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In GWB Hearing, "Aberrant" and "Illegal" Lane Ploy by Christie Men Draws Fire

Monday, December 09, 2013

WNYC

For as long as anyone can remember the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has worked like this: Two governors divide up the board and staff appointments, and the contracts that flow from that. No one blows the whistle on anyone else, because that might jeopardize one's own spoils. Not anymore.

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Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

Monday, December 09, 2013

But Republicans blocked a measure that would have strengthened the restrictions on the firearms that can skirt airport detectors.

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Ethics Panel Hands Down Holiday Gift Rules — In Rhyme

Monday, December 09, 2013

With stern and often complex limits on accepting gifts, the House Ethics Committee sends out a guidance memo each holiday season. This year's version has seven pages of Capitol Hill holiday gift rules — and one page of advice in the form of a poem.

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Senate GOP Could Taste Sweet Revenge In Supreme Court Case

Monday, December 09, 2013

If the Obama administration winds up losing a Supreme Court case challenging President Obama's recess appointments, the Senate back story could make the win especially gratifying for Republicans.

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Government Sells Last Shares In GM, Loses $10 Billion

Monday, December 09, 2013

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the government lost $10.7 billion on the deal but saved an estimated 1.5 million jobs in the industry.

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WNYC News

How You Helped Us Solve a $3 Million Mystery

Monday, December 09, 2013

An investigative commission dangled juicy clues about the identity of a Brooklyn nonprofit it claimed has been steered millions in taxpayer funds by state lawmakers. Now the mystery has been solved - though many questions remain about what taxpayers have gotten for their money.

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WNYC News

In Response to Stop and Frisk Allegations, Retailers to Post a 'Customer's Bill of Rights '

Monday, December 09, 2013

A coalition of major retailers and civil rights groups have co-written a "Customer's Bill of Rights," which the Retail Council of New York said will be posted in stores this week. The goal: to ensure black shoppers won't be racially profiled for making expensive purchases.

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The Secret's Out: Obama Acknowledges Existence Of Area 51

Monday, December 09, 2013

Conspiracy theorists have been obsessed with the secret Nevada military base for decades, claming that the U.S. government is holding aliens and crashed UFOs there.

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The Takeaway

How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History

Monday, December 09, 2013

As the president and Congress debate the minimum wage and the efficacy of food stamps, a new book by Dr. Mical Raz challenges the underpinnings of our understanding of poverty and how best to combat it. In "What's Wrong with the Poor?: Psychiatry, Race and the War on Poverty," Dr. Raz argues that the theory of deprivation—which drove the Johnson Administration's approach to policy-making—led policy-makers to ignore structural inequality.

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The Takeaway

Governors Petition EPA for Tighter Regulations

Monday, December 09, 2013

Today governors of eight Northeastern states plan to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to force tighter air pollution regulations on nine Rust Belt and Appalachian states. The petition comes the day before the Supreme Court is to hear arguments to determine the fate of a related E.P.A. regulation known as the “good neighbor” rule. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Coral Davenport, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Hundreds of Thousands Take to Ukrainian Streets

Monday, December 09, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Ukraine on Sunday to take part in demonstrations against the government. During the unrest in the capital city of Kiev, protesters showed their anger by smashing a statue of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. The latest protest was the largest yet in almost three weeks. David Herszenhorn, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us from the site of the protest in Kiev.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

This Week in Local Politics: Bratton Reaches Out

Monday, December 09, 2013

The once and future NYPD chief is making overtures to assure skeptics that he will uphold Bill de Blasio's pledge to improve community relations -- and in an op-ed over the weekend Sharpton referred to Bratton as a "friend" despite criticism during his first stint as chief.  Errol Louis, host of Road to City Hall on NY1, and Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, discuss the Bratton appointment and what is still to come in the de Blasio's transition efforts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DC's (Next) Budget Battle

Monday, December 09, 2013

Congress goes on vacation Friday, before then a budget deal needs to be reached in order to preserve several social safety programs. Lori Montgomery, politics and economic policy reporter for the Washington Post, explains why this deal is not a landmark of bipartisanship despite moving along (relatively) smoothly.

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Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn't Always Admired In The U.S.

Monday, December 09, 2013

During the Cold War, successive U.S. leaders supported the white South African government because it staunchly opposed communism. Mandela's African National Congress, meanwhile, had many ties to the Soviet Union and viewed it as more sympathetic to their cause than the U.S. and other Western countries.

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WNYC News

Cuomo's Tax Commission Report Delayed

Monday, December 09, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's commission to study tax cuts missed the deadline to report its findings by Dec. 6, after controversy over former Gov. George Pataki’s desire to cut income taxes for all wage earners, including the wealthy. 

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The Washington Report

Mandela's Changing Image; Germany's Ire Over Wiretapping; and the U-S Employment Rate

Monday, December 09, 2013

Kerry Nolan speaks with the New York Times' David Sanger about how the late Nelson Mandela was viewed by the West during the Cold War years; Germany hasn't let the furor over the NSA's alleged wiretapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel die down and the US unemployment rate has finally dropped to 7 percent. 

The Takeaway

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Road Ahead for Syria & the OPCW | How to Combat Poverty: Lessons from History | Retro Report: The Exxon Valdez Disaster | Vast Number of Silent Films Lost to History | Holiday Etiquette in a Digital Age

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WNYC News

De Blasio On The Lessons From Mandela

Sunday, December 08, 2013

WNYC

As people continue to mourn the death of the late South African president Nelson Mandela, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a remembrance at a Brooklyn church on Sunday saying that he plans to use lessons from Mandela's life as he leads New York City.

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Debate On Wage And Wealth Gap Heats Up; Solutions Elusive

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Fast-food workers across the country protested their low pay this week, while President Obama decried the nation's growing wealth gap, calling it "the defining challenge of our time." Meanwhile, the nation's capital city passed a new minimum wage law.

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Congress Aims For The Modest Bargain

Sunday, December 08, 2013

It's not a grand bargain, as many were hoping, but House and Senate leaders say they are close to a budget agreement that will avoid a shutdown and set spending levels for the next two years. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to host Rachel Martin about the negotiations.

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