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  What’s at Stake: NewsHour on the Senate

How are critical Congressional races shaping up?


It’s a beautiful day in the Senate hearing chamber

Mr. Rogers reminds us why it’s vital to fund public media.


  Greg Wawro on ‘filibuster by flight’ in Wisconsin and Indiana

Jon Meacham talks to Professor Gregory Wawro of Columbia University about the controversial political tactics being used by legislators in Wisconsin and Indiana to avoid being forced to vote on legislation cutting benefits and collective bargaining rights for public employee unions.


The life and death of climate legislation, in graphic form

There are lots of villains and no heroes in a comic strip about the short life and gritty death of the landmark climate change bill.


Climate scientists prepare for new attacks after GOP wins

Climate scientists are preparing for new attacks from Republicans. But they don’t all agree on the right approach.


  George Packer and Tom Udall on the Senate’s ’empty chamber’

Need to Know talks with The New Yorker’s George Packer and Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico about gridlock in the U.S. Senate, once thought to be the greatest deliberative body in the world.


  The broken Senate

In a recent New Yorker article, George Packer described the Senate as a “sclerotic, wasteful, unhappy body.” He spoke with Need to Know.

Transcript: George Packer on ‘The Empty Chamber’

A transcript of Tom Casciato’s extended interview with The New Yorker’s George Packer.


  Need to Know, October 29, 2010: Election special edition

This week on Need to Know, we bring you a special hour-long report on the midterm elections, including a look at faulty voting machines and investigation into redistricting.

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