Ailsa Chang appears in the following:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
President Obama came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, in the first of three planned visits to court lawmakers on a cluster of issues, from gun control legislation to a so-called grand bargain on tax reform and entitlement spending cuts. He spoke with Senate Democrats. Melissa Block talks to Ailsa Chang.
Friday, March 08, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would increase penalties for people who buy guns for those barred from purchasing firearms. It will be another week before members take up the next three gun bills.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The first major gun bills in nearly two decades had their first hearing in the Senate on Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and a ban on so-called "straw purchases." Still, even in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the legislation faces an uphill battle. Ailsa Chang talks to Melissa Block.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
The continuing resolution allows Congress to carry over the previous fiscal year's budget into the next one. And if Congress doesn't pass one by March 27, the government will run out of money and likely shut down.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The House finally took up an extension to the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. There were a number of roadblocks to what many saw as an uncontroversial bill.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
President Obama and the top congressional leaders gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday morning for the dedication of a new statue honoring civil rights activist Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up a seat on a public bus sparked a boycott and a movement.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The earliest flu outbreak in years continues to claim victims. Businesses are taking a hit, too. They're faced with an unsolvable problem: If they tell too many sick employees to stay home, the work doesn't get done; those who do come to the office can spread germs.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
It was a busy year for federal authorities pursuing insider trading cases, such as the one against hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. Investigators say that success comes largely from their decision to attack insider trading the way they take down the Mafia and drug cartels — with wiretaps, informants and cooperators.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The accusations against HSBC were harsh — that the bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and conducted transactions on behalf of Iran and other states tied to terrorism. So, why did federal authorities fine HSBC rather than pursue criminal charges?
Thursday, November 22, 2012
In New York City, Thanksgiving has been mass-produced in shelters, churches and community centers. But many of the storm victims are sharing their holiday meal with people who are hungry year-round.
Monday, November 12, 2012
A lot of residents in the Rockaway section of Queens walk around wearing surgical masks. The streets are jammed with sanitation trucks, supply trucks and tractors. It looks and sounds like a construction area, but it's not. It's a demolition zone as residents gut their homes to fight mold.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Retailers expect to hire, but for seasonal workers, the hours can be scarce — and unpredictable.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Two neighborhoods are still reeling from two fatal shootings on Friday. A gunman opened fired near the Empire State Building, leaving nine injured and two dead, including the shooter. A few hours earlier, a 13-year-old boy had become the latest child shooting victim when he was killed a few blocks away from his Brownsville home. Midtown Manhattan and Brownsville, Brooklyn: neighborhoods that have had vastly different experiences with gun violence.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang discusses her months-long investigation that reveals that the Bronx DA declines to prosecute far more cases than other borough's DA's.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A policy may be causing prosecutors to give up on cases too soon in the Bronx. Some veteran police officers say, moreover, that it effectively substitutes the individual victim’s judgment for the community’s – though it’s the community’s interest that law enforcement is supposed to serve. And Bronx residents say the breakdown in relations between the public and the authorities prompts at least some crime victims to take justice into their own hands.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A months-long WNYC investigation has revealed that those accused of crimes in the Bronx have a greater chance of walking away without any charges than anywhere else in the city.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Using data from the New York City police department, WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The digital map shows an interesting pattern — the areas where the NYPD finds guns are not necessarily the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is taking heat for remarks he made this week accusing elected officials of spending more time criticizing police than offering ideas about howc to stop violence in their communities.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Judges have overturned some convictions arising from the city's controversial stop-and-frisk program, saying NYPD officers didn't have the needed "reasonable suspicion" to stop and frisk the suspects. WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang looks at how individual officers make that call.
Monday, July 09, 2012
As the debate over the NYPD's stop-an- frisk tactics continues, so too does the debate over what constitutes reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before an officer can stop someone. Both former and current cops say “reasonable suspicion” may be easy for lawyers and judges to define, but — on the street — deciding when to stop someone can be a difficult judgment call.