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The Takeaway

For The Netherlands, a Complicated Year of Grief

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the wake of the MH17 crash that carried mostly Dutch passengers, the Netherlands considers its relationship with Russia in the year ahead.

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The Takeaway

Jeb Bush Stirs Political Déjà Vu

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 2016 presidential race is shaping up to be quite the political throwback. But can former Governor Jeb Bush win the GOP's nomination for president in 2016?

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The Takeaway

The U.S. & Cuba: A Historic Shift

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the first time in decades, the United States and Cuba will start talks aimed at normalizing full diplomatic relations. The news comes as an American prisoner is released from Cuba.

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The Takeaway

As Ruble Plummets, Russian Media Calls For Calm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Russian ruble plunged 20 percent on Tuesday, but state television insisted the falling currency is a good thing for the economy.

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The Takeaway

Will the Taliban School Attack Spur Real Change?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pakistan is still reeling in shock from a Taliban attack that left at least 140 people dead, nearly all of them children. But will this atrocious attack lead to real change?

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The Takeaway

Pakistani-Americans Mourn a World Away

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The world is grieving in the wake of a terror attack this week in Pakistan that left more than 130 children dead. A Pakistani-American explains how his community is coping.

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Morning Edition

Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.

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Morning Edition

Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of 2 former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.

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Morning Edition

Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cuba; Millennials; and Summons Court

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Youtube star Grace Helbig; City Councilman Rory Lancman; New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman; the terror attack at a Pakistani school; and a huge change to U.S.-Cuba relations.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Pivot Towards Cuba, The Sony Hack, and Political Déjà Vu

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Takeaway explores Obama's pivot towards Cuba, North Korea's anger over the new James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy, and we explore the future of Jeb Bush's political career.

New Jersey News

Does Bush Candidacy Push Christie to 2016 Sidelines?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for president.

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All Things Considered

Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The longer-than-expected Senate session is allowing Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid to confirm even more of President Obama's nominations to the federal bench.

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All Things Considered

Jeb Bush Inches Closer To 2016 Run

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush moved toward a run for the White House on Tuesday with his announcement that he's "actively exploring" the idea and creating a leadership PAC.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

For Love of the Ice

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hockey fans make up a small but vocal contingent of The New Yorker’s staff. On this week’s Out Loud podcast, three of the magazine’s most ardent rink rats—Ben McGrath, who recently wrote about the hockey player P. K. Subban; Nick Paumgarten, who plays regularly in a local league; and Adam Gopnik, who is Canadian—join the editor John Bennet to discuss the sport. They talk about how they first encountered hockey and learned to love it, the relationship between hockey and writing, and why, as Bennet puts it, having a child who plays hockey “seems to exacerbates the psychosis that is parenthood.”

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After 17 Years Behind Bars, Coming Home To A Different Life

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.

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With Facebook Post, Jeb Bush Takes A Big Step Toward 2016

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The former Florida governor announces that he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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The Takeaway

Taliban School Attack Kills More Than 100

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At least five to six heavily armed Taliban gunmen entered an army-run school in Pakistan this morning, killing at least 141 people—132 of them children.

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