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Get ready to hear more a lot more about religious issues in 2017. White religious voters in large part helped Donald Trump win the White House. Early this year, the Trump Administration, backed by a Republican Congress, will take up pending religious liberty questions in all three branches of government. That’s according to Emily Green of The Atlantic.
What if the government guaranteed everyone a basic amount of income, regardless whether you work or not, let's just say $10,000. If you were broke, at least it could help pay for a roof over your head. If you didn't need it, you could put it away for an emergency. This idea has been kicking around since the 18th Century, with some famous proponents including Martin Luther King, Jr. Some famous conservative economists like Milton Friedman, who called it a negative income tax. This money would take the place of welfare, unemployment, maybe even housing vouchers and food stamps, all of which are costly and require big administrative costs.
Andy Stern, Service Employees International Union (@AndyStern_DC)
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (@GreensteinCBPP)
Veronique de Rugy, George Mason University (@veroderugy)
Dylan Matthews, Vox (@dylanmatt)
Looking back now, 2016 seems to be the year so many of us got so much so wrong: Brexit, Trump, low-fat dairy, Ken Bone for heaven's sake. Prognosticating has never been something humans excel at. Chuck Klosterman has some ideas about why we go so far off the mark when we try to imagine the future in science or culture or politics. But, of course, there's a pretty good chance he's wrong too. He's author of But What If We're Wrong? Thinking about the Present as though It Were the Past, and he's going to help us think about 2017 like it's the past.
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Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
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