What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker of the House looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the Republican brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, helps us understand what's to account for this sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.
One of the biggest items left on lawmakers’ to-do list before the end of the year is passing a farm bill. In October, an early blizzard killed tens of thousands of cattle in South Dakota and Nebraska. Ordinarily after this kind of turmoil farmers can expect disaster relief funding through the Farm Bill—but this year that relief is in limbo. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the importance of the Farm Bill is Gary Cammack, a South Dakota Republican state representative and a rancher who lost more than 100 of his own cows and calves in the storm.
While Sandy victims in New York wait anxiously for government assistance to rebuild their homes, a charity organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the storm to aid homeowners has steered millions of dollars to two troubled state-sponsored housing developments in Brooklyn.
A bill mandating speed humps on roads near schools was signed into law today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"A lot of these people are people who had one good year," says Harvard Business Professor Michael Norton on Americans considered "rich."
"I've spent the bulk of my career trying to work on behalf of the poor," Barrios-Paoli said at a press conference Thursday. "It is incredibly exciting for me to be in an administration that really makes that a central tenet."
The U.S. has long supported the effort that encourages the ouster of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad from power. Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that it would stop sending nonlethal aid—like food and medical supplies—to the moderate opposition in Syria, at least temporarily. Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of "In The Lion's Den: An Eyewitness account of Washington's Battle with Syria," joins The Takeaway to discuss these latest developments.
Long-term joblessness is up 213 percent, and some 1.3 million Americans are likely to see their unemployment benefits end this month—Congress has so far failed to include an extension to those benefits in any budget deal. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on the state of unemployment in the U.S. is Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
During the mayoral campaign, de Blasio railed against tax exemptions and tax abatements used to fund city development projects, and promised to end one program that he said will save the city $250 million.
Former Bloomberg spokesperson Stu Loeser and a range of experts take calls about Mayor Bloomberg’s impact on health, safety, inequality, and the future of New York. Plus: A look at why India has reversed its legal stance on homosexuality; and author Jennifer Michael Hecht on her new book, Stay, and the secular argument against suicide.
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As New York's new first family prepares to pack up and move to Gracie Mansion, a fellow Park Sloper bids farewell and vows not to trash their house with a rager.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, said he's encouraged by one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax commission proposals — to enact a circuit-breaker mechanism limiting the amount of property taxes paid by lower income New Yorkers. But he said he doesn't want to sacrifice money for schools in order to pay for tax cuts.