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Report: Threat Of Mandatory Minimums Used To Coerce Guilty Pleas

Thursday, December 05, 2013

And the study by Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.

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The Takeaway

Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials? | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fast Food Workers Strike in 100 Cities | Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed? | A Delicate Dance: Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Immigration Advocates Face Hurdles In GOP House Districts

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.

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WNYC News

Meet the Two-Story, Top Hat Wearing, Cigar-Chomping Inflatable Pig

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Across New York City, small groups of pro-union activists, supporting various causes, are holding flash demonstrations.  What they have in common is a belief that the pro-labor momentum that began with Bill de Blasio’s election will lead to higher wages for workers and a union-friendly administration.

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The Takeaway

Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

According to South Korean intelligence, there is a major power shift occurring in North Korea. Dictator Kim Jong Un has reportedly ousted his uncle Jong Sung Taek—the most experienced person in North Korea and the one closest to the North Korean Military. How significant are these reports? We turn to Dr. Sung Yoon Lee, professor in Korean Studies at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for the answer.

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Income Inequality Is The 'Challenge Of Our Time,' Obama Says

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Obama, who has been criticized in recent weeks over the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, steered the conversation Wednesday back to the economy. His remarks on inequality follow similar comments the pope made last week.

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Poll: Support For Obama Among Young Americans Eroding

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A new survey finds that just 41 percent of adults ages 18-29 approve of Obama's job performance, his lowest-ever standing among the group. A majority of millennials also disapprove of the Affordable Care Act and the way Obama is handling a host of other key issues.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Appoints Government Veteran to First Deputy Mayor

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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When Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio introduced Anthony Shorris as his new first deputy mayor on Wednesday, he said that Shorris, currently senior vice president at NYU-Langone Hospital, wasn’t someone who would need any “wind-up pitches.”

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The Takeaway

As the U.S. Pivots to Asia, China Reasserts Its Influence

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

As the U.S. attempts its "pivot" to Asia, a region of growing economic power with potential new markets for American products, Chinese authorities are pushing back, claiming a new air defense identification zone in international air space. Peter Dutton is a professor and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. He explains that China is pressuring its neighbors and U.S. economic allies. Also joining the program is Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who examines American influence in the region.

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WNYC News

Help Us Crack a Case of Albany Corruption: The $3 Million Mystery

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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There’s a new report out that alleges corrupt misdeeds in Albany, including hidden campaign expenditures and bundles of contributions made to non-profits connected to lawmakers. Among the many findings, one stood out to us: A non-profit, housed in a New York City storefront, has received $3 million in funding from state lawmakers to provide medical services, but doesn't appear to have offered much in the way of services.

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Immigration Debate To Drag Into Next Presidential Election

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

It's more than likely that overhauling immigration will not happen this year. Congress has only nine working days left in 2013. And it appears, the issue will not be resolved next year either.

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Why $7-Per-Gallon Milk Looms Once Again

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don't reach agreement, the nation faces going over "the dairy cliff" – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.

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Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Your Political Brain

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In his New York Times column yesterday, David Brooks asks: How much emotional and psychic space should politics take up in a normal healthy brain? We take up the question: What's your answer? How do you find balance?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Brain on Politics; NYMag's Adam Moss; Fighting Corruption in Albany

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Following a columnist's question, we'll take your calls on how much emotional and psychic space politics should take up in a "normal healthy brain." Plus: Adam Moss, editor in chief of New York magazine, talks about changes to the magazine's print and online formats; more on the Moreland Commission on political corruption in Albany with Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos; the latest on the student protests in Ukraine; and Amazon's announcement that they want to start delivering with drones.

The Takeaway

Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations | As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | The Science of Charitable Giving

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations |  Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry | Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role | Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology | The Science of Charitable Giving

Lawmakers In Name Only? Congress Reaches Productivity Lows

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In terms of enacting laws, the current Congress is on course to be the least productive in modern times. Some House members think the lack of legislative activity is a positive development.

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New Jersey News

Nonprofit Alleges Sandy Victims Couldn't Appeal for Aid

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Were Sandy victims improperly denied federal funds for rebuilding?

Documents obtained by a nonprofit in New Jersey found that some Sandy victims may have lost out at a second chance at receiving federal relief money.

By Aug. 1, the Christie administration had spent its first batch of funds from $600 ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cuomo: I'm With de Blasio on Universal Pre-K

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says "you'll never have a governor and a mayor with the relationship that Bill de Blasio and I have." Cuomo called in to the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday morning (unprompted) to discuss, among other things, his work with New York City's new mayor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Are there So Many More Angry White Men?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Sociologist Michael Kimmel examines the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. In his book Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the economic, social and political shifts that have transformed the country.

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