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A bipartisan budget deal will keep the government open and paying its bills, but it's being denounced by the right wing of the Republican Party. We hear how business as usual has become a political liability.

Later on the program, black life in America and "systemic" racism. We hear more from Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

Photo: Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves after the Republican candidate forum on Capitol Hill in Washington October 28, 2015. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Dennis Hastert of Illinois was House Speaker — third in line for the Presidency — from 1999 until 2007, longer than any other Republican has held that office.  Today, Hastert pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge that could mean six months in prison.  But Jason Meisner, who reports for the Chicago Tribune, says many questions about the case have yet to be answered. 

Guests:
Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune (@jmetr22b)

Cleaning the Barn and Passing the Gavel 33 MIN, 15 SEC

Today, Congress is likely to pass the first federal budget in five years. If the Senate agrees, the government will stay open and pay the bills until after the next election. For the most part, Democrats will be happy to go along, but Republican candidates for President and the right wing of the GOP are on the warpath against it. The likely new Speaker, Paul Ryan, won't have to deal with default or a government shutdown, but that looks like a curse to conservative colleagues. We hear how a temporary return to business as usual is dramatizing the Republican Party's radical change.

Guests:
Mickey Kaus, political commentator and author (@kausmickey)
James Fallows, Atlantic magazine (@JamesFallows)
Vin Weber, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)
Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (@wisvoter)

More:
Everett on Ted Cruz ripping the compromise budget deal
Everett on GOP candidates using the budget deal as a 'piñata' during debate
Atlantic magazine on the rise of Paul Ryan
Gilbert on why Ryan might, or might not, succeed as Speaker

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Growing Up as a Black Boy Facing Violence 10 MIN, 6 SEC

Ta-Nehisi Coates is national correspondent for the Atlantic magazine and author of Between the World and Me. Yesterday, on this program, he made the case for reparations to compensate for generations of racism in America. Today, he talks about his own life and what he's telling his teenage son.

Guests:
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Atlantic magazine (@tanehisicoates)

More:
TtP discussion on law enforcement, mass incarceration

Between the World and Me

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