Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Supreme Court Wrap-Up

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I have never in my life witnessed a starker example of judicial ideology driving results, and it leads one to wonder if we are doing something horribly wrong in this country when judges are really almost unable to disaggregate their politics from their law.

Dahlia Lithwick, Senior editor at Slate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bloomberg Trying Out the Prez Pitch in DC?

Monday, May 16, 2011


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in DC yesterday, reasserting his support for gay marriage and sounding much like someone considering an election bid.

He spoke today to nearly seven-thousand George Washington University graduates and their families and friends on the Mall in Washington DC, extolling the virtues of political independence as the key to a bipartisan-bickering-free future.  While his jokes occasionally fell flat (University President Steven Knapp has a sheep farm, "Not that I'm saying President Knapp is full of sheep!") Bloomberg mostly seemed warmly received, even as he launched into inevitable parables about 9/11 and coming together as a nation. 

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Richard Codey on New Jersey Politics

Friday, May 13, 2011

My feeling is, if you’re the governor, you lead by example, and you can disagree with people, but be a gentleman. And [Christie's] style is different, and that’s his right, no question about it.

Richard Codey, former president of the New Jersey Senate and former New Jersey acting governor, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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PATH, Amtrak Accidents Cause Delays in City

Sunday, May 08, 2011

An empty Amtrak train derailed in a tunnel under the East River a day after a PATH train crash injured more than 30 people in New Jersey, tying up the Monday commute for thousands of travelers. Still, the headaches were minimal, with additional buses and most transit agencies honoring one another's tickets.

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US-Pakistan - What's Next?

Friday, May 06, 2011

They believe that they have to maintain and show toughness, and this is one way that they’re seeking to do that. The removal of US military forces from Pakistan… won’t do anything with respect to the kind of operations that were undertaken against bin Laden, but it gets at this underlying defensiveness.

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Do You Want the Bin Laden Photos Released?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

As an American I really want to see the image… as a Pakistani, I wouldn’t want the image up, because I feel like there will always be retaliation.

A Pakistani-American caller on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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National Security Switch

Friday, April 29, 2011

Petraeus is not popular with the Pakistani Armed Forces and intelligence services, there’s been a lot of friction between them… My assumption is that President Obama decided that was a cost he was willing to bear.

Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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T. Boone Pickens On Our Energy Future

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We’re going to go down in history as the dumbest crowd that ever came to town, if we don’t use our own resources. Our resources are cleaner, cheaper, abundant, and ours, and can you imagine that we’re using dirty oil from the enemy when we don’t have to?

T. Boone Pickens, oil and gas executive, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opening the Fed

Thursday, April 28, 2011

[T]he fact is while he can’t make the economy suddenly feel healthy, [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke] could do more than he is currently doing, and he should be doing more than he is currently doing.

David Leonhardt,writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Dolan Gives Easter Mass at St. Patrick's as Protesters Rally for Gay Rights

Monday, April 25, 2011


Nearly 3,000 parishioners gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral Sunday to listen to Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Easter Mass, in which the Catholic leader spoke of optimism and hope.


States to Watch: The Immigration Battle Takes Shape

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Alabama State Senate yesterday passed legislation to crack down on illegal legislation. The measure, which is similar in tone to Arizona's controversial SB 1070, already passed the House once. It now returns to the House for final approval before heading to the governor's desk for signature.

The national immigration discussion is also well underway. Republican hopefuls for the 2012 presidential nomination have been laying out their opinions on the issue, and President Obama signaled his readiness to renew conversation this week by convening religious, political and business leaders to the White House to talk about federal-level immigration reform.

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Gary Johnson: The Gutsiest Guy You've Never Heard Of

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gary who?

Okay, we know, you’re maybe not so familiar with the name, unless you lived in New Mexico. You're not alone.

But come on, the man climbed the highest mountains on four different continents, competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March (a 25 mile desert run in combat boots wearing a 35 pound backpack), endured multiple Ironman triathlons, and biked across the Alps


Latest on Immigration

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I don’t think anybody in this country, whether they’re an immigrant, or a US resident, or a politician... is in favor of illegal immigration or illegal immigrants living in this country, and so part of the goal for some of these constituency groups is to legalize workers.

Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Know Your Republican Contenders

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's almost off-to-the-races time! With only months to go before the first Republican presidential debate, the big question right now is who will run. Some front-runners are remaining coy while others are off filing for exploratory committees. It's A Free Country breaks down who's in the mix and their campaign status, from Romney and Huckabee to Palin and Trump

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Shutdown Showdown

Friday, April 08, 2011


This fight is nothing, this is the sparring match before the main bout... As dramatic as a government shutdown sounds, we are in for a year of these kind of cliff-hanger debates.

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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As a Wisconsin Election Takes A Fishy Turn, is the Tea Turning Toxic?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I think independent voters have seen enough to know they're uncomfortable. I think democratic voters are mobilized. And I think that's a microcosm of what's going on in many places around the country.

David Axelrod on the Tea Party's turning tide in Wisconsin

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A Government Shutdown? But What About My Tax Return?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

With a possible partial federal government shutdown looming, It's A Free Country knows what you are really wondering about.


Cathie Black Steps Down

Thursday, April 07, 2011


The criticism of Cathie Black from the start was that she doesn’t know anything about education when she starts. She walks in, having not ever set foot in a public school building… her learning curve was tremendous.

— Elizabeth Green, reporter and editor for Gotham Schools on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Whistleblower Project Results

Friday, April 01, 2011

What we found out, was the hold was placed because of a secret request from the Republican House leadership.

Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC’s On the Media on the Brian Lehrer Show

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Budget Battles

Friday, April 01, 2011

I’m going to vote for the bill that we in the House Republican Conference determine to be the best bill we can bring forward for the American people. It really is that simple. This is not about a number that is in the press today.

Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (NY-19) on the Brian Lehrer Show

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