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
By Robert Krulwich : Host, Radiolab
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
By Tracie Hunte : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg says he will not seek re-election in 2014.
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.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
On Thursday, Senator Chuck Hagel, Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, will testify before the Senate Armed Forces Committee. As he prepares for his confirmation hearings, you can hear his 2008 conversation with Leonard Lopate about his memoir, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers.
Friday, January 04, 2013
A new year, a new Congress, and the 113th Congress is the most diverse yet. Despite all the new faces, many early items of legislative business are old ones -- and ones which could come with old battles. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what's in store for the 113th Congress.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Senator Scott Brown may have lost his seat to Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, but his campaign has new life. With John Kerry well on his way to head up the State Department, Brown has a chance to fill his empty seat. Political writer David Bernstein discusses who might be Brown's challenger.
Friday, December 21, 2012
By Matthew Schuerman : Editor, WNYC
Senate Democrats said Friday they have enough votes to approve a more than $60 billion Sandy relief bill, overcoming objections that it includes too many pet projects unrelated to the storm.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Caitlyn Kim
Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman gave his farewell address in the chamber of the Senate Wednesday afternoon, wrapping up four terms in office that included a run as the Democratic nominee for vice president.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
By Kate Hinds
At an emotional hearing today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, senators representing storm-damaged states described the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said his state was the "epicenter" of the storm. He listed Sandy's toll upon New Jersey -- 39 dead, 231,000 homes and businesses damaged. And included in his list: the impact of the storm upon the region's transit system.
"The storm was the largest mass transit disaster in our nation's history. Four out of 10 of the nation's transit riders had their commutes disrupted by the storm, many still today," said Menendez. "NJ Transit alone had dozens of locomotives and rail cars damaged in the flooding and miles and miles of tracks damaged."
New Jersey is requesting $37 billion in federal disaster aid, of which $1.35 billion would go to transit, roads and bridges.
Watch the archived hearing here.
Monday, November 05, 2012
Nine months after his brother's death, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy enters the New York Senate race, appearing before the media to announce that "I have decided to make myself available for the nomination."
Monday, October 22, 2012
Senator George McGovern remained true to his liberal Democratic roots, nurtured in South Dakota, throughout his long life. He just died at the age of 90 in South Dakota, near where he’d spent his formative years. He won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 as an opponent of the Vietnam War. Though he lost to Richard Nixon, he continued to uphold progressive causes – and opposed with equal vehemence the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke to Leonard Lopate several times and you can hear his conversations with Leonard from 1996 and 2005.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Criticisms over the Paul Ryan budget's steep cuts to Medicare have made it a talking point for Democrats in tough Senate and House races across the country. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich took an in-depth look at the impact of the Paul Ryan budget on local races for a special airing Thursday night on PBS's NewsHour.