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City Council Names Streets After 'The Hammer of God' & Bullied Soldier

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A block of River Avenue in the Bronx is about to become "Rivera Avenue." 

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Is Economic Populism A Problem Or A Solution For Democrats?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A recent op-ed from a centrist Democratic think tank reignited an intraparty fight over the political pluses and perils of economic populism. But there are good reasons why we're unlikely to see a repeat of the battles of the mid-1980s.

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Bipartisan Negotiators Unveil Budget To Avoid January Shutdown

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The deal hammered out by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray would restore $65 billion in sequestration cuts in exchange for cuts elsewhere and additional fees.

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Woman Pleads Guilty To Mailing Ricin To Obama, Bloomberg

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ex-actress Shannon Guess Richardson, who had minor roles on The Walking Dead and The Blind Side, says that she tried to frame her estranged husband for the tainted letters.

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Transportation Nation

Could GWB Lane Closures Have Implications for Christie?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The controversy over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September is beginning to get national media attention as Democrats link Governor Chris Christie, a possible presidential contender, to the issue.

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WNYC News

Election Over, de Blasio Is — Still Fundraising

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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The election may be over, but Bill de Blasio is still fundraising. The mayor-elect is holding a high-dollar fundraiser at an undisclosed location Tuesday night to pay for his inauguration and transition. But unlike the campaign, there’s no public matching money this time around.

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The Takeaway

Obama & Raul Castro Shake Hands

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Call it the handshake heard around the world—during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Cuba's President Raúl Castro was in a meet-and-greet line of world leaders and President Obama shook his hand. Many conservatives in the U.S. reacted quickly and harshly to the handshake. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to react to the meeting between the two leaders.

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The Takeaway

The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. Nearly half of all New Yorkers live below or very close to the poverty line. Children make up a large part of this population—in total there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York. Andrea Elliot, reporter for our partner The New York Times, profiled one family caught in the shelter system in her five-part series “Invisible Child.”

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Conservative Firebrand Challenges Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The No. 2 Republican in the Senate is the latest GOP incumbent to receive a challenge from the right. In a surprise move, Rep. Steve Stockman, who has a knack for stirring controversy, entered the 2014 Senate race Monday just before the state's filing deadline.

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Fresh Air

How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Leaked internal documents reveal new insights into the goals and finances of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations to develop model bills that lawmakers try to pass in their state legislatures.

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The Takeaway

Ukraine & The Significance of a Statue

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On Sunday Ukrainian protesters toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kiev. It was a move seen by one member of Parliament as “the end of the Soviet occupation and the beginning of the final decolonization of Ukraine.” Joining The Takeaway to explain the significance of this statue’s undoing is Sasha Senderovich, assistant professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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On The Media

President Obama Took a Funeral Selfie.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If you still think funeral selfies need defending, at the very least this is no longer something you can blame on millennials. Also, someone needs to track down this actual selfie.

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The Takeaway

How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case Environmental Protection Agency vs. EME Homer City Generation. At the heart of the case is the question of who has the power to act on issues of controlling environmental hazards. Jeff Holmstead is a former assistant administrator for the E.P.A. who is now an attorney with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani. While the Obama Administration defends the E.P.A.'s right to regulation, Holmstead disagrees. 

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The Takeaway

The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Revelations by former N.S.A. contractor Edward Snowden have set of a fierce debate over national security and personal privacy, and the debate has become particularly intense for the Senate Intelligence Committee itself. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, discusses the past, present and possible future of the N.S.A. in his piece that appears in the latest issue of the magazine.

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The Takeaway

Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The House and Senate have come to a compromise on a bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep Guantanamo Bay open. The measure is the first change to laws governing sexual assault in the military in years. There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported in the first three quarters of this fiscal year—a nearly 50 percent increase. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the ins and outs of this deal.

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The Takeaway

The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Race is embedded the fabric of American culture, and racial categories and their implications persist today. In "A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America," Jacqueline Jones, professor of history at the University of Texas, Austin, argues against our continued use of racial categories—at least in the ways Americans have used these categories since the country's founding. 

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The Takeaway

Carrying Forward Mandela's Legacy | The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A. | The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Carrying Forward Mandela's Legacy | The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A. | How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have? | Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill | Ukraine & The Significance of a Statue | The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences | The 'Invisible' Homeless ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYT on Homelessness; Marty Markowitz; Urban Monk

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's not just Bloomberg who says goodbye on January 1st -- Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is also leaving office after twelve years. We discuss his time in office and the rise of Brooklyn over the last decade. Plus: New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott on her five-part series about homeless child, which she spent a year reporting. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defends Common Core. And a Hare Krishna monk discusses life in NYC.

Transportation Nation

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

Monday, December 09, 2013

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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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