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Alec Hamilton

Associate Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Did It Work? Dodd-Frank

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I don’t want to yell fire in a crowded movie theater, but... these firms are even too-bigGER-to-fail now.

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Around the World with Hillary Clinton

Monday, July 18, 2011

Do I think that so far she’s been one of the great Secretaries of State in American history? No I don’t think so. But do I think that she’s been a better-than-average Secretary of State? Absolutely.

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Warren Out as Head of Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Monday, July 18, 2011

The $64,000 question, so to speak, [is] exactly how effective it can be in changing the daily lives of Americans as it relates to finance.

Carter Dougherty, reporter for Bloomberg News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Prisoner Census Data Likely to Shake Up Redistricting Efforts

Monday, July 18, 2011

Newly released Census data makes it possible for New York's prisoners to be counted at their home address rather than their jail cell. But internal divisions in the state redistricting committee and a lingering lawsuit leave the reapportionment process in doubt.


Why the 2012 Farm Bill Matters

Friday, July 15, 2011

These farm programs, they’re not worthy of the farmers who participate in them, to be honest. Farmers deserve a better safety net.

Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Jesus Gonzalez vs the Machine: Can a Special Election Vault Young Dem Past Political Dynasties?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jesus Gonzalez wants to buck the power structure in Brooklyn.

The 26-year-old co-founder of Make the Road is running for the 54th Assembly seat in Bushwick—a seat left vacant when Andrew Cuomo appointed Darryl Towns to serve as commissioner of the Department of Homes and Community Renewal. The 54th Assembly District includes a southern section of Bushwick, a northeastern part of Bed-Stuy, and a large part of East New York.


Building A Case Against Murdoch

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I think that Murdoch’s Humpty-Dumpty-ish fall will be accelerated more in the market than in the law.

Jeff Jarvis, professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and author of What Would Google Do?, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Debt Ceiling 101: Explainers, Analysis, and Commentary

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The debt ceiling! We've all heard about. Many of us have spoken about it. But what the heck is it? Why does it matter? What can be done about it?

It's A Free Country has all the answers:


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Representative Nan Hayworth on the Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The closer we bring our tax structure to being flat, the better we’ll all be... When you have a flatter structure, when you have more of us participating in the federal revenue collection, if you will... then those who may earn more will save and invest more, and that’s what we want.

Nan Hayworth, Congress Member (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Queens Democratic Party Boss Crowley Says Primary Residence Is Not D.C.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Queens Democratic party leader Congressman Joe Crowley flatly denied a report that his primary residence is in a Washington, D.C., suburb and not in his home district.


Candidate Selected to Run for Weiner's Seat Says He's Not a 'Placeholder'

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin said he wasn't chosen to be a placeholder when he was selected by Democrats to run for the seat left vacant by disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a position that may face elimination under redistricting.


Administrative Hiccup Delays Newark Budget

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker did not submit a 2011 city budget to the Municipal Council as planned on Thursday because of an administrative hiccup, according to Newark City business administrator Julien Neals.



David Weprin Nominated to Fill Weiner's Seat

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Democratic leaders from Queens and Brooklyn named their nominee for the 9th Congressional District seat today, picking Assemblyman David Weprin to run against the Republican nominee in the September 13th special election to replace former Representative Anthony Weiner. While the nomination is not yet official, a party official confirmed that Weprin will be the nominee.


Meet the IMF's New Leader: Dominique Lagarde

Thursday, July 07, 2011

She understands that Europe is the number one job for her to deal with right now, but she’s not going to get the support of the organization to deal with Europe unless she shows that she cares about the agenda of the rest of the world as well.

— Economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek Peter Coy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Explainer: Does the 14th Amendment Say the Debt Ceiling is Unconstitutional?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

As the fight over the debt limit rages on in DC, some have been questioning whether the whole concept of a debt limit might not be unconstitutional. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has implied that President Obama might be able to push through an extension of the debt ceiling based on an interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Now Hiring: Congressional Candidate

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Anthony Weiner in the 9th District has been set by Governor Andrew Cuomo for September 13. While local party bosses mull their options for candidates, the deadline for their nominations is nearly here.

In accordance with special election rules, it will be the local party bosses who nominate the candidates for the seat. Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa says the candidate each party is backing must be chosen by July 11. That is the date by which the party has to submit paperwork to the Board of Elections, declaring that their party has decided to nominate the candidate.


Bloomberg Backs DA's Decision to Bring Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the Manhattan District Attorney's decision to bring charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss Kahn  — even though the credibility of the woman who accused him of attempted rape has now been called into question.


Online Altar Opens for Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Same-sex couples can begin the application process for marriage licenses online Tuesday.

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States vs. Feds: Obama Administration Scores a Win on Health Care Reform

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The first of three court opinions on the constitutionality of the health care reform law passed by President Obama came in Wednesday, with the court finding in favor of the Obama administration.

The ruling specifically looked at the constitutionality of the individual mandate, that part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act which requires all Americans to purchase insurance or pay a penalty with their income taxes.


Not With A Bang, But A Whimper: Gun Bill Quiet Senate Casualty

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Micro-Marked Firing Pins

In all the uproar over the New York Senate voting on important things like gay marriage and state vegetables, one important piece of legislation was left to languish. A bill to require guns sold or manufactured in New York be equipped with microstamping technology was a quiet casualty of the Senate session that just ended. 

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