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Intelligence Squared: Income Inequality Impairs the American Dream of Upward Mobility

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. Some argue that the American Dream is dying as a result, while others believe the concept is a politicized red herring.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Caro & Garry Trudeau!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Jeffrey Toobin and John Cassidy on Ferguson

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“I think it would have been very difficult, maybe even impossible, to get a criminal conviction of Darren Wilson, given the evidence that came out,” says New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin. But, of the prosecutor Robert McCulloch, he adds, “However, by treating the process in such an unusual way—by going to a grand jury, by throwing all the evidence out there—he created a process that was very different and seemingly very pro-defendant and that, I think, taints the result.” Toobin joins John Cassidy and host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s Political Scene podcast to talk about the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown and how the issue of race plays out in the criminal justice system. They discuss the role of a prosecutor in a case with contradictory evidence, the choice to announce the decision at night, and the glaring absence of a cross-examination of Wilson. “Just from reading the transcript of his interview, it reads like a very prepared version. He wasn’t challenged at any point,” says Cassidy. “We don’t know how he would have held up on a witness stand.”

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Veto Threat Puts Tax Break Package Back At Square One

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

President Obama and many congressional Democrats object to making tax breaks for businesses permanent while allowing larger credits for the poor and middle class to lapse

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Community

PHOTOS: Brian Lehrer's 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Photo's from Brian Lehrer's 25th Anniversary Celebration at the New York Society of Ethical Culture

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The Takeaway

The Politics Behind Your Thanksgiving Meal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich tells us how the corporations that bring you Thanksgiving dinner are going nuts with the political action committees again this year.

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The Takeaway

Is Ferguson as Much About White Rage as Black?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country needs to be viewed in the context of American history, says Emory Professor Carol Anderson.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Politics Divide, Can Culture Unite?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Facebook data say political leanings influence what culture we like. Tell us what cultural touchstones you can actually agree on with friends and relatives across the political aisle.

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The Takeaway

How to Build Trust in the Justice System

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thousands around the nation took to the streets to demand justice. What about our system needs to fundamentally change?

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EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

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The Takeaway

Thanksgiving Movie Trivia Quiz

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This week, communities across the country will celebrate Thanksgiving. If you need to pass the time in between family photos and the big meal, take our Thanksgiving movie trivia quiz.
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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justice After Ferguson, WWII Hero Alan Turing and Eating Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Takeaway explores how to build trust in the justice system, why famed code-breaker Alan Turing was punished for being gay and how to get the most from every Thanksgiving bite. 

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

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Schoolbook

Bronx Students Test Their Voices on Ferguson Verdict

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The principal of a middle school organized a protest about the grand jury decision because he knew his students would have a lot to say. They also made a video about the shooting.
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The Takeaway

Rebuilding Community Trust in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A city reeling from pain is forced to look forward. But how do you build a bridge between officials and a community that is so angry and so disenchanted with their leadership? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey Pensions Change

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bob Grady resigned as NJ State Pension Fund overseer. David Sirota and Dan Primack discuss why.

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The Takeaway

A New Secretary of Defense, a New Military Strategy?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel comes as America's war strategy in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan is in the midst of total upheaval.

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The Takeaway

Why It's So Hard to Indict a Police Officer

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When it comes to police shootings, few officers are ever indicted, much less convicted. Is it time to change the law? 

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The Takeaway

Democracy on Fire in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A grand jury that was deliberating the fate of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson decided not to indict him for 18-year-old Michael Brown's shooting death.

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