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Hear de Blasio's 'Onion" Version of Snowstorm Warning

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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After a major winter storm all but missed New York City, the mayor took special joy in performing a dramatic rendition of a recent story from the satirical website The Onion.

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Democrats Say Silver Will Relinquish Speakership

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Assembly's Majority Leader is to take up the post temporarily until Democrats elect a new Speaker on Feb. 10.

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Cuomo Sprung Subway Shutdown on NYC

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Governor Cuomo did not give Mayor de Blasio "a lot of advanced notice."

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Obama Administration Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.

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Koch Brothers Put Price Tag On 2016: $889 Million

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The political network led by industrialists Charles and David Koch plans to spend about as much money as the entire national Republican Party spent in the last presidential election cycle.

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All Things Considered

Obama Makes Guest Appearance On Modi's Radio Show

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts a radio show and this week his guest was President Barack Obama. They answered questions from a curious Indian public.

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Koch Brothers Rival GOP With Plans To Spend $900 Million In 2016

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers have announced their fundraising goal for the 2016 election: nearly $900 million, which puts the assorted secret-money groups in the same league as the national Republican Party.

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The Takeaway

Back Off: A Police Warning

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department says that he believes those stopped by police have to take more responsibility to ensure that a simple stop doesn't turn into a tragedy. 

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The Takeaway

Saudi Arabia & America's Blind Eye

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama arrives in Saudi Arabia today to pay his respects for the deceased King Abdullah. But is the U.S. sending a mixed message to Saudi Arabia on human rights?

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Morning Edition

Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Renee Montagne talks to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski about White House plans to designate 12 million acres of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Police Brutality, Russian Spies, and The Silence of Snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the state of law enforcement in America, a Russian spy ring in New York City, and we explain why it gets so quiet when it snows.

The CBO's Good News, Bad News Economic Report

Monday, January 26, 2015

New numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office show Obamacare implementation will cost 20 percent less than expected through its first decade.

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At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

Monday, January 26, 2015

Do billionaires have too much influence in both major parties? Three top Republican presidential prospects say no.

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All Things Considered

India Rolls Out Red Carpet — And Camels — For Obama's Second Visit

Monday, January 26, 2015

Camels, dancers, military hardware and marching bands — all are on display in India before an American president trying to open a new chapter in U.S.-Indian relations.

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GOP Says Obama Must Act First On New ISIS Resolution

Monday, January 26, 2015

In his State of the Union address, President Obama asked Congress to pass a resolution to show national unity in the war on ISIS. GOP lawmakers say Obama must draft that resolution, even as they sue him for acting alone on immigration.

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Silver Helped Shape NYC Skyline

Monday, January 26, 2015

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As Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver ensured tax breaks for the real estate industry. Corruption charges against him could change the game  

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Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Monday, January 26, 2015

Of those 64 Democrats who cast a key anti-abortion vote in November 2009, only 12 remain in the House today.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The Gay Capital of the Nineteenth Century

Monday, January 26, 2015

Recently in the magazine, Alex Ross wrote about the little known history of gay rights in Germany in the late nineteen and early twentieth century. He joins Amelia Lester on this week’s Out Loud podcast to discuss how many of the ideas that we consider foundational to the modern gay-rights movement were first articulated in Germany more than a hundred years ago, and why this period is often overlooked. “German culture over the last couple centuries is so often seen through the lens of Hitler, of the Nazi period,” he says. “We tend to omit aspects of the story that don’t fit that narrative. And this astonishingly progressive movement around gay rights is an example of something that just doesn’t fit our stereotype.”​

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Writing a Diary in a Guantanamo Jail Cell

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba since 2002. He has never been charged with a crime.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Move to Protect Arctic Wildlife Triggers Fight With GOP

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the dismay and fury of GOP leaders, President Obama urged Congress to protect 12 million acres of Alaskan wildlife, a move that would prevent all future oil and gas development.

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