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The Bags and Bags and More Bags of Cash Edition

Friday, May 29, 2015

Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the U.S. government's case against international soccer's most powerful and corrupt organization, the assault against the USA PATRIOT Act, and a curious Supreme Court case that could be a boon to Republicans. The Slate Political Gabfest is sponsored by Stamps.com. Buy and print official U.S. postage using your own computer and printer, and save up to 80% compared to a postage meter. Sign up for a no-risk trial and a $110 bonus offer when you visit Stamps.com and use the promo code GABFEST.     And by the University of California, committed to advancing our world through discovery. Learn more at universityofcalifornia.edu. The University of California—the power of public.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.     Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FIFA; Rise of PTSD; Aftershocks of Apartheid

Friday, May 29, 2015

The aftershocks of apartheid in South Africa; the reasons PTSD rates are on the rise in soldiers; dogs may soon be allowed in outdoor seating areas; & the FIFA scandal unravels.

The Takeaway

Hockenberry: Why Better Times Will Remain Out of Reach

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In John Hockenberry's latest blog post, he argues that at least one branch of government should actually make a real decision to help Americans.

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WNYC News

State Senator Dean Skelos Indicted; New Details Revealed

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WNYC
The former New York Senate leader and his son have been indicted on federal corruption charges in Manhattan federal court Thursday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who's Shadowing Hillary Clinton?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Carly Fiorina, a Republican candidate, appears to be following Hillary Clinton around the country and speaking on similar issues. What are Clinton's Democratic challengers saying? 

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The Takeaway

FCC Pushes For Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a plan to change the subsidy program known as Lifeline, which provides better telecom services to poor Americans.

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The Takeaway

The West's Man-Made Water Crisis

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Seven states depend on the Colorado River for water. A new investigation from ProPublica finds that much of the drought is man-made—and subsidized by the federal government.

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The Takeaway

Nestlé Bottles Water on Expired Permits in CA

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nestlé, the biggest producer of bottled water in the United States, has been tapping into California springs using water permits that expired 27 years ago. And they're not the only ones.

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Morning Edition

Kentucky's GOP Must Unite Behind Winner In Primary For Governor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

After a close three-way race, Republican Matt Bevin is set to be declared the winner of Kentucky's gubernatorial primary. A majority of his own party's electorate voted for other candidates.

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Morning Edition

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto; Abolish Death Penalty

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nebraska's governor had tried to veto a bill repealing the death penalty but the one-house legislature overrode the veto. Nebraska has executed only three prisoners since the 1950s, the last in 1997.

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Morning Edition

Rick Santorum Announces Another Run For GOP's Presidential Nominee

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum joined the list of 2016 Republican presidential contenders on Wednesday. Santorum, the surprise winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses, may have a tough task ahead of him.

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Morning Edition

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

African Americans are going to be key to a Hillary Clinton presidential run. After a tense 2008 primary fight with Barack Obama, she's trying to win them over.

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Morning Edition

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

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WNYC News

Pataki Chooses GOP Landmark to Announce White House Bid

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The former New York Governor heads to New Hampshire Wednesday to officially announce his run for president.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 2016 Democratic Field; Online Pricing; Summerstage

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A survey of the Democratic presidential candidates for 2016; how data collection is affecting pricing on the web; infidelity and cheating in women; & a Summerstage preview.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Fighting Teen Porn, Drought, and Corruption

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the new documentary "Hot Girls Wanted," we explore the abuse of water permits in California, and the DOJ's case against FIFA.

Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Does Bill Clinton have a secret corporation that he is using to hide money? Is it intended to pay a lower tax rate? Or is it something else entirely?

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WNYC News

Adios, Private Insurers? Assembly Votes for Single Payer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A similar bill passed in 1992 and went nowhere. This one also lacks senate support. Is it a 'step in the right direction' for liberals — or just a dead end?

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Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nebraska just repealed its death penalty. Here's a look at where the law stands in your state.

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All Things Considered

Nebraska Legislators Overturn Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Nebraska Sen. Jerry Johnson, who said he switched his vote in the decision to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska after speaking with his constituents.

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