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Sarah Kate Kramer

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Niche Market | Fishing Tackle

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. 

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Weathering the Storm: What Anthony Weiner Can Learn From These Sex Scandal Survivors

Monday, June 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner isn't resigning post-sex-scandal, and he's far from the first to try to keep his office in the wake of public shaming. He might want to take lessons from this list of pols who got tangled up in sex-scandals and ended up bruised, but not destroyed. Here are eight political careers that went on despite scandal.

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Campaign Trailer Critic: Get On Board the Herman Cain Train!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Raising Cain, y'all!

It begins with a fed-up yeoman.

This older, white, bearded farmer dumps some farm kudzu into his shed with a thud, and looks directly at the camera. "I want the government to work for me, the tax payer." Cue a drummer in the wild west, the rip of an electric guitar, and Herman Cain walks onto a stage.

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Syrian Liberation or Civil War?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The opposition and much of the international media has presented this as Syrian people: Democrats, against Tyrant. The Syrian government is presenting this as these are fundamentalists, trouble makers who are trying to destroy our country and our being stimulated by outside powers, and they're trying to ruin Syria and turn it into Iraq. None of those version are true--they're partly true.

Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Niche Market | Accordions

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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Campaign Trailer Critic: Jon Huntsman, a RINO?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Throughout the 2012 campaign season, It's A Free Country's political film critic Sarah Kate Kramer will be analyzing the videos released by political candidates, attack ads and other fun footage.

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Susan Page Previews This Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Even some of the freshman members of Congress do not seem to understand that raising the debt ceiling isn't only so you can borrow more money it's also that you can pay social security checks and so you can pay the troops on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is truly a critical measure. John Boehner can say that they're gong to raise the debt ceiling in the end—but he's got a caucus that's pretty resistant to the idea of doing that unless you have really enormous spending cuts and no tax hikes.

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Bloomberg Wants Gay Marriage Vote ASAP

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg presented gay marriage in moral terms Thursday in a speech intended to pressure State Senators into voting for a bill this term.  Speaking passionately and using blunt language, the Mayor posed a question to all state lawmakers:

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Niche Market | Vintage Scooter Repair

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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NYS Has No South Asian Elected Officials. Why?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Asian population in the five boroughs spiked 32 percent in the last decade, and New Yorkers of South Asian descent had a lot to do with it. Numbers from the Census Bureau show that Indian American numbers alone skyrocketed 77 percent in Manhattan to reach 25,857, and in the city over all there are now 192,209 people who identify as Asian Indian. In the next few weeks we'll have numbers on the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Nepali and Indo-Caribbean communities which have also been steadily rising. All of which raises an interesting question.

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5 Things We Learned From Obama's Mid-East Speech

Thursday, May 19, 2011

President Obama's speech on Middle East and North African policy at the State Department on Thursday wasn't earth-shattering. He tried to project consistency in the American approach to the domino-effect uprisings taking place all over the region. The President made an effort by using traditional metaphors insisting that the Arab spring is rooted in fundamental American values. Here are a few takeaways hidden in the pretty language:

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Niche Market | Brewing Supplies

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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What the Syrian Crackdown Means

Thursday, May 12, 2011

We're dealing with the arithmetic of fear. Fear of the unknown, recreating fear inside the country which helped the government justify its rule, and fear of countries abroad, namely the U.S. and Europe, of what might follow President Assad.

— NYT Beirut Bureau Chief Anthony Shadid

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Niche Market | Billiards

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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Pop-Up Installation Offers Cheese Made From Breast Milk

Friday, May 06, 2011

An East Village pop-up installation - known as the Lady Cheese Shop - recently lured foodies to tastings of three cheeses made from an unconventional source: human mothers.

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Mike Pence Running for Governor of Indiana

Thursday, May 05, 2011

It's official, U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) will be campaigning to become Governor of Indiana in 2012.

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Niche Market | Silk Flowers

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

WNYC

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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Update: More bin Laden Media Mistakes, Explained

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Journalists are constantly complaining about the light-speed news cycle nurtured by Twitter updates and the constant race to be first, or at least current. But the this sprint to be fast and relevant often leads to trips, falls and scuffed knees.

The fallout from President Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces late Sunday night is a perfect example of how misinformation from a unique source, news aggregation and insta-feedback from Twitterlandia can get mixed up to ill effect. Here are five falsehoods that have been birthed, spread and discredited - all in two days!

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Processing Bin Laden's Death in the Arab Spring

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

He had a political significance. Because people here, a number of them said to me, 'after the end of the Cold War, it was the U.S. and bin Laden. Bin Laden was all by himself and the only counterweight we knew to American power.'

New York Times correspondent David Kirkpatrick on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Campaign Trailer Critic: Newt and Callista Gingrich's 'City Upon a Hill'

Friday, April 29, 2011

Throughout the 2012 campaign season, It's A Free Country's political film critic Sarah Kate Kramer will be analyzing the videos released by presidential hopefuls. Today that hopeful is Newt Gingrich.

It opens with thunder crack. A storm is coming. Something special is under attack--something at the heart of all we hold dear. As luscious hills of amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties flow by it quickly becomes clear the stakes are freedom, liberty, America's heart and soul. As the danger grows, internal fights threaten to tear our community apart, the music crescendos as the tension peaks...this is the story of an idea, a spirit, it's the story of AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM.

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