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After New Hampshire, both parties will be chasing the fast-growing number of eligible Latinos. They could make a crucial difference in several states. We hear what divides a group of 27 million potential voters—and what unites them.

Later on the program, Beyoncé, the Super Bowl and Black Lives Matter.

Photo by: z2amiller

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer

Obama's Progressive Budget Deal Snubbed by GOP 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Lame-duck President Barack Obama released his final budget proposal today. He said the aggressively liberal program "is about looking forward." But, even before they knew the details, Republican leaders in Congress declared they would break with tradition by refusing even to hold committee hearings on the President's spending plan. Timothy Noah is Labor and Employment Editor for Politico.

Guests:
Timothy Noah, journalist and author (@TimothyNoah1)

The Great Divergence

Timothy Noah

The Potential Power of Latinos in 2016 35 MIN, 58 SEC

After President Obama's re-election four years ago, the Republican National Committee officially declared its intention to reach out to the growing Latino electorate. Four years later, a record 27 million Latinos are eligible — a 40% increase since 2008 – and both parties are vying for their support. But there's no such thing as the "Hispanic Vote." They're divided by religion, country of origin, economic class--and generation. There are liberals and conservatives. But one issue is uniting them as never before: Immigration — creating a special challenge for the Republicans, and not just because of Donald Trump. Will that increase their dismal rate of turnout in states where Latino votes could make a difference?

Guests:
Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News Latino (@SuzGamboa)
Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions / UCLA (@LatinoDecisions)
Alfonso Aguilar, American Principles Project (@amigoaguilar)
Clarissa Martínez de Castro, National Council of La Raza (@NCLR)

More:
Latino Decisions on Latino influence on 2012 elections
Latino Decisions on GOP hostile talk and Latino voters

Latino America

Matt Barreto

Beyoncé's Black Power Moment at Super Bowl 50 7 MIN, 34 SEC

Sunday's Super Bowl game was a defensive contest that failed to leave much of an impression.  Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance is another matter. 

Danielle Belton is Associate Editor of The Root, an online magazine that covers African-American culture.

Guests:
Danielle Belton, The Root (@blacksnob)

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