— Reza Aslan, on the Brian Lehrer Show.
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?
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.
— Phil Angelides, chairman of the FCIC, on the Brian Lehrer Show
— Aladdin Elaasar, former Presidential candidate, on the Brian Lehrer Show
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.
I think what's really interesting about this situation is how much of a spectator the United States is really being forced to play. They don't have a lot of options right now, which is ironic considering the amount of money the United States has funeled into the Egyptian military over the past 30 years. But how much leverage has that bought in a situation like this? It's really hard to say.
— Rachel Martin, NPR National Security Correspondent, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
Minority communities are arming themselves with mapping software, census data, and the intricacies of the Voting Rights Act to ensure that they get their say when districts are redrawn this year. They're determined to elect representatives in Congress, the state Legislature, and on the local level who will vote with their concerns in mind.
Holder wants to send a message to the mob that 'even though we've been busy chasing terrorists for the last few years we have not forgotten about you.'
—Tom Robbins, Village Voice reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show
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, a roundtable discussion with editors and reporters accross New York on Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City address. Analysis from:
Newly-minted Governor Andrew Cuomo has a 70 percent approval rating, according to a Siena poll released Monday. He received overwhelmingly higher marks than the state legislature, which fewer than one in five New Yorkers trust to do the right thing for the state.
On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, WNYC presented the fourth annual celebration of the civil rights leader at the Brooklyn Museum. Some of the panelists were members of King’s generation who knew him personally, and some were younger activists, artists, and scholars who have been inspired by his legacy and vision. They included Roy Innis, Obery Hendricks, Christine Yvette Lewis, Jeanne Theoharis, Peniel Joseph, and Natalia Aristizabal-Betancur.
—Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
'Tis the season of new year resolutions, and with an especially large wave of new governors washing over statehouses this month, we'll be hearing a storm of promises. The governors of Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming will all be presenting State of the State speeches this week.
— James Fallows on The Brian Leher Show.
Politics and humor are like bread and butter...especially when they take you to that liminal space between laughing and crying. Here are a few pen and ink takes on 2010 we like. But we want more—from YOU! Send us your funnies (or suggestions) and we'll add them to the slideshow.
After months of Congressional stalemate, the lame duck session saw a flurry of activity. Round the clock discussions and deals resulted in landmark legislation reaching President Obama's desk almost daily. All this started days after Republicans gained the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Obama's popularity seemed to be at an all-time low. See below for a list of the accomplishments, and let us know what you think of the lame-duck session's busy month.
Obama displayed high hopes in his State of the Union Address for the Senate to consider a climate change bill and invest in clean energy, but bipartisan efforts failed and a bill didn't gain traction, despite the worst environmental disaster in history—the BP oil spill. Meanwhile, the planet experienced a slew of natural disasters and the highest temperatures on record, setting off deadly wildfires in Russia and floods in Pakistan.