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Cory Booker and Rand Paul Join Forces

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (D-NJ) , talks about legislation he and Senator Paul have introduced, called the REDEEM Act, to reform the criminal justice system. REDEEM stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, and also aims to increase the age of criminal responsibility.

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The Violent Past of the NRA's Top Lawyer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." That has become something of a motto for the National Rifle Association. But according to a new report by Mother Jones magazine, a bad guy with a gun might be the NRA's top lawyer. 

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The 2014 Midterms: The Open Races to Watch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We continue our game of Texas Hold'em —Senate elections style—and take a look at how the battle for the United Sates Senate might go. Today the deck is stacked with races with open seats, where incumbents are retiring, leaving the door wide-open for a new candidate.

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Lessons from a Jewish Mother & Palestinian Father

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The daughter of a Palestinian father and a Jewish mother, Claire Hajaj's expertise on the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is personal. Her new novel is based on the story of her parents who met and fell in love at at British university in the summer of 1967 as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians raged on.

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Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Even though the pressure is mounting from both Europe and the United States, it's possible sanctions may not go far enough. What’s taken the U.S. and E.U. so long to reach consensus on sanctions? And how is this changing the relationship between Western Europe and Russia?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cory Booker on the REDEEM Act, Economic Worries, and Ebola Worries

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has teamed up with Sen. Rand Paul on criminal justice reform. Sen. Cory Booker outlines the main points of the proposed legislation, called the REDEEM Act. Plus: It’s a big week for major economic indicators; a law that’s meant to protect patients may actually be used more to protect medical centers; containing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak; and stories about the anxiety and stress of dealing with money in relationships. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Hopes and Dreams, Challenges and Lies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, reveals what President Nixon knew and when he knew it, and what happened during that mysterious 18 1/2 minute gap. When he was growing up, Brando Skyhorse was told that his father was an American Indian—but as he reveals in a new memoir, the situation is a lot more complicated. Tracy Droz Tragos discusses her award-winning documentary “Rich Hill,” about boys growing up in a struggling rural town in Missouri. She’s joined by one of the teenagers she profiles in the film. Plus, a look into the philosophical ideas that inspired America’s revolutionaries--from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Young, who started the Boston Tea Party.

The Takeaway

Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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All Things Considered

The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.

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All Things Considered

The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time.

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All Things Considered

Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.

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All Things Considered

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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All Things Considered

Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.

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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Truth Behind the Israeli Kidnapped Teens Story

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After it has come to light that the boys were kidnapped by a splinter group not formally affiliated with Hamas, one reporter explains how the evolving story is affecting the off-and-on negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza.

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An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 

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ISIS: From Militia to State

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The conflict in Syria is producing some gruesome images and harrowing statistics. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 1,600 people had been killed in just 10 days this month.

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Morning Edition

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.

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Today's Takeaways: A Senate Showdown, A Long Fight in Gaza, and E-Waste as Music

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1. An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels | 2. Democrats & Republicans Showdown as 2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up | 3. Electronic Waste Orchestra Turns Trash into Tunes | 4. Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak | 5. Listeners Respond: Ramadan Reflections