Stephen Reader

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What's Happening in Conservatism?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Is this a war to be won by improving or changing political culture in Middle East?...Conservatives have to look at that and see how would you affect such a thing, what are steps toward it, how do you go about doing this? Or is it the way to go at all?...You can't advance on all fronts at once. You have to see which ones are the most important ones, and you have to pick your battles. We need a lot more strategic thinking about that.

Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review and author of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Huntsman Invokes 'American Century' at Presidential Announcement

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

As Jon Huntsman announced his campaign for the presidency, recovery was the theme, both fiscal and psychological. Huntsman noted that even in these dark times, America still accounts for 25 percent of the world's GDP. He touted the skill and resolve of the American workforce, as well as the strength of our military and educational institutions.

Then he stressed that we could lose it all.

"Today Americans are experiencing through no fault of their own something totally alien to them: a sense that the deck is stacked against them by forces totally beyond their control," Huntsman said. Read more»»


Huntsman's Campaign Announcment: First of Many (and Much Needed) Defining Moments

Monday, June 20, 2011

Need help figuring out what to think of Jon Huntsman? You're not alone! Apparently, few people really know what to make of the Republican presidential hopeful, who will officially announce his candidacy on Tuesday. Coverage has vacillated between calling his campaign a pipe dream to noting that he's the candidate Democrats fear most.

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Is Bank Regulation Excessive, or Necessary?

Monday, June 20, 2011

If you make these capital standards high enough and burdensome enough, then firms aren't going to grow larger. If you know that you have to hold a lot more capital because you have some risky assets, you might think twice about holding those assets.

Deborah Solomon, financial policy writer for The Wall Street Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Assemblyman Jeffries on the Albany Finals

Monday, June 20, 2011

If we are going to permit marriage equality for same sex couples, it seems to me somewhat problematic if we're then going to turn around and impose restrictions on the ability for those same sex married couples to raise children looking for a loving home.

— New York State Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries (D-57) on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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'Full-Blown Hostilities': Will Libya Raise the Bar on the War Powers Act?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are questioning the constitutionality of U.S. military involvement in Libya, providing yet another case study in the muddled logic and language of what constitutes an American war.

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New Jersey Teachers Target Republican Christie, and Democrat Sweeney for Pension Plan

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In a move that's becoming increasingly familiar across the country, Governor Chris Christie is asking public employees to contribute more of their income to their pensions and health care. New legislation could force towns and school districts to purchase private health plans, rather than participate in a government program which critics allege has lost over $200 million in recent years.

But unlike other states, the proposal in New Jersey is bipartisan, sort of: the plan represents a compromise between Republican Governor Christie and Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

And now state unions are targeting them both as the New Jersey legislative nears its budget deadline at the end of the month.

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Preview: Chris Christie Takes New Jersey's Questions

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The system is about to go bankrupt. If the governor doesn't get a compromise with Democrats in the legislature, and the system goes bust, you can forget about running for president. And to his credit, he's trying to get it done.

— WNET anchorSteve Adubato on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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CT Gov. Dan Malloy Talks Budget, Same Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I stated quite clearly that I would not play any games or gimmicks. Other states aren't funding their pension plans, as if that's savings. Well, that's not really savings. The obligation continues to grow, it just gets handed off to the next governor. In point of fact, that's what happened to me.

— Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Gay Marriage by the New York Numbers

Monday, June 13, 2011

All of a sudden it looks like Albany might actually pass a gay marriage bill, maybe. Ever wondered how many same sex couples lived in the state, or how many out-of-state couples would feed New York's economy if they got married here? Maybe you're just curious how much a wedding costs in the Big Apple (hint: it's cheaper to elope). Whatever happens in the legislature this week, here's a look at gay marriage by the numbers.

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Why Obama Is Visiting Puerto Rico

Monday, June 13, 2011

He's walking into a lot of issues which will resonate with how his presidential campaign develops. People don't vote for President in Puerto Rico, but they do raise money and they send a sizable delegation to the Democratic convention.

Angelo Falcon, President and Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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One Week Out: What's On Albany's Agenda?

Monday, June 13, 2011

[Gay marriage is] clearly not going to pass without Republican assistance because there are only 30 Democrats, one of whom will never in a million years vote for gay marriage, and that's Ruben Diaz. There's going to be a Republican deciding vote no matter how you slice it.

Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New Hampshire GOP Debate: The Likely Zinger Questions

Monday, June 13, 2011

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After months of spring games and fan meet-and-greets, today is Opening Day in New Hampshire. Seven Republican contenders are facing off tonight in the first primary debate in this first primary state.

And in case you’ve been distracted by contests that are actually consequential at this point, like the Sox and the Yankees for example, here’s a guide to the curveballs CNN’s John King is likely to throw out.



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Christie: Cuomo's Pension Plan Looks Like Mine

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is playing up the similarities between his plans for pension reform and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's.


Why Do Politicians Behave Badly?

Friday, June 10, 2011

What happens when you attain power is more people become attracted to you, and the paradox and irony of that is when people are attracted to you because of your power, you never trust that it's love anyway. That's part of what creates this insatiable desire to keep attaining more. It never satisfies the impulse in the end.

Deborah Gruenfeld, professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Herman Cain Joins Protest Against RGGI Cap-and-Trade

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

It was hot at Ground Zero. A rally was scheduled to begin at noon, the exact moment that the sun would finish climbing over the skyscrapers and flush out the shade. Inside the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan, officials with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inititative (RGGI, or "Reggie") were auctioning off carbon permits—the price for businesses to release CO2 into the atmosphere

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When it Doesn't Pay to Stay on Your Parents' Health Plan

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Private health plans got at least 600,000 new customers in the past year: under-26-year olds suddenly allowed back on their parents’ plan. If a goal of reform was to expand coverage, then by that estimate, it’s a partial success. We’ve improved access to the product. Has the product improved?


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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Watch: Weiner Cops to Lewd Twitter Photos, Breitbart Crashes Stage

Monday, June 06, 2011

In one of the more head-scratching resolutions to a political sex scandal in recent memory, Anthony Weiner today admitted that he did in fact send lewd photos of himself to women he'd met on the internet.

In an emotional and bizzare press conference at the midtown Sheraton this afternoon, Anthony Weiner admitted that he had contact through social media with several women from around the country. He reiterated several times that he had never met any of these women in person, but that his actions constitute "a personal failing" that will no doubt cast his political future into question.


The Future of Indian Point

Friday, June 03, 2011

We've let the licensing law lapse and we have this architecture for a 21st century circumstance where we're dependent more and more upon electricity, what with cell phones and computers. We have not invested in that. We've not had a collective buy-in about what we're going to do about energy. We're dealing with a legacy of conflict-avoiding.

— WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show

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