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HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed

Monday, December 02, 2013

HealthCare.gov can reportedly now handle 800,000 users a day. But with Americans rushing to meet the December 23rd enrollment deadline in order to get coverage by January 1st, administration officials admit the site might become overloaded. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st district, is among those who have been concerned.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Latest on Metro-North Derailment; The Next Stock Bubble; Kenneth Cole; What I Carried

Monday, December 02, 2013

The latest on the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. Cyber Monday meets Obamacare. De Blasio transition latest. Plus: Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Roben Farzad explains why stock market analysts are concerned about casual investors; designer Kenneth Cole talks about how the AIDS research and advocacy group amfAR got its start; stories about immigration and the things people bring with them to their new home countries.

 

The Takeaway

HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed | Terror Watch Lists Brand Hundreds of Thousands | Retro Report: The Making of ‘Three Strikes’ Laws

Monday, December 02, 2013

HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed | A Look at the New Politics of Obamacare | Tensions Rise Between South Korea, China & Japan | Subprime Auto Loans: The Next Bubble to Burst? | Retro Report: The Making of ‘Three Strikes’ Laws | Terror Watch Lists Brand Hundreds of Thousands | ...

5 Most Memorable Political Ads Of 2013

Sunday, December 01, 2013

It may have been an election off-year, but that didn't stifle the creativity of political ad-makers in 2013. From "Creepy Uncle Sam" to screaming donkeys, there were plenty of eye-catching spots on the airwaves — or YouTube — this year.

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Week In Politics: HealthCare.gov And Troop Levels In Afghanistan

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ari Shapiro speaks with political commentators, EJ Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the HealthCare.gov Website and the discord over reaching a troop agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan.

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Obama Visits Immigration Activists

Friday, November 29, 2013

The president told activists on the National Mall on Friday that there is still time for the House to pass legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration system. The Senate passed a comprehensive bill in the summer. House Speaker John Boehner says he prefers a piecemeal approach.

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Tax Break For Mass-Transit Commutes May Soon Be Slashed

Friday, November 29, 2013

Unless Congress acts, the current monthly benefit for commuters using public transportation will be cut nearly in half starting Jan. 1. On the other hand, those who drive to work will see their benefit for parking costs rise slightly.

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Shopping Online For Health Exchanges Not Perfect Yet

Friday, November 29, 2013

There has not been much of a Thanksgiving break for the team that's been working frantically to repair the website of the federal government's health insurance exchanges. After a disastrous debut last month, the Obama administration promised the site would be working smoothly for the "vast majority" of users by the end of November. Where do things stand?

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Gabfest Radio

The Corporations Are Religious People Too Edition

Friday, November 29, 2013

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how the Iranian nuclear deal could cause a realignment of Middle Eastern politics, and what religious rights secular, for-profit corporations have.

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Thanksgiving: A Very Brief Political History

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Of all the things Americans traditionally associate with Thanksgiving — turkey, family, football — politics doesn't rate high on the list. But on occasion the national holiday has intersected with the political world and generated some stories to remember.

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The Takeaway

Happy Thanksgiving From The Takeaway!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

This Thanksgiving The Takeaway brings you some great conversations from the last year and an hour of pioneering female voices.

First, a conversation between Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and our host John Hockenberry offers an insight into the incredible career of Justice Ginsburg.

Next you will hear from ...

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WNYC News

City May Ban E-Cigarettes from Bars, Restaurants and Parks

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A new bill being that will be introduced next week in the New York City Council could take some of the oxygen out of the fast-growing market for tobacco-free e-cigarettes.

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Small Businesses Get One-Year Delay In Health Insurance Process

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Obama administration says it is delaying until November 2014 a requirement that small businesses shop for health insurance via the troubled federal HealthCare.gov site, which has been blamed for many problems since its launch last month.

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Community

Brian Lehrer and Friends Read the Gettysburg Address

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inspired by Ken Burns' call to action, we made our own video of the Gettysburg Address as read by Brian Lehrer, Brooke Gladstone of On The Media, Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, and other producers from WNYC. 

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The Takeaway

New Indictments Reopen Old Wounds in Steubenville

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In August 2012, a 16-year-old girl from a town in West Virginia, just across the Ohio River, accused two sophomore starters on the Steubenville High School football team of rape. A judge declared the two underage boys delinquent of rape, the juvenile guilty charge, last March. The investigation didn't end there. This week, a special grand jury handed down four adult indictments related to the case,  for the school superintendent, a former volunteer assistant football coach and two teachers. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses the charges, and examines the fallout in Steubenville, where he announced the indictments earlier this week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Democrat Against the Iran Deal

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eliot Engel, Democratic congressman representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester, discusses what he has called the "disappointing" deal with Iran and his concerns that it does not go far enough in removing that country's nuclear capability.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Details Emerge on de Blasio's Education Agenda

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

We play excerpts from an education forum at which Mayor-elect de Blasio spoke and discuss the latest transition news with Wall Street Journal political reporter Michael Howard Saul.

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The Takeaway

The Politics On Your Plate

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Each year while everyone else is stuffing turkeys and planning shopping lists, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is busy looking up how the companies behind a typical American Thanksgiving meal are busy wielding power in Washington. It turns out the Thanksgiving table is plentiful, delicious and absolutely riddled with political influence. Zwillich details the lobbying efforts of the National Turkey Federation, the Dairy Farmers of America and others.

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WNYC News

Make or Break Deadline for Willets Point Businesses

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dozens of businesses in Willets Point could shut their doors this Saturday to make way for the first phase of a $3 billion redevelopment plan, but many are struggling to find a new place to relocate.

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Medicaid Drives Expansion Of Health Care Coverage

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

After years of wide spread fretting about the size of the federal debt and angst about new federal regulations for health care, one federal program is enjoying widespread popularity: Medicaid. Morning Edition examines this political paradox.

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