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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: Why Are We Paid Every Two Weeks?

Are there any practical reasons for a bi-weekly payroll?

Christopher Hayes

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

Congressman Ron Paul is a supporter of it. Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner had a sick obsession with it. What would happen if the United States switched back to the gold standard?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: How to Bust the Filibuster

Could the Senate start getting things done, if only legislators didn't have to face filibuster threats? This week on The Breakdown: the history of the filibuster, and how to get rid of it.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: How Much Will Tax Sweeteners Cost Taxpayers?

In the media frenzy over Obama's recent tax deal, few have mentioned the host of tax extenders and sweeteners that will end up costing the country billions of dollars.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Could Julian Assange be Prosecuted for Spying?

Can Julian Assange and the New York Times face criminal prosecution under the federal Espionage Act?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: What Would Keynes Say About the Tax Deal?

Will the tax deal result in Keynes-style stimulus? Washington Editor Christopher Hayes and Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, break down Keynesianism and what it says about Obama's tax cuts deal.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Will States Lead on Single-Payer Healthcare Reform?

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein joins Chris Hayes to discuss whether a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate could pave the way for states to adopt single-payer healthcare systems.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Why Did the GOP Block the Paycheck Fairness Act?

Women still earn 77 cents on a man's dollar for full-time work. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have helped remedy that unequal pay. On this week's The Breakdown, the Center for American Progress's Heather Boushey joins Christopher Hayes to talk about why Republican senators blocked the bill.

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: How Can Obama Help Organized Labor?

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 can do to promote labor organizing?

Christopher Hayes

The Breakdown: Will the Tea Party Stall the Economy?

The Center for Economic and Policy Research's Dean Baker joins Christopher Hayes to answer the question: if Tea Party freshmen vote to not raise our debt ceiling as they vowed to do on the campaign trail, will government grind to a halt and bring the US economy down with it?