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Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

The Huckabee Charm Offensive

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mike Huckabee is something of a renaissance man. 

Not only did he serve as Governor of Arkansas for a full decade, not only did he run for president last time around (and come in first in the Iowa caucus), and not only is he one of the emerging contenders for the 2012 presidential race. He also plays bass in a rock band, has created a 12-step weight-loss program, runs marathons, was named Man of the Year by the American Sportsfishing Association in 1997, and knows how to cook squirrel in a popcorn popper. And, of course, he loves some Lynyrd Sknyrd.

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Bahrain 101: Putting the Unrest in Context

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I think the US is going to everything it can to keep a distance on many levels... It doesn’t want to have the image of an outside force causing the disruption in any of these countries. I really think that they are on their own.

— Steve LeVine of "The Oil and the Glory" blog at Foreign Policy on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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New York and the New Budget

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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It’s easy to demonize someone when they’re cutting, because it hurts. Everyone is screaming for cuts because we have to stop the spending. But they just don’t want their program cut. That’s the political nightmare, if you will, for someone who does want to stand up and do the right thing for the country.

— Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY13) on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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In the Name of Love: Political Power Couples

Monday, February 14, 2011

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We talk a lot about how politics polarizes us, but sometimes it brings people together. When love seems impossible, even high-profile powerbrokers seem to manage. Pundits partner up with pundits (sometimes even with opposing views), lobbyists with lobbyists, governors with journalists, and presidents with senators – even if it gets a little sticky sometimes.

Here's a handful of some high profile political couples, for Valentines Day. Who would you add to the list?

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McMillan Brings the Funk for Mitch Daniels

Friday, February 11, 2011

If it wasn’t charming and weird, well, it wouldn’t be Jimmy McMillan.

The perennial political candidate and smooth funk master Jimmy McMillan, of the “Rent is Too Damn High” party, now stars in an ad for another candidate eyeing a run: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

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The Donald: Trump in 2012?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Donald might be ready for the big time. 

The billionaire and reality-show star flirted with a presidential run on Thursday, to much applause from a crowd of assembled conservatives gathered for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference convention. He took the stage mugging and waving, his steps in time with the O’Jays “For the Love of Money.”

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Aftershocks of the Financial Crisis

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I believe we need to be much more aggressive in trying to help people who can make a level of payments stay in their homes… We have created a tangled web and I believe we need much more forceful action.

— Phil Angelides, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The False Hope of State Bankruptcy

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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This is a problem endemic to politics — people without responsibility happy to go off saying things that are not going to work in practice.

— Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor at the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Israel Nervously Watches Egypt

Friday, February 04, 2011

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It’s a nervous time for all the entire region for all of the current governments and given that Egypt is the cornerstone for Israel’s peace policy in the entire region, Israel’s probably the most nervous of them all, and I don’t think it’s going to something that’s going to be cleared up or resolved on the coming days. I think it’s going to be quite a long process.

— Sheera Frenkel, special correspondent in Jerusalem for McClatchy Newspapers on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Smoking Ban Makes Strange Bedfellows

Friday, February 04, 2011

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We feel really strongly that all New Yorkers have a right to breathe clean air. The US Surgeon General said there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke, and that is where we come from on this bill.

— Sheelah Feinberg from the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Threat or Promise: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood

Thursday, February 03, 2011

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If I were an Iranian leader like Ahmadinejad and the mullahs, I would be terrified, because as we well know, in the last year or so Iran has witnessed a great deal of social upheaval, and the reverberations of [Egypt’s] upheaval in the Arab world could have tremendous, tremendous impact.

Fawaz Gerges, professor in Middle East and International Affairs at the London School of Economics on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The U.S. Response to the Protests in Egypt

Friday, January 28, 2011

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I’m just stunned at what is going on. The United States seems like it really has lost the plot and is behind the curve on this.

Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy

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Paradigm Shift: Wikileaks and the New York Times

Friday, January 28, 2011

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There’s no question that Mister Assange dislikes me quite intensely, I don’t think he likes Mister Keller very much anymore... It’s not exactly an embrace.

John Burns London bureau chief for the New York Times

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The Unkindest Cut: What the People Want

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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A number of polls have looked to the people to try to divine where Americans would most support belt-tightening. The New York Times made a game in which readers could try their own hand at balancing the budget. Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor launched the “YouCut” website, which invites constituents to vote their favorite of a given three budget cut choices. CBS and the New York Times conducted polling to find out what the will of those with a landline telephone might be. 

Results appear pretty mixed.

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State of the Union: The View from Queens

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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We got to make sure everyone feels a little of the pain, so that – I’ve got an eleven year old daughter – so that we feel that their future is secure, and we’ve got to be adults, and we’ve got to make some hard decisions here.

— Gregory Meeks, U.S. Congressman from New York's 6th Congressional District in southeast Queens

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From Tunisia to Egypt: Protests for Democracy in the Arab World

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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President Obama has said again and again, he has warned tyrants around the world that they’re on the wrong side of history. And he promised people around the world fighting those tyrants that the United States would support them. It’s time to show that now.

Mona Eltahawy, columnist on Arab and Muslim issues

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Citizens United: A Year Older, But No Less Contentious

Friday, January 21, 2011

On the one year anniversary of the Citizens United campaign finance decision, the ruling remains as contentious as ever, with efforts under way to alternative mechanisms to fund campaigns, and attempts to change the law itself.

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Where We Stand: The State of Our Union

Friday, January 21, 2011

As President Obama gets ready to address the country on the State of the Union on Tuesday, here at It’s A Free Country we thought we ought to do our own check-in, so here are some stats on where we stand. 

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You Take That Back! A Look at the Challenge of Repealing Federal Law

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.

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Obama Administration: Who's In, Who's Out

Friday, January 07, 2011

It's A Free Country tracks the departing, new, and remaining White House positions.

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