What is Martin Luther King's impact on New York City today? Brian Lehrer plays highlights from yesterday's even at the Apollo Theater, co-hosted by Farai Chideya, which discussed how today's movements against injustice and inequality continue to draw on King's moral compass.
Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D-NY8) from Brooklyn, talks about the late-night legislating that reopened the federal government this morning and avoided default on the government's debt.
Robert Costa, National Review's Washington editor, updates the latest on the shutdown/debt ceiling in Congress.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (WVa) and Republican Pat Toomey (PA) are expected to announce their support for expanded background checks this morning. This could potentially head off a threatened Republican filibuster of gun control legislation. Meanwhile, President Obama's budget includes changes to Medicare and Social Security that many on the left are unhappy with. Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D-NY8) from Brooklyn, discusses the budget and gun showdowns -- and a possible emerging deal on immigration.
"For the districts I represent in BK/Qns, closing the gun show loophole would do more than any other piece of legislation." -- @repjeffries— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 10, 2013
Hakeem Jeffries, New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn (D-57), and Charles Barron, New York City Councilman (D-42) representing East New York and Brownsville, make their cases to be the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress seat being vacated by Ed Towns in New York's 8th District.
New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) gives an update from Albany on the official final day of the legislative session.
—New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R-2) on the millionaire's tax, speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Hakeem Jeffries, New York State Assemblyman (D-57) representing central Brooklyn, and Senator John J. Flanagan, New York State (R) 2nd Senate District, preview the New York State budget announcement later today.
Note: Today at 1pm watch the budget address live online at the It's A Free Country homepage.
Politicians on either side of the aisle are gearing up for the once-a-decade battle over redistricting. Director Jeff Reichert talks about his new film Gerrymandering, which explores the politics of electoral boundaries. NYS Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-57), who is interviewed as part of the film, joins the discussion to describe how redistricting plays out in New York.