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In his articles for The Nation and his commentary for MSNBC, Chris Hayes is one of the best at explanatory journalism. In this weekly podcast, Hayes explains one big idea from the week in the politics, helping listeners make sense of Washington, D.C.

In his articles for The Nation and his commentary for MSNBC, Chris Hayes is one of the best at explanatory journalism. In this weekly podcast, Hayes explains one big idea from the week in the politics, helping listeners make sense of Washington, D.C.
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In his articles for The Nation and his commentary for MSNBC, Chris Hayes is one of the best at explanatory journalism. In this weekly podcast, Hayes explains one big idea from the week in the politics, helping listeners make sense of Washington, D.C.

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Episodes

The Breakdown: Can Any Candidate Keep the GOP Together?

6/17/2011
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Can the fractious elements of the partyincluding tea party fanatics, fiscal hawks and the religious rightcome together behind a single candidate?

The Breakdown: Is Syria on the Brink of Revolution?

6/10/2011
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Political analyst Joshua M. Landis explains why the Syrian president's recent concessions are too little too late for a burgeoning protest movement that's interested in more than piecemeal reform.

The Breakdown: How Does US Campaign Finance Stack Up Against the Rest of th

6/3/2011
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Are other countries as vulnerable to the effects of money and private interests in politics as we are in the United States?

The Breakdown: Can the Government Protect Boeing's Workers?

5/27/2011
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Boeing's workers allege that the company retaliated against them for exercising their statutory right to go on strike and collectively bargainwhat can the National Labor Relations Board do about it?

The Breakdown: Are Political Advocacy Donors Evading Taxes?

5/19/2011
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The IRS is investigating whether five wealthy donors financing political advocacy groups should be paying additional taxes on their contributions. What is this tax, and why hasn't this been enforced before?

The Breakdown: Is Syria on the Brink of Revolution?

4/29/2011
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Political analyst Joshua M. Landis explains why the Syrian president's recent concessions are too little too late for a burgeoning protest movement that's interested in more than piecemeal reform.

The Breakdown: Are Financial Institutions Holding Our Economy Hostage?

4/22/2011
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Years after we were first told that the banks were too big to fail, we still seem to be held captive by the same financial system that caused our economic mess in the first place.

The Breakdown: How Does US Campaign Finance Stack Up Against the Rest of th

4/15/2011
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Are other countries as vulnerable to the effects of money and private interests in politics as we are in the United States?

The Breakdown: What Can The Federal Reserve Do for You?

4/8/2011
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Matthew Yglesias joins Chris Hayes to explain the vital role the Fed plays in managing the health of the economy.

The Breakdown: Are Antitrust Laws a Thing of the Past?

4/1/2011
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With ATT's announcement that it will buy T-Mobile, the wireless industry goes from four major carriers to three. Does anyone care about antitrust and consumer protection laws anymore?

The Breakdown: Is the US Military Action in Libya Unconstitutional?

3/25/2011
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Exactly one week ago, citing the UN Security Council mandate to impose a no-fly zone, President Obama announced the US shall pursue military operations in Libya. Remarkably, for a Congress usually quick to question the constitutionality of the President's every move, members on both sides of the aisle have only in the past few days begun to raise serious questions. In this week's edition of The Breakdown, DC Editor Christopher Hayes talks with constitutional scholar Bruce Ackerman about...

The Breakdown: Why Are Public Pensions 'Unfunded'?

3/18/2011
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As Republicans escalate their assault on the benefits and livelihoods of public sector workers, they continue to point to so-called unfunded pension programs as a symbol of broken government. But how did these pensions become unfunded in the first place? Christopher Hayes and Dean Baker explain.

The Breakdown: How Can Obama Help Organized Labor?

3/11/2011
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With no help likely to come from Congress, Dorian Warren and Chris Hayes ask: what can Obama, his National Labor Relations Board appointees and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis do to promote labor organizing?

The Breakdown: Do Corporations Deserve 'Personhood'?

3/4/2011
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The Supreme Court recently ruled in FCC v ATT that corporations cannot claim a right to personal privacy under the Constitution. Will that decision affect past cases that affirmed corporate personhood, like Citizens United?

The Breakdown: Why Aren't Corporations Paying Their Taxes?

2/25/2011
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With pressure mounting for both sides of the aisle to pursue a more fiscally responsible budget plan, Chris Hayes talks to David Cay Johnston about why generating more revenue from uncollected corporate taxes isn't on the agenda.

The Breakdown: Is the Federal Deficit Actually Bad for Our Economy?

2/18/2011
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Why, exactly, is the federal government deficit a bad thing? We've all heard the numerous objections: the deficit increases interest burdens, contributes to currency inflation and leaves us in debt to foreign states and investors. But why has deficit spending, as we're told, suddenly reached crisis level? On this week's edition of The Breakdown, DC Editor Chris Hayes and economist Robert Pollin talk about why the standard arguments against deficit spending don't tell the whole truth, and why...

The Breakdown: In an Age of Austerity, Can't the US Cut the Military Budget

2/11/2011
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The US maintains the most expansive and expensive military on the planet. On this week's edition of The Breakdown, D.C. Editor Chris Hayes and Institute for Policy Studies Research Fellow Miriam Pemberton discuss just how much the U.S. could afford to cut Pentagon spending while maintaining its status as the dominant military force in the world.

The Breakdown: Why Is Egypt in Revolt?

2/2/2011
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Rampant corruption and arbitrary imprisonment, a senseless bureaucracy, a financially destitute majority and police-led torture of civiliansthese are among the unbearable conditions that have spawned a peoples revolt in Egypt.

The Breakdown: Why Are We Paid Every Two Weeks?

1/21/2011
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How and when did it become the norm for businesses to pay their employees every two weeks, rather than, for example, on a daily or even seasonal basis? Is this simply a way for bosses to receive a 0% interest loan from labor, leaving workers at the mercy of payday lenders in times of financial stress? Or are there other practical reasons for a bi-weekly payroll? On this week's edition of The Breakdown, DC Editor Christopher Hayes and labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein explore the history...

The Breakdown: Should the US Return to the Gold Standard?

1/14/2011
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Congressman Ron Paul is a supporter of it. Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner had a sick obsession with it. Eliminated by Richard Nixon following the fiscal strains of the Vietnam war, the gold standard has recently returned to the spotlight. On this week's edition of The Breakdown, DC Editor Chris Hayes and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Liaquat Ahamed discuss what would happen if America switched back to the gold standard for our currency.
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