Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul

Senate Republicans passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint late Thursday by a narrow 51-49 vote, with Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul joining Democrats in opposing the measure considered a key step in forward on President Trump's promises of a tax overhaul. The White House praised the bill, saying it "creates a pathway to unleash the potential of the American economy through tax reform and tax cuts." Politico writes: "The budget resolution does include a decade of proposed spending cuts and...

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California Wildfires Leave Seasonal Agricultural Workers In Limbo

For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California. "It's very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That's how we are still able to drive around," said Paniagua, 37. "But the fact is, we have nothing." The wildfires in Northern California have already done...

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     A church in Amherst has become the first in western Massachusetts to shelter someone facing imminent deportation.

Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, almost 80 percent of the territory is still without power. While nobody expected a quick restoration of Puerto Rico's badly outdated power grid, officials have estimated it could take at least six months.

Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello
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The City Council President helps balance the power of government in Troy, New York. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down this week with the two candidates running for that office in November’s election. Yesterday we met Democratic challenger Gary Pavlic. Today, we hear from incumbent Republican Council President Carmella Mantello.

Sandra Boynton's latest release, Hog Wild!: A Frenzy of Dance Music, features eleven all-out musical tracks in an array of dance styles performed by Scott Bakula, Kristen Bell, Darcy Boynton, Raúl Esparza and Madeleine Lodge, Falls Mountain Cowboys and Caitlin McEwan, Five For Fighting, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Lanegan, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Wilson, Laura Linney and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Boynton joins us to talk about writing the songs, getting the talent, and how it all fits in with her other work.

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The 2010 Supreme Court decision commonly referred to as Citizens United  protected corporate rights to campaign spending.  Now, there is a national effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn that decision and address the influence of money in politics.  Organizers in Massachusetts are beginning to gather signatures to place the amendment on the ballot, and Vermonter Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s fame is helping.

Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and Thomas Chulak from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
What I Found in a Thousand Towns by Dar Williams (Hachette)

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (Knopf)

The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter (Simon & Schuster)

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris (Chronicle)

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer (Penguin)

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin (Norton)

Barry Blitt drew his first New Yorker cover back in 1992. Ever since, he has been skewering politicians of all stripes. In 2008, he drew Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office, and in 2016, he drew Donald Trump in a tiara and a women's bathing suit.

"I have a sketchbook open and I'm just trying to make myself laugh," Blitt says.

His new book, simply titled Blitt, features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work.

Congressman Joe Courtney
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U.S. environmental policy is in a time of transition.

In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock wraps up his discussion with Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney, a Democrat from the 2nd district.

Gabriel Kahane's Instagram feed


  Gabriel Kahane’s 8980: Book of Travelers is a new collection of songs inspired by the two-week train trip he took across the United States last November. He left on his un-plugged  journey the day after the 2016 election to meet and converse with dozens of strangers.

Created in collaboration with director Daniel Fish and designer Jim Findlay, 8980: Book of Travelers is a song cycle and solo stage show that will officially premiere at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival later this fall. Tonight, In a kind of sneak-peek, Kahane will take the stage in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA - where he’s been working on the piece in residency for about two weeks.

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital.

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.

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