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New York, Washington Face 9/11 Terrorism Threat

Friday, September 09, 2011

Last night, as President Obama was giving his jobs speech, federal authorities were confirming reports that there is a specific, credible terrorist threat for the New York City and District of Columbia areas this coming weekend. Counterterrorism officials are investigating a possible truck bomb, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference last night that he would increase security in the city, and that residents should keep their "eyes wide open."

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The Takeaway

Who is Alan B. Krueger?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

President Obama announced his choice for the new head of the Council of Economic Advisers: Princeton University professor Alan B. Krueger. The 50-year-old most recently served as chief economist for the United States Treasury — those credentials might make for a quick Congressional approval.

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The Takeaway

Despite Debt Deal, Economic Outlook Remains Bleak

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Despite Congress finally passing a debt deal and President Obama signing off on the plan yesterday, the national mood was not celebratory. It's been a bad week for the economy, and it appears that it will only get worse. Last Friday, G.D.P. data showed disappointing economic activity in the nation's second quarter, and this week the Commerce Department released a report showing consumer spending fell in June. New employment figures, the economic indicator used to gauge growth, will be released Friday, and many are expecting them to be dismal.

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The Takeaway

The Tea Party's Take on the Debt Crisis

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The House of Representatives passed a landmark deal yesterday as the United States inched closer to defaulting on its debts. As the bill makes its way over to the Senate many are noting the influence that the Tea Party had on the outcome. During the debate, some Republican freshman members were urging leaders not to make any concessions, and some felt any increase in the debt ceiling was out of the question. How will these new Tea Party members react to Speaker Boehner's compromise?

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Crunch Time in Washington

Monday, August 01, 2011

The August 2 deadline for Congress to agree on a budget deal and avoid defaulting is looming uncomfortably close. Last night, President Obama and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said tonight that congressional leaders of both parties have agreed on a plan to lift the debt ceiling. They will present the plan to their caucuses this morning, and hope for the measure to pass through votes by both the House and Senate, in order to avoid a U.S. default by August 2.

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The Takeaway

How Would Default Affect US Military Families?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The debt ceiling saga continues to grip Washington, and as August 2 looms closer, the threat of a partial government shutdown and the loss of some government services seems possible. The White House and the U.S. Treasury Department have warned that military spending could take a hit, which has military families worrying about how they’ll be impacted.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing Obama and Boehner's Dueling Speeches

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner both addressed the nation last night, explaining where each of their parties stand on the current debate over the debt ceiling. What impact did the speeches have?

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The Takeaway

Obama Urges Compromise in Debt Talks

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama stood before the nation and pleaded with Congress to come to an agreement as soon as possible, in a prime-time speech to the American public last night. "We can't allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington's political warfare," he said. House Speaker John Boehner immediately followed Obama's speech with his response, agreeing that the debate needs to be resolved, but urging Obama to sign on to the Republican proposal to raise the debt limit.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Norway, Debt Limit, Murdoch

Monday, July 25, 2011

The methodical killing of over 90 people by a gunman in Norway over the weekend has gripped the world with horror. The accused, Anders Behring Breivik, is currently in police custody, and has said he acted alone. Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large of The International Herald Tribune, the international edition of The New York Times, believes this tragic event has made Europe aware of a different kind of threat that they never knew was out there - extremist right-wing groups.

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The Takeaway

Debt: Obama Praises Gang of Six Plan; Five States May Face Credit Downgrade

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, called it correctly on yesterday's show, saying that the Gang of Six — a bipartisan group of senators who have been trying to formulate a deficit-reduction plan for months — would make a comeback. President Obama praised praised the group's proposal yesterday, calling it a "very significant step" toward a budget negotiation.

