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Paterson Considering Cuomo, Close to Decision

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Governor David Paterson remains coy over his selection for Senator Hillary Clinton's seat but says he'll make his choice by this weekend. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Paterson says he still hasn't made up his mind among the numerous candidates who've expressed interest, including the most ...

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What Can Obama Do for New York City?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

50+1: FULL LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

CRIME/PUBLIC SAFETY

1. Allocate anti-terror funds based on risk, not pork.
2. Pass the C.O.P.S. Improvement Act.
3. Pass legislation to get guns off the street and close the gun show
loophole.
4. Protect U.S. cities by aggressively preventing the spread of WMDs.

TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

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President Wanted (For The New York Fed)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Who will replace Tim Geithner on the front lines of bank rescue ops?

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Understanding Artwork at The Met

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A new exhibition of drawings at the Metropolitan Museum offers a glimpse into the process behind masterworks of western painting.

Spanning the Renaissance to the early 20th Century, the show features sketches and studies by artists including Raphael Fragonard, Goya, Degas, Renoir and van Gogh.

Carmen Bambach, ...

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Progressive Group on the Heels of New Admin

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Now that we have a new president, what's next for the people who worked to get him elected? MoveOn is mounting a massive lobbying effort, hoping the president will enact its progressive agenda. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: MoveOn's four million members played a big ...

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New Law Requires Full Disclosure on Police Shootings of Civilians

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Under the new law the Council and public will get an annual NYPD synopsis that will provide the who, when, where and why for all police shootings.

Chris Dunn with the New York Civil Liberities Union says his group pushed hard for the legislation after it ...

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Viewing the Inauguration From City Hall

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daunting security measures kept many New Yorkers away from the inaugural festivities in Washington. Many of them went to City Hall instead. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

REPORTER: Council staffer Carrie Mobley said the idea of turning City Hall into an inaugural multiplex occurred to her ...

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Deadlines Near for Area Power Plants

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hundreds of positions remain to be filled in the Obama administration. As WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, area environmentalists are watching one opening closely.

REPORTER: If he wants a say in the future of Oyster Creek nuclear power station, President Obama will have to act fast.

A federal ...

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Queens Home Prices Down 10%

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Home prices in Queens dropped more than 10 percent from a year ago. That's the news from brokerage firm Prudential Douglas Elliman's fourth quarter report. Of the five boroughs, Queens has faced the greatest number of foreclosures, but there's a silver lining. WNYC's Lisa Chow ...

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Favorite Part of the Speech

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Now safely inside and thawed (minus about seven layers of clothing) I've been listening to NPR, where the consensus seems to be that the speech was dark. But I found it strangely hopeful. After all, the revolutionary warriors made it through the icy waters, the soldiers whispering from Arlington are ...

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"A long way to get here..."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Countless hours to arrive in Washington, six hours in sub-freezing temperatures, and some folks with tickets couldn't even get in after the blue gate was shut down. Then it was a two-hour line just to get in to the Capital South metro station. Did it matter? Nope. A family from ...

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At The Old Ebbit Grill in DC...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

By Ellen Horne

Here at the Old Ebbit Grill in DC, the crowd's loudest celebratory cheer was at the sight of G.W. Bush boarding a helicopter and leaving Washington. TVs and a large projection screen are all tuned to MSNBC.

This party, thrown by the Democratic Leadership Council, is only ...

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No More Sci-Fi or Comedy Folks!.....Introducing President Obama!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC Guest Blogger: Afronerd

Well the fated day has finally arrived and beyond the pomp and circumstance, President Obama has his work cut out for him. We can all breath a sigh of relief as he has thus far turned out to be quite a classy (and politically moderate) fellow-not at all like the "socialist" brush my home team attempted to paint him with. But as much as a cineaste and comic book buff that I fancy myself as, one should never forget just how much the proposition of a Black president was perceived as fodder for entertainment and fantasy. So perhaps, we have to give thanks to Sammy Davis, Jr. (yes Sammy......as a child), Richard Pryor (clip, above) James Earl Jones, Dennis Haysbert and the inimitable Morgan Freeman for at least implanting the idea of a Black POTUS in our nation's consciousness.

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A Down-To-Earth Leader

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Robert George
Robert George

WNYC Guest Blogger: Robert George

1) Barack Obama played against type. He eschewed the high-soaring rhetoric that typified his campaign, choosing instead to stay down-to-earth, laying out a centrist (some would say 'middle-of-the-road') theme trying to paper over most partisan differences.

2) He had an appropriately hawkish tone to the enemies of America:

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

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A Spectacular Anti-Climax

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez
Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez

WNYC Guest Blogger: Young Jean Lee

I’m at an inauguration party hosted by singer/songwriter Mike Doughty. Almost everyone here is either a theater person or musician, so all of us are simultaneously judging the event as an entertainment. Rachel Murdy points out that Dick Cheney in his wheelchair looks like Dr. Strangelove, while Mike thinks he looks more like the evil Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Harlem Celebrates!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Aniya Dew, Amina Niass, Mbayang Kasse and Kevin Lassiter, all students at the Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem,watch the Inauguration in Harlem. Watch their faces as Barack Obama takes the oath of office.

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Voices From Harlem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Amina Niass and Mbayang Kasse of Democracy Prep in Harlem celebrate at the inauguration of Barack Obama"

One of the 7,000 students invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Armory in Harlem

One of the 7,000 students invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Armory in Harlem

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Live from the Mall

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

People gather during the inauguration of Barack Obama. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

People gather during the inauguration of Barack Obama. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

 

Andrea Bernstein comments as the ceremony begins:

Simple, elegant, a call to service. We may not know ...

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Inaugural Poem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Read by Elizabeth Alexander

On Inauguration morning, even a PETA activist and a woman in fur can make friends!

On Inauguration morning, even a PETA activist and a woman in fur can make friends!

Praise song for the day.

Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others' eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.

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