Streams

Sarah Kate Kramer

Sarah Kate Kramer appears in the following:

Niche Market | The Fragile Art Behind Bernie's Glass

Monday, February 28, 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. 

Comments [7]

New Jersey's Dueling Rallies

Friday, February 25, 2011

There will be dueling rallies in Trenton on Friday, both connected to the rumble in Wisconsin. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is expecting to bring out 4,000 to 5,000 people in solidarity with union members who are protesting Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) bill to strip away collective bargaining rights from most public sector unions.

Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity, a coalition of Tea Party groups that calls itself the state's leading free market, grassroots organization (and has funding from the conservative Koch brothers) will stage a counter protest. AFP State director Steve Lonegan believes public sector unions have too much power and use it to negotiate luxurious benefits, to the detriment of tax payers who pay for them.

Comments [1]

DOMA Done?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

WNYC

The nation has shifted very quickly and I think Obama understands that, and when he talks about his own struggle with these issues, and how he's evolving on these issues in the same way the nation is, I think that's what he's getting at.

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law.

Comments [12]

Niche Market | Gravestones at Grande Monuments

Wednesday, February 23, 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.

Comments [2]

In Budget Address, Christie Dangles Property Tax Cuts in Exchange for Health and Pension Reform

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"This is the new normal," Christie pronounced in Trenton on Tuesday.

Thoroughly optimistic about the state of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie introduced a $29.4 billion 2012 budget, with spending projected to be 2.6 percent less than the current year. He reaffirmed his commitment to not fund commitments made by prior governors if he doesn't believe they're good investments (possibly a reference to pulling a plug on the ARC Tunnel project connecting New York and New Jersey). 

Comment

Wisconsin State Senators Skip Town To Delay Vote on Public Employee Bill

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WNYC

Amid a veritable thunderstorm of union opposition to a bill proposed by Gov. Scott Walker, the 14 Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate have gone off the grid in a ploy to avoid a vote on a Republican-backed budget plan that would strip most public employees of their collective-bargaining rights.

Comments [5]

Fannie and Freddie - Not Their Fault?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ultimately, because they were a profit making organization they decided to try to regain market share, drive up profits, drive up compensation. They joined the party late and unfortunately in the late stages of the crisis they bought a significant amount of subprime securities. But even then they peaked, they never bought more than 28 percent of the subprime mortgage backed securities on the market. So they helped inflate the housing boom, they added helium to the balloon, but they were not the primary drivers.

Phil Angelides Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Comments [11]

Niche Market | Tiny Doll House

Wednesday, February 16, 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.

Comments [12]

Highlights from Obama's Presser

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WNYC

President Obama's press conference on Tuesday focused on defending the annual budget he presented yesterday. Reporters used to opportunity to corner him on Egypt, the deficit commission, tax reform and "having an adult conversation" with Republicans.

Comment

How Will Uprisings Change U.S. Policy in the Middle East?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WNYC
We had a deal with the Arab world for 30 years which was, you give us cheap oil, a stable supply of oil, and we'll stay out of your business. That deal fell apart on 9/11. First of all, oil is no longer cheap, and secondly, they weren't stable, and obviously threatened us. Reform in the Arab world has been something since 9/11 the U.S. government has been trying to push. We didn't know how to do it, George Bush thought we would invade Iraq and democracy would blossom all around the Arab world, that did not happen.

Nancy Soderberg, deputy national security advisor to the Clinton administration, former UN Ambassador and president of the Connect U.S. Fund, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Comments [11]

Mubarak Refuses to Resign, Suleiman Tells Youth To Go Home, Crowd in Tahrir Is Upset

Thursday, February 10, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian people on state TV that he will remain in Egypt until his death and will not step down until there are free elections in September. He announced that he had transfered some powers to the Vice President, and will amend the consititution in preparation for a repeal of the hated emergency law that allows the arrest of anyone who is in opposition to the government—but left it vague when that would take place.

Comments [4]

The US Response To Egypt: Supporting 'Transition'

Thursday, February 10, 2011

WNYC

Speaking to students at Northern Michigan University, President Obama called the events unfolding in Egypt a "moment of transformation." The administration has been very careful with its words about Mubarak, so Obama appears to be riding the wave, not driving the wave.

Comments [1]

Protest Context: The History of Mubarak Abuses

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Torture actually spread, it became sort of an epidemic, which is what it is today, I'm sorry to say. It happens in police stations, it happens not just with political dissidents, it happens with people just picked up for suspicion of committing ordinary crimes. This has become a serious and widespread problem.

Joe Stork deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, on The Brian Lehrer Show

Comments [6]

Twitter Responses To Military Announcement

Thursday, February 10, 2011

BREAKING—Egyptian military commanders told protesters in Tahrir Square that all their demands would be met today, but they were not. On twitter, the day started off with joyous pronouncements that the revolution had succeeded, followed by remarks of uncertainty, and now we're seeing anger, disappointment and promises to march to the palace in Cairo tomorrow.

Comments [1]

At CPAC, a Conservative House Divided?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is always a big shindig, but this year there will be some new faces at the planning table: GOProud, a gay group that implicitly supports gay marriage in addition to the usual laundry list of conservative ideals. GOProud's attendance was enough to set off a boycott of CPAC by prominent conservative politicans and groups, including individuals who had previously attended the conference and even delivered keynote speeches there.

Comment

Niche Market | New York Nautical

Wednesday, February 09, 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.

Comments [13]

Democracy in Egypt Means Engaging Muslim Brotherhood

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

We can't start a democratic process in a place like Egypt by simply cutting out some group that represents some 20 to 25 percent of the Egyptian populace. They need to have a voice, some role in government, and we need to allow Egyptians to decide for themselves whether that ideology is good for Egypt or bad for Egypt. If they think it's good for Egypt they'll vote for it, if it turns out to be bad for Egypt in a democratic process they get to vote these bums out!

— Reza Aslan, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

Comments [23]

Superbowl XLV: Stacking Up the Cities

Friday, February 04, 2011

WNYC

Sunday's superbowl game pits Green Bay's Packers against Pittsburgh's Steelers. Besides the throwing and body-slamming power of football teams, how do the cities stack up against each other?

Comment

The FCIC Ghost Story: Shadow Banking

Thursday, February 03, 2011

WNYC

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, in the first of a four part series, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission chairman Phil Angelides discusses his group's findings on the reasons behind the economic meltdown.

Comment

The FCIC Ghost Story: Shadow Banking

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I had spent a lot of my life in the private sector, in finance, and I was stunned by what I learned this year, I was shocked. The extent to which our financial system went from being a system to support the real economy—companies, job creation, wealth creation in this country—to a system that was money making money. Financial engineering alone to the great detriment of the country.

— Phil Angelides, chairman of the FCIC, on the Brian Lehrer Show

Comments [8]