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Three Things to Expect in Speaker's Race

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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Here's what to watch for as the Council picks the city's 2nd most powerful leader.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Risks in 2014

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Over the weekend business magnate George Soros expressed worries that years of GDP shrinkage in China could lead to a full-fledged economic slowdown in 2014 that could have major effects on global markets. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses his report on global political risks for 2014.

EVENT: Ian Bremmer will be speaking at the Carnegie Council for International Ethics on January 14 from 6-7:45pm. The event is open to the public.

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Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"

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Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

In a 60-37 vote, the measure passes a key procedural hurdle, moving a three-month extension of benefits to 1.3 million Americans closer to passage.

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The Takeaway

The Burglary That Exposed FBI Surveillance

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

On March 8, 1971, a small group of activists calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI staged a break-in of FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania. The files they discovered there revealed that J. Edgar Hoover had authorized the wide-scale surveillance and intimidation of anti-war protesters and other dissident groups. Retro Report producer Bonnie Bertram looks back on that break-in and its consequences.

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The Takeaway

Polar Vortex's Breathtaking Chill Freezes Millions | Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Marriages | Stephen Frears on the Key to Genius Directing

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Polar Vortex's Breathtaking Chill Freezes Millions | Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Marriages | An 8-Hour Day? Workdays & Weeks Vary Nationwide | The Burglary That Exposed FBI Surveillance | Meeting the Standard: From the Drawing Board to Your Home | Stephen Frears on the Key to Genius Directing

WNYC News

Tax Relief for Businesses and Homeowners in Cuomo's Sights

Monday, January 06, 2014

The governor is seeking to cut or freeze taxes for many New Yorkers.

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Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City

Monday, January 06, 2014

When newly inaugurated Mayor Bill de Blasio opened the doors of the beautiful 1804 mayoral mansion to the public, New Yorkers showed up in force. And de Blasio spent five hours trying to make them feel welcome.

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An Eye Toward Albany, de Blasio Chooses a Fighter — and a Friend

Monday, January 06, 2014

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With an eye toward Albany and the battle to pay for universal pre-k, de Blasio tapped a legislative fighter and a Cuomo ally in his latest round of appointments. 

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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Monday, January 06, 2014

Janet Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

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Democrats Tackle Politics Of Income Inequality

Monday, January 06, 2014

Their embrace of the issue, which includes minimum wage and unemployment insurance legislation, has drawn pushback from the GOP. Republicans say the efforts are politically motivated and designed to distract from problems with the health care law.

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4 Lessons From Liz Cheney's Ill-Fated Senate Run

Monday, January 06, 2014

Even before family health issues arose, Cheney's campaign appeared to face dim prospects in the Wyoming GOP primary against Sen. Mike Enzi. One lesson from her now-ended bid: A famous political name only gets you so far.

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Al-Qaeda Aims to Inflame Sectarian Tensions

Monday, January 06, 2014

Al-Qaeda is remaking the map of the Middle East, or at least they want to. Anbar province has long been a center of Sunni Muslim insurgents, and is now becoming a base for Al-Qaeda's wider ambitions to inflame sectarian tensions. Patrick Cockburn, Middle East Correspondent for The Independent, weighs in on what's ahead for Iraq.

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The Myth of the 8-Hour Workday

Monday, January 06, 2014

A hundred years ago, the Ford Motor Company instituted an eight-hour workday, but in today's world of globalization, smartphones and increasing competition, working only eight hours seems like a dream come true.

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Reframing The Immigration Conversation For 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

As Congress returns from winter break, Speaker of the House John Boehner has called comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Host Michel Martin talks with immigration policy advocates Mark Krikorian and Ali Noorani about the political prospects for reform this year.

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Immigrant Turned Entrepreneur: 'Taco Stand Was My School'

Monday, January 06, 2014

Behind the heated debate over national immigration policy are millions of personal stories of struggle and triumph. Mexican native Osiris Hoil began his life in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and became a successful entrepreneur. He talks with host Michel Martin about his journey.

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Stories To Watch In 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Host Michel Martin and guests talk about stories to watch out for in 2014. She hears from Jason Johnson, political science professor at Hiram College, Julio Ricardo Varela of the blog Latino Rebels, and Brendan Costello, co-host of radio's The Largest Minority.

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In One Man's Story, Two Sides Of The Immigration Debate

Monday, January 06, 2014

Mexico native Osiris Hoil overstayed his visa when he came to the U.S. Today, he employs more than 100 people at his restaurant chain District Taco. He's also a U.S. citizen now. Should immigration laws make it easier for people like Hoil to become citizens? Host Michel Martin hears from advocates on both sides of the immigration debate.

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The Takeaway

Senate to Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Senate is back in session today and the House returns tomorrow. Though it’s a new year, much of what’s on the agenda is last year’s business. At the top of the list is a vote to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million jobless workers who lost those benefits just after Christmas. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, provides a look ahead. 

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Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Over the next five years, the Pentagon is looking to increase the use of robotic weapons—is this a good thing for national security, and can the U.S. even count on its global drone edge for that long? Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute and at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, makes the case for why drones don’t deserve the bad reputation they get.

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