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Play of the Day: The Pros and Cons of Keystone XL

November 21, 2014 The recent failure of a Keystone XL vote in the Senate doesn't mean the pipeline debate is over—especially considering next year's Republican-controlled Congress. But what, exactly, are the benefits of the Transcanada project? Late-night host Jon Stewart debates the positive and negative aspects of Keystone. Plus: Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., ...

Play of the Day: The Pigs Behind Chris Christie's Big Dilemma

November 20, 2014 News outlets are awash with reports of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's "pig problem," but what exactly is happening to these farm animals? Comedian Jon Stewart finds out about gestational crates and the proposed state law tackling the issue of pig confinement. Plus: President Obama is set to announce new ...

Play of the Day: The Only Conversation Around Obamacare

November 19, 2014 The second open-enrollment period for Healthcare.gov launched smoothly, with noticeable improvements to the website's effectiveness. But that's not the important conversation Beltway insiders are having. Instead, all anyone can discuss are the inflammatory (and sometimes condescending) remarks of Jonathan Gruber. Plus: Obama's immigration agenda isn't winning him any friends, the ...

Play of the Day: The Messy Consequences of Obama's Immigration Plan

November 18, 2014 President Obama has an executive action plan to address the problem of illegal immigration. There's just one problem: Republicans are already issuing threats of impeachment if Obama acts, with the possibility of a government shutdown thrown in for good measure. Plus: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel loses a battle with a ...

Play of the Day: How Obama Can Befriend A Republican Senate

November 17, 2014 After the Republican wave this midterm election season, there's only one tactic left for the President to try. Saturday Night Live imagines that if Obama wants cooperation between the executive and legislative branches, he needs to have an open dialogue with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. Just as long as it ...

Play of the Day: How Republicans Can Take on Obamacare

November 14, 2014 The new powerhouse party on Capitol Hill promises to change the Affordable Care Act. But even if Republicans don't have a solid alternative to improve health care, Obamacare may just implode on its own—with the unwitting help of the plan's key architect, Jonathan Gruber. Plus: President Obama is reportedly set ...

Play of the Day: What the Ivory Trade Has to Do With Terrorism

November 13, 2014 The sale of elephants' ivory tusks funds terrorism worldwide, according to reports by the United Nations and other agencies. So what happens on Capitol Hill when the Obama administration proposes stricter ivory regulations? A rare occurrence in the wilds of Congress: bipartisan agreement. Plus: New York City Dr. Craig Spencer ...

Play of the Day: The Gum Chewing Heard Around the World

November 12, 2014 President Obama makes a crucial mistake that could have a major impact on U.S.-China relations: On his recent trip for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, our chief executive was seen chomping on a piece of Nicotine gum while attending a formal banquet. The backlash from Chinese media was immediate. Plus: ...

Play of the Day: The Evils of State Lotteries

November 10, 2014 Television commercials promise that the perks of buying a lottery ticket—the slight, glimmering hope of a win; the charity involved in funding public education—outweigh the risks. And the message is effective: In 2013, state lotteries were such a lucrative business that, according to Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, "Americans ...

Play of the Day: How to Shame America Into Voting Today

November 4, 2014 Midterm "flyers of shame" are the latest tactics meant to motivate citizens to the voting booth. The parties have tried nearly everything to increase voter turnout, but The Colbert Report's host, Stephen Colbert, thinks this strategy could be the best one yet. Plus: Harry Reid makes a last-ditch effort to ...