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Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Gideon Rose on Middle East Uprisings

Friday, March 25, 2011

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Basically we didn’t think through what we want to see and that’s what we need to do now. What do you want to see in Libya at the end of the day?

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

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Bachmann Inches Toward 2012 Run

Friday, March 25, 2011

Minnesota Republican Representative Michelle Bachmann let it be known that she is forming an exploratory committee to feel out a run for president, by posting an exclusive story leaked to CNN about her plans on her Facebook page.

While refraining from making any formal announcement, Bachmann told the people signed up as “friends” of her Facebook page that she had “read a little something on CNN,” linking to the article. The CNN article quotes an unnamed source as saying that Bachmann has been “telling everybody early summer” is when she planned to announce her candidacy, but the source feels it may happen even sooner.

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Comments Roundup: Libya Intervention

Thursday, March 24, 2011

They think that if they corner [Gaddifi], and they’re able to bolster the rebels, that this is a long-term sustainable endgame. Of course we saw similar strategies in Afghanistan and we know how that turned out.

Glenn Thrush, White House reporter for Politico on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Census Results: Poverty Rate in New York

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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[T]he total number for New York City is disappointingly low according to city officials, lower than the 8.4 million they were expecting, and the chances are they’re going to challenge that count as being way too low.

— Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Wisconsin Passes Anti-Union Bill

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Public employees across the country are reeling from what economist Robert Reich is calling a coup d’etat. In a surprise move Wednesday night, eighteen Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a bill restricting public workers’ collective bargaining rights, over the strenuous objections of the lone Democrat present. Today the bill passed the Assembly 53-42 and is heading to Governor Scott Walker for his signature.   

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Census Results: A Shake-Up in the Garden State

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Redistricting is a process which is not only arbitrary but aggravating to many people, because politicians are usually most interested in self preservation, and clearly someone in this equation is going to have to be sacrificed.

— Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Newt Gingrich: Return of the Mack

Friday, March 04, 2011

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No, we have not gone back in time to the nineties. 

Cher is not introducing a new generation to autotune with “I Believe”, “Friends” is not on TV for three straight prime-time hours, and DC bookstores are not being served with subpoenas to give up the titles of books bought by Monica Lewinsky.  But Newt Gingrich really is talking about running for president again.

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Wisconsin Democrats Launch Recall Effort Against Republican Senators

Friday, March 04, 2011

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It just keeps escalating. 

Today is the deadline by which Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has threatened to lay off 1500 state workers if the Democratic state senators don’t come back to work.

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The Currency of Relationships

Friday, March 04, 2011

We don’t fight about money, we fight about all sorts of things that resemble a market place… there are all sorts of commodities separate from money which really take a lot of our attention, such as time, sleep, exercise, all sorts of responsibility.

Katherine Rosman, columnist at Wall Street Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Wisconsin Gov. Orders Arrest of Missing Democrats

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Wisconsin state Senate Republicans must be getting lonely. They unanimously passed a resolution threatening their fourteen Democratic counterparts with police arrest if the senators do not return to Madison by four p.m. Thursday. The Democrats fled the state two weeks ago in order to block the Senate from voting on Governor Scott Walker’s bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. If the Democrats do not return by the deadline, they will be found “in contempt and disorderly behavior” and may be taken into police custody, according to the resolution.

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Anthony Weiner on the Obligation to Recuse

Thursday, March 03, 2011

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For thirteen years, Justice Thomas on his financial disclosures failed to disclose the income of his spouse... the perception is there of conflict, and with that perception comes the requirement to recuse.

— Congressman Anthony Weiner on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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City Hall Rally in Solidarity with Public Workers

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The cold air didn't dampen the spirits of the many protesters who showed up in front of City Hall Saturday for a rally in support of public employee unions in Wisconsin. Organized by MoveOn.org, the rally drew public workers from around the region who expressed concern that the proposed legislation by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was part of a larger national trend that threatened workers everywhere. 

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) drew loud cheers when he took the stage, proclaiming “Ladies and gentlemen my name is Anthony Wiener and I am a Wisconsin union worker, as all of us are today!”

 

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Haley Barbour: A Force From the South

Friday, February 25, 2011

Don’t let Haley Barbour fool you. 

Though he may refer to himself as “a fat redneck,” though he’s got a charming Mississippi country-boy drawl, though his white hair, apple cheeks and twinkly eyes may make you think of Santa Claus, the man is a perspicacious politician. Barbour spent Presidents Day in Iowa, meeting with state Republican Party officials and lawmakers in the state that serves as the presidential election starting gate.

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Mitch Daniels: The Anti-Palin

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mitch Daniels is feeling popular these days. 

Not only does he have an ad starring New York’s own Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan, but conservative columnist George Will has predicted that he holds potentially great appeal to conservative voters as the anti-Obama. “If they’re disappointed with Mr. Obama, then a short, balding, unimpressive, uncharismatic, competent governor might be just the key,” Will wrote.

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Mitt Romney: Turnaround Artist

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mitt Romney is a man who has held multiple positions on the issues—sometimes on the same issue. In 2008, his campaign aides had a term they preferred for him: a "turnaround" artist. They were referring to his track record in reviving struggling businesses, but one could be forgiven for assuming it applies to his stance on social issues.

Romney has several things going for him which make him a likely contender in the upcoming elections. For one, he has money — lots of it.

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All for One? The Relationship of Public and Private Unions

Friday, February 25, 2011

WNYC
Unions represent workers, and there are upsides and downsides to that.

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Lessons from the Crisis: Ask the Chairman

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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I will tell you this, if unemployment stays high, if for the foreclosure trend in this country stays steady, it will be a consistent drag and of course these all have ripple effects… all these are continuing threats both to the economy and the financial system. I don’t think we’re out of the woods by any means at this point in time.

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Chairman Phil Angelides on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The State of the Street: DiNapoli Reports on Financial Pay

Thursday, February 24, 2011

[W]e’re trying to move forward as a society, so from my point of view, the right for workers generally — whether public or private — to be organized and have collective bargaining, is part of a progressive view of where a democracy should be headed.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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What the House Resolution Cuts

Saturday, February 19, 2011

After debating all week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.1 by a vote of 235-189 on Saturday morning. To address the $1.3 trillion deficit, House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican majority have offered this resolution, which intends to cut $100 billion in six months, an amount consistant with the number mentioned in the Republican's Pledge to America during the midterm campaigns.

While the resolution still needs to pass the Senate and be signed off on by the president to become law, the House Republicans are drawing a strong line in the sand, while a government shutdown looms if an agreement is not reached by March 4.

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Bloomberg's Budget and Beyond

Friday, February 18, 2011

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[W]orking parents, who have a job and need that subsidized daycare in order to be able to go to work, they might as well hand in their pink slips now.

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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