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Catching Up With Rep. Jeffries

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries talks about his recent bi-partisan legislation, plus the continuing delay in confirming Brooklyn's Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries; How to Think About Aging; Subway Poetry

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries; #FLONYC; how to think about aging; a doctor advocates for fewer medical tests and a subway poetry project.

Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

David Remnick and Nathan Thrall on Obama and Netanyahu

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to a fourth term, after casting doubt on prospects for peace with the Palestinians, long a goal of the United States, and decrying President Obama’s nuclear dealmaking with Iran. This week, David Remnick and Nathan Thrall talk about the rocky relationship between Obama and Netanyahu and the possibility of a two-state solution.

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The Takeaway

Childless, Proud and Happy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writer Meghan Daum joins us for an honest conversation about why many adults chose not to have children. 

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Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.

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After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.

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The Takeaway

As Yemen Unravels, Saudi-Led Coalition Moves In

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Yemen's leader has fled, and the nation's defense minister was arrested. Amidst the chaos, Saudi Arabia is hitting back. Here's what the crisis means for a region beset by instability.

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Skinny Jeans, Expanded Waistlines, And A Washington 'Fix'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.

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The Takeaway

It's 'Vote-a-Rama' Time on Capitol Hill

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Vote-a-rama" empowers senators to offer an unlimited number of amendments to the budget. The last "vote-a-rama" took place in 2013 and included votes on 100 amendments over 13 hours. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's In and What's Out as Albany Enters Budget Crunch Time

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As the deadline approaches, a clearer picture is emerging of what's included in the New York State budget. Ethics reform is in. DREAM Act is out. Here's what else you need to know.

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The Takeaway

Judgement Day Looms Near for Boston Marathon Bomber

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The prosecution in the trial of the admitted Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is winding down.

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released From Prison

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson will serve out the remainder of his sentence for misappropriating campaign funds for personal use at a halfway house in Washington, D.C.

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All Things Considered

Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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Morning Edition

Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.

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Morning Edition

Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Yemen in Crisis, Child-Free and Happy, and Rampant Corruption

Thursday, March 26, 2015

    

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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On The Media

Episode 4: What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brooke discusses the fourth episode of House of Cards with Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz.
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Fresh Air

Journalist Says Ted Cruz's Message Is Clear That 'Compromise Is For Losers'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Cruz announced his presidency, he said: "It's time to reclaim the constitution." The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin discusses the strict legal philosophy that has shaped Cruz's political agenda.

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