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Lieutenant Governors Make Headlines — For All The Wrong Reasons

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Over the past year, four lieutenant governors have resigned amid scandal. Lieutenant governors may not have much power, but they're certainly capable of getting into trouble.

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The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

Saturday, January 11, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" speech, the clash between Republicans and Democrats on how to alleviate poverty has come front and center. Republicans insist that anti-poverty programs have failed; Democrats say they have worked and should be expanded.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: Bridgegate

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The biggest scandal of Chris Christie's career threatens a potential presidential bid. Andrea Bernstein, Nancy Solomon and Matt Katz break it all down, and Matt tells us why team Christie is worried.

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Former Reagan White House Spokesman Larry Speakes Dies

Friday, January 10, 2014

Speaks became acting White House press secretary after President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary James Brady were shot in a 1981 assassination attempt — and held the position for six years. He was 74.

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New Jersey News

NJ Mayors: Was Christie Getting Revenge on Me, Too?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mayors in New Jersey say they're starting to consider foul play on behalf of the Christie administration in light of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.

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Will Bad Jobless Data Spur Action On Unemployment Insurance?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Just as the Senate seemed to descend into another round of partisan gridlock, this time over extending emergency jobless benefits, the arrival of a surprisingly weak December jobs report raised the pressure on lawmakers to act.

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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

Friday, January 10, 2014

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.

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The Takeaway

The Challenges of Depicting War on Film

Friday, January 10, 2014

One of the biggest challenges in American cinema has been bringing the stories of war to the civilian big screen. "Lone Survivor" is a new film by director Peter Berg  that attempts to bring the story of a mission gone wrong in Afghanistan to a civilian audience. Donna Axelson's son, Matt, was one of the SEAL team members killed in the mission. She discusses what it was like to see her son portrayed on film and shares her thoughts on how and why filmmakers should attempt to bring the realities of war to a civilian screen. 

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The Takeaway

How Does Christie's Scandal Stack Up in NJ Politics?

Friday, January 10, 2014

In the annals of Jersey political history, in the myths and stories explored so well by the likes of Tony Soprano and Nucky Thompson,  how does the Chris Christie Administration compare? "I am embarrassed and humiliated," Governor Christie told reporters on Thursday. The 108 minute press conference was just the start of the Governor's apology tour. Congressman Rush Holt, a Democrat representing New Jersey's twelfth Congressional district, puts Christie's latest scandal into perspective.

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Gates Says His Points About Obama Have Been Mischaracterized

Friday, January 10, 2014

Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan believing the strategy would fail. But Gates tells NPR that's not right. He believes Obama became skeptical about the "troop surge" later on.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Medical Marijuana Plan for New York State

Friday, January 10, 2014

Richard Gottfried, New York State Assembly Member (D-75th District) and Assembly Health Chair, explains Gov. Cuomo's plan to legalize limited medical marijuana use in New York State and outlines his plan, which is slightly different.

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Digging Into 'Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War'

Friday, January 10, 2014

Critics say former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book takes shots at President Obama and other members of his cabinet. The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe tells host Michel Martin more about the book and its fallout.

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Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign

Friday, January 10, 2014

A congressman vying for Sen. John Cornyn's seat announced that he'll accept campaign donations in bitcoin, raising questions about the value of the virtual currency in politics.

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The Takeaway

How Does Christie's Scandal Stack Up in NJ Politics? | Meeting the Standard: Tech & the Developing World | The Challenges of Depicting War on Film

Friday, January 10, 2014

How Does Christie's Scandal Stack Up in NJ Politics? | What to Expect from Janet Yellen | Who is to Blame for the Fall of Fallujah? | Amiri Baraka Dead at 79 | 2014's Epic Superhero Movies | The Challenges of Depicting War on Film | Meeting the Standard: Tech ...

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Gabfest Radio

The Dirty Jersey Edition

Friday, January 10, 2014

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss what the Fort Lee bridge closure scandal means for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential hopes and how compassionate conservatism is making a comeback.

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Money Talking

Helping Ordinary Americans Focus Of Fed Under Janet Yellen

Friday, January 10, 2014

Janet Yellen will be the first woman to head the the Federal Reserve when she takes over at the end of January.  How much will the world's most powerful central bank change under her leadership?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bridgegate Unfolds

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Bergen Record, and New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz and Nancy Solomon discuss the latest in the George Washington Bridge closure scandal one day after Gov. Chris Christie's public apology.

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On The Media

Creationism’s Public Relations Campaign

Friday, January 10, 2014

A recent Pew Research Center analysis finds that one-third of Americans reject the theory of evolution, believing that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.” Brooke speaks to Edward Caudill, author of Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign Against Evolution, who says that modern media has been a godsend for Creationists.

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On The Media

The Obamacare Horror Story

Friday, January 10, 2014

During the tumultuous roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, the media struggled to find stories of people who had successfully bought insurance through healthcare.gov, and many landed on sources that turned out to be unreliable. But now, another dubious narrative is all the rage: the Obamacare horror story. Bob talks to health policy writer Maggie Mahar, who is very suspicious of the nightmarish tales reported in the media. 

 

 

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On The Media

The Myth of 'Blue Monday,' The Campaign for Creationism, and a Lying Cyborg Telemarketer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Journalists converge on two of their favorite wintertime topics, extreme weather and 'Blue Monday.' The FBI re-brands itself and much more.