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Joseph Capriglione

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Joseph Capriglione appears in the following:

The Political Cost of Mitt Romney's Fundraising Prowess

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

No contender for the GOP nomination has been more successful raising campaign cash than Mitt Romney. Romney was just in New York City on a fundraising trip, taking checks from bankers and businessmen. But how might those big contributions harm the on-again/off-again Republican frontrunner, who's already struggling with an image problem generated by his immense wealth? And how might the Super PACs be turning the dynamics of this year's campaign on its head?

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Fears After US Sergeant Allegedly Kills 16 Afghans

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunday morning's shooting, which killed at least 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children and three women, raises many questions: how much does this imperil the US mission in Afghanistan? And is it time for an earlier troop withdrawal? Michael Semple, former deputy to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan, and Nick Colgin, a medic stationed in Afghanistan from January 2007 to April 2008, join the show to explain the possible ramifications of Sunday's act of violence. 

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American Soldier in Custody after Early Morning Attack Kills 16 in Afghanistan

Monday, March 12, 2012

A rogue US Army staff sergeant has been accused of killing 16 villagers in Kandahar, Afghanistan early Sunday morning. The soldier reportedly went from house to house shooting victims which include nine children and three women. The soldier, who acted alone, is in custody at a NATO base in Afghanistan. After weeks of violence due to American soldiers burning the Koran, many fear the repercussions this shooting will have with the position of the Taliban and US-Afghan relations.

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President Obama to Meet With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Monday, March 05, 2012

At this weekend's conference of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Israel's security. During his remarks to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the President restated that, with regards to ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, all options are on the table. The President also said sanctions and diplomacy should be given a chance before further action is taken. Later today, the President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be the latest installment in what has been an uneasy relationship between the two leaders.

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NFL To Investigate Allegations of New Orleans Saints' Bounty Fund

Monday, March 05, 2012

Former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Gregg Williams is being called to New York to discuss an alleged bounty fund he employed with his players. The fund rewarded players for game-ending injuries inflicted on an opposing team’s players, and targeted superstars such as Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. The fund reached its height in 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl. Williams is alleged to have maintained when he ran the Washington Redskins’ defense as well.

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Apple Announces Independent Inspectors for Chinese Suppliers' Factories

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recent reporting by our partner The New York Times raised fresh concerns over the safety and well-being of the workers that staff Apple's supplier factories in China. Apple now says that it has requested an independent labor group to audit the conditions at its suppliers' factories, with the first inspections under way starting yesterday.

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Checking In On the Westminster Dog Show

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This week marks the 136th Annual Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. It's the biggest and longest-running, continuously held canine show in the country. Sarah Montague is a senior producer and the Westminster Dog Show correspondent for our co-producer WNYC. She's been covering the event for the past 12 years and tells us about the culture of America's most beloved dog show.

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Nevada Caucus and the Month Ahead

Monday, February 06, 2012

It was another decisive victory for Mitt Romney as he easily took Nevada this weekend. Things appear to be looking up for the on-again, off-again Republican front-runner. This month's Primary schedule favor the former Massachusetts governor. But with a long road ahead to the Republican National Convention in September, it's still possible that Romney's key GOP antagonist Newt Gingrich could regain his momentum.

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What's Next for Newt Gingrich?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Current polling has Mitt Romney ahead in Nevada. The primary schedule for February (not to mention lack of debates) leaves Newt Gingrich at a severe disadvantage. Is there any time left for Newt to get his momentum back? Where does the campaign go from here and will Gingrich really stay in the race until the Republican National Convention as he's repeatedly promised?

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A Dictionary of American Dialect

Thursday, February 02, 2012

If you've got a copy of the Dictionary of Regional English, you know that "hotdish" is a casserole-style meal popular throughout Minnesota. A "quahog" is common word for "clam" in New England. And "Euchre" is a card game beloved by Midwesterners of all stripes. Next month the final volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English, or DARE, will be released by the Harvard University Press.

