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The Takeaway

Forget Detroit, Puerto Rico Is In Big Trouble

Monday, December 16, 2013

Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg: I Hope de Blasio is a Better Mayor

Monday, December 16, 2013

"I wish him well. I'm going to live in this city. My kids are going to live in this city. I hope he's a better mayor than I was," Bloomberg said.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shorris: Forces Aligning to Address CIty's Inequality

Monday, December 16, 2013

With a strong progressive caucus in the City Council and a Cuomo administration vowing to collaborate with new Mayor Bill de Blasio, first deputy Anthony Shorris says there is "a unique alignment" to address inequality in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DC Has A Budget. Everyone Gets Along Now, Right?

Monday, December 16, 2013

This week, the Senate is expected to take up the budget deal that passed the House last week with bipartisan support. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington, whether this new budget agreement signals a new era for collaboration in DC, and what to make of John Boehner's willingness to call out conservative groups.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jersey City Guns Initiative

Monday, December 16, 2013

Steve Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, discusses how the city is changing its approach to holding gun manufacturers accountable for gun violence.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jeff Klein on Albany Power-Sharing

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jeff Klein, president pro tem and leader of the Independent Democratic Conference in the NYS Senate (D, WF -34th, Bronx/Westchester), talks about leading the faction of Democrats keeping Republicans in control of the Senate and their 2014 legislative agenda.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ryan Lizza on the NSA's "State of Deception"

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza traces the history of the National Security Agency’s intelligence programs, from 9/11 to today. For his latest article, “State of Deception.” He speaks with key players in the intelligence community, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden, and Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and a key member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has for years been fighting to get the N.S.A. to be more forthcoming about domestic spy programs. Lizza looks at how the leaks from Edward Snowden may provide the momentum for changing the law.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Anthony Shorris; Reasons to Love NY; NYS Senate

Monday, December 16, 2013

Anthony Shorris, who has been named as first deputy mayor for Bill de Blasio, discusses the mayor-elect’s transition process and priorities for the new administration. Plus: Molly Ball of The Atlantic talks about the latest news out of Washington; Jeff Klein of the New York State Senate talks about legislative priorities; and Reasons to Love New York, from New York magazine.

The Washington Report

The NSA Fallout Overseas; The Budget Deal at Home.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Kerry Nolan talks with the New York Times' David Sanger about whether the biggest issue in the aftermath of the NSA surveillance revelations might be economic rather than political; also, what does the House-passed budget deal really mean?

Transportation Nation

Ex-Port Authority Exec Said to be Buying Rivals' Web Addresses

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A former Port Authority official who allegedly ordered the mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge has reportedly been buying Internet domain addresses that use the names of public officials.

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Another Partisan Divide: Mitt Romney's Looks

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A new study suggests that individual political biases might have caused 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to literally look different to Republicans than Democrats.

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Senate Takes a Break After 48-Hour Debate

Saturday, December 14, 2013

In the first Senate session since Democrats detonated the "nuclear option" and eliminated the minority's ability to filibuster most nominations, Republicans fought back by dragging debate out as long as possible, keeping the Senate in session for over 48 straight hours.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: Goings and Comings

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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The roiling controversy surrounding Gov. Chris Christie's appointees at the Port Authority claims another resignation; Christie sits down with reporters; and Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio names another government veteran, this one to be the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. WYNC's Andrea Bernstein breaks it all down with New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon and City Hall reporter Brigid Bergin.

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Newtown Anniversary Marked By Gun Control Stalemate

Friday, December 13, 2013

On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. After all, Congress failed to pass tougher gun laws. But the reality is more mixed; the result was more of a standoff.

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Cost Of Battling Filibuster Rules: No Sleep Or Fundraising

Friday, December 13, 2013

A congressional expert says it was worthwhile for Senate Democrats to change the filibuster rules because despite dragged-out debate, they know they can win.

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Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cornyn's voting record ranks him as the second most conservative Republican in the Senate. But some on the right feel he was insufficiently supportive of Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to defund Obamacare, and now he faces a primary challenge from Steve Stockman, a Houston-area House member.

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On The Media

An Online White House Petition Actually Worked!?

Friday, December 13, 2013

NPR reported yesterday on a deal between the FCC and cell phone companies that will continue to allow consumers to legally unlock their cellphones. Unlocking had been legal, then briefly illegal, and now it's ok again. 

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Tourists At The Border: Should Mental Illness Halt U.S. Entry?

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Canadian woman says she was barred from entering the U.S. after a border agent cited her past mental illness. Some mental health advocates say she was a victim of profiling, but the situation appears more complicated than that.

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The Takeaway

Ex-FBI Agent That Disappeared in Iran Actually on Rogue CIA Mission

Friday, December 13, 2013

More than 6 years ago, Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, disappeared in Iran. He has been presumed to be a hostage of some kind, a designation that the U.S. government has not taken issue with. But now it turns out that Levinson may actually be a casualty of a CIA operation gone wrong. Tim Weiner is a former reporter for our partner The New York Times and author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" and "Enemies: The History of the FBI." He joins The Takeaway to discuss Levinson's case.

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