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At a surprise news conference this morning, President Obama said the latest dispute over the debt ceiling is already damaging the economy.

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Sonya Geis

Making News Obama Makes Opening Argument on Debt Ceiling 12 MIN

President Obama held an unexpected news conference this morning to briefly review his first term in office as prepares for his second.  But his main focus was on the latest dispute with Republicans over the debt ceiling.  He said they have two choices: pay America’s bills or create an economic crisis…  

Guests:
Hans Nichols, Bloomberg Television (@HansNichols)

Main Topic The President, Republicans and the Debt Ceiling 30 MIN

To explain the debt ceiling dispute, the President today used a homely metaphor: eating out at a restaurant and not paying the bill… He accused Republicans of “playing chicken with the full faith and credit of the United States” and threatening to shut down the government. We explain the “debt ceiling” debate and its economic and political impacts.

Guests:
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
Kevin Hall, McClatchy Newspapers (@KevinGHall)

Main Topic The NFL and Brain Damage 18 MIN

Massive audiences are tuning into the NFL playoffs with the Superbowl just three weeks away.  At the same time, new medical evidence suggests the repeated physical blows some fans may relish leave players with traumatic brain damage.  

Expected Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide last may at the age of 43.  Postumous studies have made him the most high-profile NFL player so far to be diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy—or CTE… a finding that could lead to big changes in the NFL. 

Guests:
Andrew Brandt, ESPN (@adbrandt)
Bob Stern, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Boston University, and co-founder of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy
Will Leitch, New York Magazine (@williamfleitch)
Daniel Engber, Science writer and columnist for SLATE (@danengber)

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