Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Weiner Admits He Sent Twitter Photos

Monday, June 06, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he was the one responsible for sending a lewd photo of himself to a college student on Twitter but stopped short of resigning from his post a week after first drawing fire for the image.

The website BigGovernment.com posted several pictures that appear to be New York Congressman Anthony Weiner getting intimate and topless on a webcam, and Radar.com has published a series of "sext" messages they claim were sent from Weiner to a woman they identify as "middle-aged and from Nevada."

On Monday Anthony Weiner admitted that he has had "inappropriate online conversations" with about six women over the past three years - including while being married to senior Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.


Melinda Henneberger Sets Washington's Week

Monday, June 06, 2011

In a way she’s doing exactly what she promised, because she promised that this trip around America would be to get us talking and remembering and being grateful for American history, and I can’t remember when Paul Revere got more ink than he has since Sarah Palin started talking about him.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tax Cap for Rent Regs

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Rent regulation and the property tax cap is about giving people certainty that they can afford to live in their homes... people can plan based on those issues.

NYS Assembly Speaker (D-64th) Sheldon Silver, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Anthony Weiner’s Twitter Trouble

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Politics is and has always been, not some sort of bloodless abstract pursuit, but it’s very much about the people who are in it, and this is part of that, and sex is part of that.

Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Weiner Says Lewd Photo the Work of Hacker

Monday, May 30, 2011

Let the Wiener jokes commence.


Single Payer in Vermont

Thursday, May 26, 2011

If Vermont is able to control costs better than neighboring states, then they will be a magnet for employment. People won’t mind exactly how they pay for it as long as the total cost is lower.

Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Kucinich Looks Forward

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I think the American people ought to be fed up with a government that says one thing and does another. And if I do anything and add to this debate, it’s to just call it as I see it, and the way I see it is generally the way it is.

— Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D) for Ohio's 10th Congressional district, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 and 2008 elections, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Euro-Zone Economics

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It has been described as Lehman Brothers to the power of ten, if that happens.

— Marketplace reporter Stephen Beard, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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What Was Behind the Oil Industry Tax Break Repeal?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Tuesday a bill was blocked by the Senate that would have repealed about two billion dollars in tax breaks currently enjoyed by the five biggest oil companies. The majority actually voted in favor of the bill, 52-48, but because it was a procedural vote (a vote on whether to vote on the measure), it required a 60-member majority to proceed.

The voting split along predictable party lines for the most part, though three Democrats — Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, Alaska’s Mark Begich, and Nebraska’s Ben Nelson — voted against it.  Two Republicans voted for the measure: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both from Maine.

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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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