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The Mastro Report: Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Memos from the Mastro report that cleared Gov. Christie of any wrongdoing in the Bridgegate scandal were just released. Matt Katz, reporter for NJPR, explains what the documents tell us about how the investigation was conducted, the skyrocketing cost to taxpayers and what was left out of the report.

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New Jersey News

He Said, She Said: Quotable Moments From The Bridgegate Interviews

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WNYC

Even though the documents read like a defense of Gov. Chris Christie, the newly-released interviews include some revealing quotes.

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Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: New York City Council Member Stephen Levin

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Pick Three this week comes from Stephen Levin, New York City Council member for the 33rd district – which includes some of the hipsteriest parts of New York: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and part of Bed-Stuy. We talk with the bass player-turned-politician about some of his favorite new music.

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The Takeaway

Can Anyone Stop the Unrest in Ukraine?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The escalating tensions in Eastern Ukraine are being called Russian incitement by the West and a crackdown on free speech by the Russians. Can anyone stop this unrest or is Ukraine already essentially lost?

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Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is an air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

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The Takeaway

Louisiana Wants The Bible to be Official State Book

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Louisiana, serious controversy has arisen over a proposed bill to declare an official state book. That book? It's the King James Bible. Last Thursday, by an 8 to 5 margin, the bill passed committee with bipartisan support.

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The Takeaway

Gov. Deval Patrick Reflects on the Boston Bombing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombing, he talks about the city's response and how the tragic event affected his leadership.

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The Takeaway

Audio Essay: Remembering Boston

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A year ago today, no one knew what was about to happen, and for each runner, they knew it would be a momentous day. It was a momentous day for the whole city of Boston, the nation and the world of course.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Checking in with the Public Advocate

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, discusses her first 100 days in office. She sees the deal to save LICH as her biggest accomplishment thus far.

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Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

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In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents, thanks to a weak economy. He's hoping to eke out a win using policies and strategies favored by the president.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Do the Right Thing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letitia James talks about her first 100 days as public advocate. Plus: an investigation into potential abuses of justice in 50 cases in Brooklyn; why the “do as I say, not what I do” approach isn’t the best way to teach kids good morals; and “do we need to be touching right now?!” and other NYC etiquette questions answered.

Jami Floyd is in for Brian Lehrer today. Floyd is a legal contributor to Al Jazeera and an attorney. 

The Takeaway

Gov. Deval Patrick on the Boston Bombing | How to Make Passover Sangria | Louisiana Bill Would Make The Bible Official State Book

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Reflects on the Boston Bombing | Audio Essay: Remembering Boston | Can Anyone Stop the Unrest in Ukraine? | How to Make Passover Sangria | Louisiana Bill Would Make The Bible Official State Book | First Responders Mark Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings | Massachusetts Hospital Team ...

All Things Considered

A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some lawmakers say a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last year could be the state's best opportunity to pass needed safety measures. But it's going to be an uphill battle.

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John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction

Monday, April 14, 2014

A high school French teacher who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner has come up with a novel campaign approach: an ad spoofing virility drug commercials.

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All Things Considered

New IRS Commisioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code

Monday, April 14, 2014

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen discusses the challenges of running the government's tax collection arm, in the face of sequestration cuts and congressional scrutiny.

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The Takeaway

BPD Commissioner on 2014 Marathon Security

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has run in the Boston Marathon 18 times, but will be sitting this year's race out to focus on security. He reflects back on last year's attack and how the city is preparing for the 2014 race.

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WNYC News

Backed by Dems, Christie Pushes For Property Tax Relief

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some warn if the cap isn't renewed, services will be cut.

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Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages

Monday, April 14, 2014

A federal judge put a "stay" on his ruling, though, which apparently means his order affects only the four couples who sued to have their names put on their children's birth certificates.

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