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GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One of President Obama's first promises in office was to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Congress, however, is trying to shut down the effort to empty the camp of all its inmates.

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Morning Edition

Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some residents complain that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has done little to help the impoverished neighborhoods where much of the unrest occurred. Will the crisis tarnish the rising star?

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Morning Edition

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Manufacturers have refused to provide one of three drugs used for lethal injection, so Oklahoma switched to another drug. But critics say midazolam doesn't work well to render prisoners unconscious.

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Morning Edition

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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Morning Edition

Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Following a South Korean trade pact in 2012, the U.S. deficit with that country widened by 80 percent. But some argue that if the U.S. doesn't create trade rules, there won't be any.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Baltimore; SCOTUS; Outfits; Blind Auditions & a Cop's View

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SCOTUS and marriage; Baltimore update; why you should wear the same thing to work every day; auditions; and an NYPD officer's stories.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Video Game Fame, Debating Cruel and Unusual Punishment, and Wendell Pierce From 'The Wire'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Takeaway chats with the creator of "The Oregon Trail," we look at a death penalty case before the Supreme Court, and Wendell Pierce who played Bunk on "The Wire" discusses Baltimore.

The Takeaway

Wendell Pierce of 'The Wire' Reflects on Baltimore's Real-Life Struggle

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As Bunk on "The Wire," Wendell Pierce lived and worked in Baltimore for years. He reflects on the fictionalized world of "The Wire," and the real-life problems of today.

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All Things Considered

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Justice Kennedy, seen as the determinative vote in the same-sex-marriage cases before the Supreme Court, was very tough on gay-marriage advocates.

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All Things Considered

Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton, On Trade

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said presidential candidates can't "hedge their bets" when it comes to trade. But that's exactly what Hillary Clinton has done so far.

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All Things Considered

Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.

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All Things Considered

'No Excuse' For Violence In Baltimore, Obama Says

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama called the perpetrators of the violence "criminals" during a joint news conference with the Japanese prime minister Tuesday. He said their actions obscured peaceful protests.

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The Takeaway

To Thee I Wed: The Arguments For & Against Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that may decide once and for all whether gay couples have the same rights to marry as straight couples. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Fight Bigotry...With Delightful Posters

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The comedians Negin Farsad & Dean Obeidallah discuss their "Fighting-Bigotry-With-Delightful-Posters" campaign, conceived as a response to ads on the MTA that demonized Muslims.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Responds

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, responds to the past week's stories circulating related to the candidate.

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The Takeaway

Baltimore Burns as Anger Boils Over

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chaos and violence broke out in the streets of Baltimore on Monday following the funeral service of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who was fatally injured while in police custody.

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Panned When It First Came Out, The Clinton Logo Is Saying Something Now

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Democratic presidential candidate's campaign logo was snickered at. But it has shown versatility, morphing to include backgrounds of Iowa, New Hampshire and, on Tuesday, to support gay marriage.

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Did You Know It's Legal In Most States To Discriminate Against LGBT People?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage Tuesday. But in many states, a person can marry someone of the same gender and still be fired for being gay.

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The Takeaway

Real Voices of Baltimore

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

As the city looks to heal, we're bringing you a few moments after a night of fear, violence, and heartbreak. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elizabeth Warren's 'Campaign'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president, but she is having an effect on the Clinton campaign. The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza explains how and why.

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