Wednesday, May 22, 2013
In a cordial Senate hearing that would seem to bode well for his confirmation, Anthony Foxx said that as secretary of transportation, he would prioritize safety, efficiency, and multi-modal infrastructure.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) says a partisan atmosphere in Washington inspired her not to run for re-election. She talks about her recommendations for moving beyond the divide in Congress and her approach to politics in her new book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress. Plus: Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, returns to discuss the data on the cost of mammograms collected with WNYC. Then, a report on the “State of Friendship”; and New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald discusses one person’s life featured on today’s obit page.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The sequestration cuts are being felt, and Congress is rolling back some of the bill they passed earlier this year. Nancy Cook, economic and fiscal policy correspondent for National Journal, talks about the latest news from Washington, including the congressional response to sequestration-induced flight delays.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Yesterday, the senate voted down a plan to expand background checks on firearm sales, as well as several other amendments gun control advocates said would help prevent gun violence. Glenn Thrush, Senior White House Reporter for POLITICO, discusses the vote, President Obama's impassioned reaction to the defeat, and what comes next.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In a groundbreaking move, a compromise has been reached on gun legislation between Senators Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania. It sets the stage for the Senate to take up a debate on gun legislation today. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and special guest Will Saletan discuss the immigration reform deal that’s giving Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio cold feet, and the new laws passed by several conservative states that widen restrictions on abortions.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
At 4:56am Saturday morning, Senate Democrats passed a budget for the first time in four years. Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, discusses the dueling Republican and Democratic budget proposals, whether there were any surprises in the 500+ amendments proposed during the Senate negotiations, and other news of the week from Washington.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Obama and Boehner continue to square off over long-term deficits, while Congress tries to come up with a budget. Nancy Cook, budget and tax correspondent for the National Journal, discusses Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Paul Ryan's dueling plans. Plus: After CPAC, the RNC has released a "Growth and Opportunity Plan" (read it below) that includes a call for immigration reform, a shorter primary season, and a turn to "data-driven" campaigning. Will it jumpstart a GOP turnaround?
Thursday, March 07, 2013
WNYC’s Bob Hennelly discusses the Senate ethics probe into the relationship between New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez's and a major campaign donor. We’ll also look at Sen. Menendez’s campaign finance operation and his broader sphere of influence.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The deadline for a deal to avert automatic spending cuts from Washington is Friday, March 1. WNYC’s Bob Hennelly talks about what kinds of local services would see their budgets cut if no deal is reached. Then, former NY Knick and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley talks about Senate and New Jersey politics. Plus: remembering Arthur Ashe; and a series on idioms continues with phrases on animals.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The politics of beehives might be able to teach our Congressional leaders a little bit about governing.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Yesterday the Senate voted "no" -- by one vote -- on a move that would have allowed the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Steven Dennis, White House corespondent for CQ/Roll Call, discusses why Republicans are delaying the vote, and what next week may hold.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg says he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
The Senate Ethics committee is looking at whether Senator Bob Menendez acted improperly when he failed to disclose gifts from a political donor who is under investigation by the FBI.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
There was drama and division on Capitol Hill today in the first Congressional hearing on gun control since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has been following the hearings from Capitol Hill.