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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Instability rules in Italy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Instability rules in Italy

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Arthur Ashe; Bill Bradley; Sequestration Deadline

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.

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The Filibuster Solution, Or 'What If Honeybees Ran The U.S. Senate?'

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The politics of beehives might be able to teach our Congressional leaders a little bit about governing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Filibuster by Any Other Name

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.

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WNYC News

Five-Term Sen. Frank Lautenberg Announces Retirement

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg says he will not seek re-election in 2014.

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New Jersey News

Menendez Ethics Review Could Take Months

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

WNYC

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senate Immigration Reform vs. The President's

Friday, February 01, 2013

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, explains the differences between President Obama's immigration reform proposal and the Senate's.

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The Takeaway

Gabby Giffords Addresses Senate on Gun Control

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on the Lopate Show in 2008

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.

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WNYC News

Sandy Aid Clears Congress

Monday, January 28, 2013

The $50.5 billion dollar Sandy Relief package that passed the US House earlier this month, has passed the US Senate and will now head to President Obama's desk for his signature.

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WNYC News

Sandy Aid Bill Faces One More Beltway Twist

Friday, January 25, 2013

WNYC

WNYC has learned that the $50-billion-dollar Sandy Relief bill will be voted on by the Senate Monday afternoon and it will be debated.

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The Takeaway

What's in Store for the 113th Congress

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.

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The Takeaway

Secretary of State Nomination Could Bring Another Senate Race for Massachusetts

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.

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WNYC News

$60B Sandy Relief Bill Advances in Senate

Friday, December 21, 2012

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.

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WNYC News

Lieberman Retires, Celebrates Bipartisan Senate Accomplishments

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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.

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Transportation Nation

Hurricane Sandy was "Largest Mass Transit Disaster in our Nation's History," Says Senator

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snapped catenary poles on NJ Transit's Gladstone line (photo courtesy of NJ Transit)

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."

NJ Transit still has a rail line that is not operational, and the Port Authority says it will be weeks before it can restore Hoboken service on its trans-Hudson PATH train line.

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.

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Robert F. Kennedy Announces His Senate Candidacy, 1964

Monday, November 05, 2012

WNYC

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."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: George McGovern

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.

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The Takeaway

Paul Ryan Budget Creates Friction in Congressional Race

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.S. Senate Races Heating Up

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Politico political reporter, Dave Catanese, discusses the contentious U.S. Senate races in states like Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia -- and what they could mean for the balance of power in Congress.

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