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American Airlines Seeks to Lay Off 13,000

Thursday, February 02, 2012

On Wednesday, American Airlines declared that it would lay off 13,000 workers or 15 percent of its workforce. The company is attempting to emerge from bankruptcy, which it filed last November. Along with the layoffs, the company is seeking to cut employee pensions and some health benefits. AA CEO Tom Horton called the decisions "painful" but said in the end, the moves would preserve tens of thousands of jobs that would have otherwise been lost.

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The Hama Massacre: 30 Years Later

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Back in February 1982, then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad unleashed his troops on the city of Hama in an attempt to wipe out the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters. The Massacre lasted for a month and tens of thousands of Syrians lost their lives. Now the Syrian people are rising against the current president Bashar al-Assad in hopes of ending a 40-year dictatorship of the Assad family.

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Google's New Privacy Policy Raises Many Concerns

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Google recently announced a new privacy policy that has users and privacy advocates up in arms. Effective March 1, this new policy will consolidate information from users' various products — from Gmail to YouTube to the Android mobile phone operating system — in order to "better tailor its services" for customers. But the move could potentially violate a users' privacy simply to better target advertising. Estimates say between 50-75 percent of the world's internet users utilize at least one of Google's products.

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Will Israel Attack Iran?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The escalating tension between Israel and Iran over the latter's nuclear program has been at the center of many foreign policy debates and diplomatic talks over the past decade. Proponents of an Israeli strike say it's needed for to preserve Israel's national security while detractors say such an attack would precipitate World War III. 

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GOP Debate Before South Carolina Primary

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rick Perry is out, Rick Santorum actually won Iowa, and Newt Gingrich's second wife says he asked for an open marriage before he filed for divorce. The four remaining candidates debated in Charleston one last time before this weekend's South Carolina primary. We take a look back at what was arguably the wildest day of the 2012 Presidential campaign thus far.

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GOP Initiates Hispanic Outreach Effort

Thursday, January 19, 2012

George W. Bush made significant gains in attracting Hispanic voters, traditionally a strongly Democratic voting bloc, during his time in office. But those gains disappeared in 2008 when Barack Obama won more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. Despite the unpopularity of his administration's deportation strategy, Latin voters support Obama more than his Republican rivals. Realizing that they are missing a portion of the electorate that continues to grow, the GOP has initiated a Hispanic Outreach Effort for the 2010 election.

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Obama Administration Rejects Keystone Pipeline

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On Wednesday the Obama administration denied a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project. TransCanada, the company behind the proposal, hopes to build a 1,700 mile pipeline that will carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries lining the Gulf Coast along Texas. Although it will cost $ 7 billion to build, TransCanada claims the project will create ten of thousands of jobs. Environmentalist are most concerned about the water supply in ecologically sensitive in Nebraska's Sand Hills region, which TransCanada claims it has addressed by creating a new proposal that circumvents the Sand Hills.

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2011 Is History: Looking Back at a Tumultuous Year

Friday, December 30, 2011

Some years just seem to have less impact than others. But 2011 held the Arab Spring, the death of Osama bin Laden, Occupy Wall Street, protests against austerity measures and the ousting of Berlusconi, as well as the end of the Iraq War. Which events of the past year will make it to the history textbooks, and which will be esoteric stories we confuse our grandkids with?

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Election 2012: The Year Ahead

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Although some GOP hopefuls have been informally campaigning since this time last year and Barack Obama announced his campaign for reelection back in April, the January 3rd caucus will be the true beginning for the 2012 presidential race. This year, $5.9 million has been spent on TV advertising alone in Iowa. With no heavily favored Republican candidate, the strategy for turning fundraising dollars into actual votes has yet to reveal itself.

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After a Century of Suffrage, Women Still Can't Get Elected in Iowa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A woman has never been elected to Congress or held the governorship in Iowa. The only other state to hold this dubious distinction is Mississippi. Several studies point to cultural factors, such as the state's older population and evangelical lobbying groups. But nearly a century after women's suffrage and three years after Iowa legalized gay marriage, the Hawkeye State's problem seems to lie deeper.

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