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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?

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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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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WNYC News

We'll Get to Ride the East River Ferry Through 2019

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg is extending east river ferry service for five more years.

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TED Radio Hour

How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."

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The Takeaway

Kim Jong Un Executes Uncle, Nation's Defacto No. 2

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dictator Kim Jung Un has executed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek—formerly the country's de facto No. 2 official. Earlier this week Kim Jong Un purged his uncle as an adviser and had him literally dragged out of a political meeting by military police. Yesterday the nation announced that he has been tried, convicted and executed for treason. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this decision means is Sokeel Park, Director of Research for Liberty in North Korea, an NGO working with refugees from North Korea.

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Transportation Nation

Top Christie Aide Is Out at Port Authority

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Two. That's now the number of top Christie aides who have resigned in the wake of a roiling controversy over the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge back in September.

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The Takeaway

The Speaker of the House is Fed Up

Friday, December 13, 2013

What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.

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The Takeaway

South Dakota Pleads for Farm Bill Extension

Friday, December 13, 2013

In October, an early blizzard killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota and Nebraska. Ordinarily after this kind of turmoil farmers can expect disaster relief funding through the Farm Bill—but this year that relief is in limbo. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the importance of the Farm Bill is Gary Cammack, a South Dakota Republican state representative and a rancher who lost more than 100 of his own cows and calves in the storm. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Will Happen Without A Philanthropist-Mayor?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Rory Lancman, former Assembleyman and incoming City Councilman, discusses how Mike Bloomberg ran the city like a philanthropist, using private money to solve public problems, and what comes next.

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Obama's 'You Can Keep It' Promise Is 'Lie Of The Year'

Friday, December 13, 2013

The nonpartisan PolitiFact has given the president's claim about his health care program a dubious honor. Obama said that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." When it became clear that wasn't correct, the White House tried to "rewrite his slogan," the fact checkers say.

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