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Juan Williams: Return Engagement

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Debate now, in this country, is stultified, and the best example would be the budget debate going on up in Washington, on Capitol Hill. These people are locked in by extremists positions on both sides, more so to me on the Republican side.

Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst, former senior correspondent for National Public Radio and author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Stephen Sweeney on NJ Budget Battles

Monday, July 25, 2011

When people started looking at these cuts, they were getting angry like I was...People see this as mean-spirited, cruel, honestly it’s heartless. Look, if you want to fight with me, fight with me. But don’t take innocent hostages.

New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How To Negotiate: From Debt Ceilings to State Unions

Friday, July 22, 2011

The question is often trying to figure out what kind of situation you’re in, because even when you’re in a long-term relationship, you’re still trying to decide who gets how much of the pie.

Alex Colvin, associate professor of Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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DOE Chancellor Walcott On Closing Schools

Friday, July 22, 2011

People are constantly trying to make this a charter versus non-charter debate. I’m not going to get sucked into that. It’s about quality options.

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Debt Ceiling Update - Is the Gang of Six Plan a Tax Increase or a Tax Decrease?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The reality is if Republicans by and large consider this to be a tax increase, it can't pass. Politically, they can't vote for it. And the people who say hey, it's not a tax increase, it's really a tax cut, there are all these wonderful things like lower rates, a simpler tax code, etc, then if they win that argument you can conceivably see a path forward for this.

Roll Call staff writer Steven Dennis on The Brian Lehrer Show

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J Street and the New Zionism

Thursday, July 21, 2011

To favor a Palestinian state and the creation of it on those lines is a fundamentally pro-Israel position, because Israel isn’t going to make it as a Jewish home and as a democracy if we don’t give up part of the land.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street and JStreetPAC and the author of A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Housing Numbers and the Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[P]eople are getting over this American dream of homeownership. They realize it can turn into much more of an American nightmare—that a house, in reality, is much more of a liability than an asset, and people prefer to rent than to own.

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Did It Work? Dodd-Frank

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I don’t want to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, but... these firms are even too-bigGER-to-fail now.

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Around the World with Hillary Clinton

Monday, July 18, 2011

Do I think that so far she’s been one of the great Secretaries of State in American history? No I don’t think so. But do I think that she’s been a better-than-average Secretary of State? Absolutely.

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Warren Out as Head of Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Monday, July 18, 2011

The $64,000 question, so to speak, [is] exactly how effective it can be in changing the daily lives of Americans as it relates to finance.

Carter Dougherty, reporter for Bloomberg News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why the 2012 Farm Bill Matters

Friday, July 15, 2011

These farm programs, they’re not worthy of the farmers who participate in them, to be honest. Farmers deserve a better safety net.

Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Building A Case Against Murdoch

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I think that Murdoch’s Humpty-Dumpty-ish fall will be accelerated more in the market than in the law.

Jeff Jarvis, professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and author of What Would Google Do?, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Representative Nan Hayworth on the Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The closer we bring our tax structure to being flat, the better we’ll all be... When you have a flatter structure, when you have more of us participating in the federal revenue collection, if you will... then those who may earn more will save and invest more, and that’s what we want.

Nan Hayworth, Congress Member (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Michael Eric Dyson: Marriage Pledge

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There's no question that African American families are under assault and that the marriageable pool index of Black people is being undermined by what--over-incarceration of Black men. Black women are being left alone because many Black men are being unjustly and unfairly imprisoned, besides the destructive practices that may be nurtured within the culture.

— Michael Eric Dyson professor of sociology at Georgetown University and author of Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Van Jones' American Dream

Friday, July 08, 2011

We've already had an austerity program given to us by Wall Street when it destroyed the economy in 2008; to add a public sector austerity program is the height of foolishness.

Van Jones, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Obama administration green jobs advisor, The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Debt Ceiling Talks Touch 'Third Rail': Social Security

Friday, July 08, 2011

There could be savings or revenues raised by cutting Social Security benefits, but if on the other side you don't see tax cuts eliminated for the wealthy, it'll be viewed as cutting benefits for Social Security recipients to maintain tax cuts for the wealthy.

Carrie Budoff Brown, Staff Writer for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Meet the IMF's New Leader: Dominique Lagarde

Thursday, July 07, 2011

She understands that Europe is the number one job for her to deal with right now, but she’s not going to get the support of the organization to deal with Europe unless she shows that she cares about the agenda of the rest of the world as well.

— Economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek Peter Coy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tax Caps and Sippy Cups: Leftovers From the Albany State Legislature

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

[Redistricting reform] has to be passed by another session of the legislature, then go to a public referendum. It's essentially pushing it off until the next Census, giving Senate Republicans a chance to go through the next election cycle and draw the lines for this one.

Glenn Blain, Albany bureau reporter for the New York Daily News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New York’s Frank Rich on Where Obama Went Wrong with Wall Street

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tea Partiers—and to some extent conventional Republicans—exploited this anger by turning the health care plan into another symbol of the big guy screwing you. If Obama had addressed this anger and been more proactive, he might not have been hoisted on petard of health care.

New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Debt Ceiling - A Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The inability of the Republicans--and we might as well not mince words--they are the ones impeding a settlement, the ability of them to do the financially, fiscally responsible thing, is almost breathtaking at this point.

Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg columnist, MSNBC analyst and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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