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The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday that it had completed a successful spy swap that's being called the biggest exchange since the Cold War. In Vienna, the United States exchanged ten Russian agents to the Russian Federation for four individuals who had been incarcerated by the Russian Federation.

In this week's Washington Report on WQXR, David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times, talks to WNYC's Kerry Nolan about why the White House and Russia wanted the exchange to happen so quickly. Sanger also weighs in on why deficit reduction is dividing the Democratic party, and how close BP is to stopping the Gulf oil spill.