When you have millionaires at war with fundraisers in an election season, with just a little scratching, money starts to come out of the woodwork. WNYC's been covering a gaping loophole in New York's campaign finance regulations--Limited Liability Companies, or LLCs.
Sotheby’s will host a special heirloom auction on Thursday evening -- edible heirlooms, that is. Its mission? To raise awareness of heirloom vegetables and money for two charitable organizations.
-Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, on The Leonard Lopate Show.
David Sanger of the NYT joins Kerry Nolan to discuss what the Tea Party victories mean, as well as President Obama's upcoming visit to New York.
--Paul Loeb, Author of Soul of a Citizen, speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show
--Jake Tapper, White House Correspondent for ABC News
-Nate Silver, blogger for the New York Times' Five Thirty Eight blog
We've been asking you to send in your primary day reports, particularly your experience with the new ballot design. You tell us your stories when you text BALLOT to 30644 and we call you back.
Your reactions so far have been mixed: Some people found the new paper ballots simpler - Jim Petzke said it was as "easy as eating a piece of pie." We had lots of reports of nearly empty polling stations and people who were "in and out in five minutes."
But many of you reported problems. Organisational issues at the polling stations included missing ballots, broken optical scanners and long lines. Wayne Alan Blood wrote to our Facebook page to say that he had been "unceremoniously turned away" because the ballots never arrived.
There were lots of complaints about the paper ballots themselves. Voters called the print "tiny", and the design confusing and difficult to understand.
But the most outrage was voiced over what many of our listeners felt was a lack of ballot secrecy: Meryl Salvinger said poll workers told her to scan her ballot face up "which seems kind of crazy, with a poll worker standing standing right there, looking at it. I didn't really care, but that could be a problem for some people." Another caller, Greg Hofer, was livid:
"My voting booth was two pieces of manila file folders taped together at the end of the poll workers table. Anyone could have walked behind me and seen how I voted. In the forty years that I have voted, and I have never missed an election, this is the first time I felt exposed ... and I was absolutely appalled."
And it's not just the IAFC crowd that is finding trouble, Mayor Bloomberg has called the voting troubles a "royal screw-up."
Below is a running list of the reports we've received, updated throughout the day...
We know that our junior unelected Senator was appointed by an accidental Governor and that New Yorkers should have a choice, they should have a choice of a real Democrat, and I believe that I am that real Democrat.
--Democratic challenger Gail Goode on The Brian Lehrer Show
David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the upcoming middle east peace talks, as well as the Fed's announcement it will take additional steps to prevent a double-dip recession.
Ten years ago this summer, President Bill Clinton announced that the first draft of the Human Genome Project was complete. Standing next to the president, the lead scientist on the project at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, said the draft would reveal the keys to treating common diseases like Alzheimer’s in just 10 to 15 years.
That hope turned out to be wildly optimistic. A decade after those six billion letters making up the human instruction book were plotted in digital form, scientists are still just scratching the surface of the fundamental mystery of why some people get sick and others don’t. Pharmaceutical companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars yet they’ve found it frustratingly difficult to design effective gene-specific drugs.
The longest match in tennis history will resume on Thursday.
Stocks are rallying after China's weekend announcement it will allow its currency to appreciate against the dollar, a move that could provide a boost for U.S. manufacturers and exporters.
David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the NYT, joins WQXR's Kerry Nolan to discuss BP's compensation fund, the upcoming G-20 summit, and China's announcement it will let the yuan appreciate.
The annual Make Music New York Festival takes over hundreds of public spaces in the city today, the longest day of the year.
Organist Paul Jacobs talks to WQXR's Kerry Nolan about the return of a 19-ton concert organ to Alice Tully Hall this week.
Following on the heels of Arizona's harsh new law on undocumented immigrants, some residents of Fremont, Nebraska, want to essentially make it impossible for paperless immigrants to live or work within city-limits.
The Metropolitan Opera is losing tens of millions of dollars, even as expenses continue to climb.
Israel agreed to allow some building materials and food into the Gaza Strip, hoping to quell growing worldwide outrage following the flotilla raid.