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Sarah Kate Kramer

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Ethnic Shifting Could Mean Ethnic Redistricting

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The census often confirms what we already know - and it also affects the redistricting process for Congressional and state legislative districts.

New York City's Asian population increased 32 percent and now makes up about 13 percent of the city's population, while the Hispanic population grew by 8.1 percent and now makes up about 29 percent of the city's population. 

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Redistricting: What Is the Deal in New York?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The equation is simple: 19,421,055 population divided by 27 districts = 348,927.963 people in each district, but where to place those districts on the map is the fun part of redistricting.

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Niche Market | Rogue Magic and FunShop

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PHOTOS. 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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Libya No-Fly Zone Compared To Bosnia

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WNYC
You've got these various governments all theoretically endorsing this operation but there's no kind of umbrella command structure, there's no overall organization or group or council that can get together and set policy so the approvals have to be worked out on a government to government to government basis, so it's just a recipe for inaction, it seems to me.

NPR National Security correspondent Tom Gjelten speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Jeffries and Flanagan on Albany's Budget Battle

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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If you look at the folks who are in that category, and most of us would certainly like to be in that category, they pay a whopping disproportionate percentage of the taxes right now so I think New Yorkers generally are over taxed.

New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R-2) on the millionaire's tax, speaking on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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More NJ Finger Pointing About High Taxes

Thursday, March 17, 2011

WNYC

The average tax bill for property owners in New Jersey went up $7,576 - or 4.1 percent - in 2010, despite Gov. Chris Christie promise to lower local taxes. 

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Bloomberg's Pension End-Around

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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As anyone with a 401(k) knows, how much money you're going to have to put into your retirement and how much money you're going to have when you retire is so dependent on your rate of return and how well your investments do. If the current system as it goes right now continues, you know, the city is currently seriously underfunded in its pension fund liabilities and unless either of those rates of return improve or if the city starts putting more tax payer money into the system it's going to be very costly to fund these pension fund liabilities.

— Joe Flood, editor-at-large of aiCIO Magazine on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Democrats and the Budget Extension

Thursday, March 17, 2011

If it takes a shutdown of the government for people to come to their senses, or as President Obama says, for the adults to get into the room, then perhaps that's what it will take.

—Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY)  on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Niche Market | Casey Rubber Stamps

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PHOTOS. 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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Former GE VP: Japan Comparable to Three Mile Island

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We're talking of numbers on the order of what you would receive getting a cat scan or getting other diagnostic x-rays done over the course of your lifetime, so you have those done without fear, I believe that there's no fear in an increase of radiation here.

—Former GE VP Margaret Harding, talking about the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

 

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Yes or No No-Fly

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I don't think the U.S. should be intervening when asked by the Arab League, I mean we've never really asked the Arab League for permission to do anything else in the region.

Micah Zenko, fellow for conflict prevention at the Council of Foreign Relations, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Former GE VP: Japan Comparable to Three Mile Island

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"We're talking of numbers on the order of what you would receive getting a cat scan or getting other diagnostic x-rays done over the course of your lifetime, so you have those done without fear, I believe that there's no fear in an increase of radiation here."

-Former GE VP Margaret Harding, on the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis

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What About That '$3 Billion Surplus' in NYC?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

While you’re watched Letterman, Saturday Night Live, CNN, Iron Chef, Jeopardy! and many more shows this past week, you might've seen an ad from the United Federation of Teachers slamming Mayor Bloomberg for threatening to lay off more than 4,600 teachers while the city’s got a three billion dollar surplus, which you can see in the February 2011 Financial Plan.

But is Mayor Bloomberg really like Scrooge Mcduck swimming through the city’s mounds of gold coins?

To slice through the rhetoric, we picked the brain of Ronnie Lowenstein, director of the City’s nonpartisan, publicly funded Independent Budget Office.

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First Principles: What is the Primary Role of Government?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WNYC
Somebody getting a minimum wage, or somebody getting Medicare, or somebody getting stuff from the government, whatever that happens to be, comes at somebody else's expense. Somebody has to pay for it. And that expense is coerced. I believe that government has no right to coerce its people to do things they don't want.

— Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Does Candidacy Trump The Apprentice?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WNYC

As billionaire Donald Trump, the controversial real-estate magnate and contentious King of NBC's The Apprentice, plays coy about his candidacy for President, the man is on the verge of casting himself in another reality TV universe--the one of political infomercials and punditry. But would his entrance onto this reality show mean that he'd have to cancel his prior contract with The Apprentice?

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Niche Market | Civil Service Bookshop

Wednesday, March 09, 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. Slideshow below.

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Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy Makes His Case

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

WNYC
Defined benefit plans in and of themselves should not be considered the enemy, they can work but they require sacrifice.

—Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

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Libya's Online Dating Revolution

Friday, March 04, 2011

WNYC

"May your day be full of Jasmine," one online dater in Libya wrote to a woman who's profile he found attractive.Coded words, from one firey opposition fighter to another. Libyans fighting the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in the "Jasmine Revolution" have jumped upon yet another form of 21st century social media to coordinate protests: Online dating sites.

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Newt Gingrich: Preparing for an Iowa Harvest?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich is announcing today that he's launching an “exploratory phase” to test the waters for a presidential run in 2012. His spokesperson told an Georgia radio host on Thursday that he’s launching a website, NewtExplore2012.com, but Gingrich is not forming a formal federal exploratory committee yet.

The rumors of Gingrich’s yen to take the oval office after a single Obama term have been swirling for over a year. He has been planting seeds in Iowa, a state whose early caucus is often a soothsayer for winning the Republican primary. For that reason, Gingrich has visited Iowa nine times in the past two years.

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The Manning Wikileaks Defense - Is It Free Speech?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

It is a form of non-violent resistance but it still might have violent consequences. That's why the question quickly becomes not one of law. If he did this, any government, any government—however dedicated to free speech—would punish him, and probably punish him severely.

Floyd Abrams,a visiting professor of First Amendment Law at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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