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The Takeaway

McConnell Proposes 'Plan B' on Raising the Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

As the August 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling draws closer, there's more talk about the dire economic consequences that will ensue if policy makers in Washington fail to reach an agreement on a budget plan. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that a bipartisan agreement is not likely to happen, and has proposed a plan in which the president could increase the federal debt limit without Congressional approval.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Himes On Debt Ceiling

Monday, July 11, 2011

U.S. Congressman (D-CT-4), Jim Himes, will discuss the debt ceiling negotiations in Washington and other news of the day.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Economy, Gay Marriage

Monday, June 20, 2011

All the jawing and insult throwing has ceased for the time being as negotiations heat up on Capitol Hill over the debt ceiling. Vice President Joe Biden said there are four meetings scheduled, and "now we're getting down to the really hard stuff." Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, says Congress would love to get an agreement by the 4th of July—way ahead of the deadline in August. 

As Washington tries to get the debt ceiling squared away, the Federal Reserve will meet on Wednesday to discuss interest rates. Housing numbers have been consistently awful for some time now, with no sense of relief in sight. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at what we can expect from Wednesday's meeting, and whether or not it's likely that the Fed will decide to leave interest rates close to zero.

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The Takeaway

Can Weiner Repair His Brand?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has a communications crisis on his hands. He tweeted lewd photos to followers and then lied about it to his wife, his family and the press. In his emotional press conference, Weiner admitted to sending the photographs and apologized. Ron Bonjean leads Singer Bonjean Strategies, a communication and crisis management service. Weiner hurt himself, but he also hurt the Democratic party brand, says Bonjean. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation of Weiner in order to protect her party. However, did Weiner come clean fast enough to save his career?

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The Takeaway

Rick Santorum Launches 2012 Presidential Campaign

Monday, June 06, 2011

Former Senator Rick Santorum formerly announced that he will be running for president. Since the Tea Party movement is about spending and the size of government, Santorum is stepping in to claim the social issue territory. "What he hopes to bring to the race is a filling of the void on conservative social issues like gay marriage and abortion," says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. What does this mean for the Republican lineup? Todd Zwillich has the answers.

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Washington: Votes on Debt Ceiling, Libya

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

As the House gets ready to vote on raising the debt ceiling, a delegation of Congressional Republicans will meet with President Obama on Wednesday with a list of their demands. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has all the details. "Republicans are calling it a vote on the president's proposal on the debt limit, trying to tie it to the president's ankles," says Todd Zwillich. Meanwhile, there will also be a vote on the US role in Libya with Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) calling for a vote on a resolution to remove US personnel from Libya immediately.

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Kucinich Looks Forward

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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I think the American people ought to be fed up with a government that says one thing and does another. And if I do anything and add to this debate, it’s to just call it as I see it, and the way I see it is generally the way it is.

— Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D) for Ohio's 10th Congressional district, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 and 2008 elections, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Medicare at Heart of Special Election in New York 26

Monday, May 23, 2011

New York's 26th District will hold a special election tomorrow to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned in January aftter he had responded to a Craigslist ad with shirtless pictures of himself. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich takes a closer look at the special election and notes that this election may be the first test for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) budget proposal to cut Medicare.

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GOP and Newt Gingrich Part Ways on Budget

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top members of the GOP and Newt Gingrich are trading barbs after Gingrich criticized the Paul Ryan budget. After Donald Trump's announcement that he wouldn't run, Gingrich may be one of the most bankable presidential candidates for Republicans, but is he already burning bridges? Newt Gingrich said about Paul Ryan's proposal: “I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions... I'm against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.” The reaction, says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich was swift and heavy, with conservatives saying Gingrich undermined House Republicans.

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Washington: Debt Limit Debate, John Ensign's Ethics Troubles

Friday, May 13, 2011

Will Congress come to an agreement on raising the debt limit? Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich says there has been some affirmative movement this week with top level meetings between the President and lawmakers. Sen. Mitch McConnell said deep cuts in spending were needed for him to agree to raising the debt limit, targeting entitlement reform and health care. However, this is at direct odds with Democrats. Elsewhere on the Capitol, the Senate Ethics committee issued a report on former senator John Ensign, who may face criminal prosecution for violating ethics laws and election laws.

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