate with all "appropriate" investigations into Bridgegate, but in his annual State of the State speech he seeks to change the conversation to New Jersey's economic rebound.

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Today's Highlights | January 14, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why Fortune 500 companies will end up becoming leaders in innovation—not tech start-ups like we are seeing today...In Detroit, a group of local and national philanthropists have put together a $330 million deal to save the Detroit Institute of Art collection...In Russia, 1.3 million have the life-threatening virus that causes AIDS. A look at Russia's HIV epidemic....

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