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The Brian Lehrer Show

De Blasio's First Days; The Latest in ACA; Taxi Medallions; The Wolf of Wall Street

Monday, January 06, 2014

Decide NYC editor Ben Max gives a roundup of local politics, including the latest in the de Blasio transition and the New York City Council speaker's race. Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff describes the latest in Obamacare news. Plus: how some taxi drivers finance their medallion licenses, and the legal lessons to be learned from "Wolf of Wall Street."

The Takeaway

The 8-Hour Workday: Past, Present & Future | Senate to Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits | Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Costs of Climate Change | Senate to Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits | Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014 | Al-Qaeda Aims to Inflame Sectarian Tensions | The 8-Hour Workday: Past, Present and Future | The Top Risks Facing the U.S. & the World in 2014

WNYC News

A Long, Cold Wait to Meet the Mayor at Gracie Mansion

Sunday, January 05, 2014

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Hot cocoa and cider helped warm visitors and pass the time but some complained about the port-a-potty only, no restroom option.

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Schoolbook

NY Senate Leader Pushes de Blasio's Pre-K Plan

Sunday, January 05, 2014

New York State Senate co-leader Jeff Klein is trying to build momentum in Albany for Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York City.

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WNYC News

Medical Pot, Spending Likely to Star in Cuomo's State of State Speech

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday will lay out a vision for the last year of his first term and is expected to push for state spending limits, propose new property tax relief and announce a surprise reversal on medical marijuana.

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How Media Outlets Sometimes Agree To Agree

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Certain issues brook no dissent. But how do media outlets decide if and when a strong enough consensus has emerged to safely dismiss other viewpoints?

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The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Senate Democrats will ring in the New Year with a vote on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Benefits for those jobless for more than six months expired on Dec. 28. Prospects for a revival of benefits are uncertain at best in the Senate, and the measure faces even bigger hurdles in the House.

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Debt Ceiling, Immigration Confrontations Loom In Congress

Sunday, January 05, 2014

There's much on the congressional agenda beyond Monday's Senate vote on jobless benefits. The debt ceiling and immigration are sure to be big issues, and President Obama will lay out his priorities in his State of the Union later in January. Political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what to expect from Congress in the New Year.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Released From Hospital

Saturday, January 04, 2014

She was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday for treatment of pneumonia. Bush, 88, responded well and is now at home, a family spokesman says.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: Heat and Ice

Saturday, January 04, 2014

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After the overheated rhetoric of the mayoral inauguration, temperatures turned frigid--literally--and snow blanketed the region, presenting Bill de Blasio with his first test as mayor. He came out...um..shoveling. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Beth Fertig and Brian Lehrer break down a very manic week.

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New Jersey News

Christie Makes Court Nominations That Raise Eyebrows

Friday, January 03, 2014

Giving up on another Supreme Court nomination, the Republican governor has now failed to get three of his nominees through the Democratic state senate.

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Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Friday, January 03, 2014

The former American Idol runner-up set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress. He's one in a line of reality stars who have aimed for public office.

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The Takeaway

Blizzard is de Blasio's First Big Test - How'd he Do?

Friday, January 03, 2014

A winter storm settled in across the northeast and parts of the Midwest last night, affecting an estimated 100 million people nation wide. This nor'easter is also providing a test for some incoming and outgoing mayors. Joining The Takeaway to give an update on the storm from across the country are Andrea Bernstein, metro editor for WNYC; Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for our partner WGBH; and Quinn Klinefelter, senior news editor for WDET.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Amnesty for Snowden?

Friday, January 03, 2014

Calls to give Edward Snowden whistleblower protections are growing, including from editorials in The New York Times and The Guardian. Amy Davidson, author of The New Yorker's "Close Read" blog, talks about the options for Snowden.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exit Interview: Clyde Haberman and His "B-List" NYC Issues

Friday, January 03, 2014

After 37 years, Clyde Haberman is leaving The New York Times. He talks to Brian about his career as a reporter and columnist, and some of the lesser issues that still matter and help define life in the city, from noise to walkability.

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The Takeaway

Extremists Capture Parts of Key Iraqi Cities

Friday, January 03, 2014

Sunni militants in Iraq have captured parts of two key cities in Anbar Province, one of the bloodiest battlegrounds in the Iraq War. Nearly a third of all the Americans killed in Iraq died fighting in Anbar. Tim Arango, Baghdad Bureau Chief for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses the conflict, and whether this week's bloodshed might escalate sectarian violence throughout the country.

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Money Talking

What Does 2014 Hold for Corporate Profits, Inequality and the Economy?

Friday, January 03, 2014

This week on Money Talking, Rana Foroohar of Time magazine and Ben White of Politico weigh in on what companies and lawmakers need to do in 2014 to keep the U.S. economy moving in the right direction.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Leniency for Snowden?; Clyde Haberman; Spiderman

Friday, January 03, 2014

From editorial boards to members of Congress, some are calling for leniency for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Amy Davidson of The New Yorker talks about the attitudes toward the whistle blower. Plus: what the changes to Medicaid and Medicare mean for you; Clyde Haberman on over 30 years at The New York Times; and the saga of Spiderman on Broadway.

The Takeaway

The Political Impact of a Blizzard | The Divided Households of Downton Abbey | 'Tomorrow-Land': A Look Back at the 1964-65 World's Fair

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Political Impact of a Blizzard | Olympian Jazmine Fenlator: From Track Start to Bobsled Pilot | Extremists Capture Parts of Key Iraqi Cities | Award Season Premiere: Great Films You May Have Missed | The Divided Households of Downton Abbey | 'Tomorrow-Land': A Look Back at the 1964-65 World's ...

Gabfest Radio

The Vegas Baby One More Time Edition

Friday, January 03, 2014

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, Will Saletan, and David Plotz consider whether ballot measures to raise the minimum wage could help Democrats win in 2014. Also, Hillel International forbids local chapters of the Jewish campus group from sponsoring speakers who do not support Israel. Students at Swarthmore College, however, have renounced the policy. Were they right to do so?

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