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The Breakdown With Chris Hayes

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.

Christopher Hayes

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

Would getting rid of the federal deficit be the silver bullet for our ailing economy? Robert Pollin explains why the standard arguments against deficit spending don't tell the whole truth.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Can Any Candidate Keep the GOP Together?

Can the fractious elements of the Republican party—from tea party fanatics to fiscal hawks and the religious right—come together behind a single candidate?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Is Syria on the Brink of Revolution?

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.

Christopher Hayes

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

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

Christopher Hayes

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

Boeing's workers allege that the company unfairly retaliated against them for exercising their statutory right to go on strike and collectively bargain—what can the National Labor Relations Board legally do about it?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Are Political Advocacy Donors Evading Taxes?

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?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: What Will the 'War on Terror' Look Like After Osama bin Laden?

In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, will the US alter its strategy in the 'War on Terror'? Jeremy Scahill joins Chris Hayes to explain how the death of the Al Qaeda leader will influence US foreign policy.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Is Syria on the Brink of Revolution?

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.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Are Financial Institutions Holding Our Economy Hostage?

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.

Christopher Hayes

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

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