Stephen Reader

Stephen Reader appears in the following:

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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Mayday! The Grim Jobs Report Explained

Friday, June 03, 2011

Economists call it a coordination failure, and I think that's what we're seeing now. Because employment is so weak, people don't want to spend. Because people don't want to spend, companies don't want to produce and hire. It perpetuates itself and we need to get out of it somehow.

Peter Coy,  economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Coastal Access and Greenhouse Gas in New Jersey

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

We're trying to get away from one-size-fits-all regulation. Towns come forward to the DEP and say, look, because of physical constraints or whatever, we can provide this much parking; we can't provide these three access points onto the beach, but we can do more parking over here and more bath facilities over here. It's about trying to find best combination for towns going forward.

Bob Martin, New Jersey Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Global Poverty: A 'Radical Rethinking'

Friday, May 27, 2011

Many of these states have a reputation for saying things which aren't true, They guarantee this and promise that and don't deliver. There's a natural tendency for people then to be skeptical of government assertions about things. There's a need for government to build up credibility as a reliable, non-manipulative deliverer of information.

Abhijit Banerjee, International Professor of Economics at MIT, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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What Merits the Corporate Death Penalty?

Friday, May 27, 2011

It opens up a Pandora's box about what we can actually do with recidivist corporations who are doing us in. I'd like to see the same kind of rule applied to Wall Street; the crimes involved there are so much greater in magnitude...and no one has been punished. Imagine if a hedge fund got caught involved in systematic insider trading and lost their license and could never do business again.

Les Leopold, executive director of the Labor Institute, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Where Prisoners Get Counted as Citizens and Why it Matters

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Justice Department just approved New York's right to count prisoners in their home districts, rather than in their county of incarceration. How will that change the state legislative map in a year when redistricting reform already has blood boiling in Albany?


Nate Silver on NY-26 and Beyond

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

All but four Republicans already voted for the plan and they're running in districts just like New York 26 (or more Democratic) next year. Six were carried by Obama in 2008. So they probably have to think about an exit strategy, but the collateral damage is done, both to those who already voted for it and those in the Tea Party that wanted to control the direction of caucus.

Nate Silver, blogger for The New York Times' Five Thirty Eight blog, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Reaction: NJ Schools Spared Budget Cuts

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

[Christie] said, 'Listen, it's not just about money. We've been spending money in urban areas, committing money to building schools in these districts, and not getting results.'

— WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Timeline: Gay Marriage in New York

Friday, May 20, 2011

With a historic vote on the evening of June 24, the New York State Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill -- effectively legalizing gay marriage, with previous approval in the Assembly and Governor Cuomo intending to sign the bill. 

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Steve Coll on the Middle East

Friday, May 20, 2011

When, as yesterday, the president goes country to country and tries to rationalize the accommodation of Bahrain's repression, leaves Saudi Arabia out altogether, then celebrates the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, you can bet people noticed that.

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and contributor to the New Yorker, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New York vs. Banks?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

It was not something that one or two banks was doing, so I think you're going to find that the probe will probably expand to all firms that were large in the area of securitizing mortgage loans and selling them to investors...If prosecutors have been holding back on bringing charges, some of these lawsuits and the discovery and material coming out in them can be very helpful in making a case.

Gretchen Morgenson, business writer for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Trump not Running for Prez, Still Sure He'd Win

Monday, May 16, 2011

Donald Trump released a statement Monday announcing he would not seek the Republican nomination in 2012.


Afghanistan: Why We Should Stay, Post-Osama

Monday, May 16, 2011

The reason we went in was not simply to get bin Laden; in fact, it was to stabilize Afghanistan so that it can no longer serve as a sanctuary for international terrorists. Most factions of the Taliban were not directly connected to bin Laden to begin with. The demise of bin Laden really, logically, shouldn't affect much in their calculation of whether or not to continue fighting the war.

Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" columnist at Slate and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.


Explainer: Does NYC Subsidize Wall Street?

Friday, May 13, 2011

On Thursday, Michael Bloomberg said New York City doesn't subsidize the financial industry. Two sentences later, Bloomberg doubled down on his own claim: the city doesn't subsidize any industries.

That raised our eyebrows.

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The Catholic Case Against Boehner's Budgets

Friday, May 13, 2011

It looks as if the Ryan budget takes as its special target programs that serve the poorest and most vulnerable of Americans. Maternal and child health grants, WIC programs, food stamps, Medicaid and Medicare...All these things really put at risk the poorest of Americans. It seems as if that's contrary to the way our faith talks about preferencing the needs of the poor in our public policy.

Stephen F. Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Aha Moment: John Darnielle and Black Sabbath

Friday, May 13, 2011

Twenty years ago, just as indie rock started to be called indie rock, John Darnielle founded one of its great bands — The Mountain Goats. The New Yorker called Darnielle "America's best non-hip hop lyricist"; his songs are moody, literary, some might say a bit navel-gazey. ...

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Breitbart on ACORN, Sherrod, and 'Gotcha' Journalism

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I guarantee you this: they had—Media Matters, ACORN, the mainstream media—everyone had the full context and no way to explain away the behavior. They had to try and deflect on us that James created a series of videos that included music, an intro sequence where he is dressed as extravagant looking pimp, but what you'll see in those selectively edited ones, they don't distort the reality of what happened.

Andrew Breitbart, conservative media critic and author of Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Guadagno: The Business of Bringing Business to New Jersey

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Competition is good for everybody, I think. Hunts Point is in the Bronx, there are 3,200 jobs, and we're fighting very hard to attract them to New Jersey. The 3,200 people who can move to New Jersey from New York are going to be very happy, because we're going to save them a lot of money when they come here.

Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor of New Jersey, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Clinton Diplomacy and the Future of Middle East Policy

Monday, May 09, 2011

Voices from Washington were quite convinced that if only we get to bin Laden, if only we get rid of his senior lieutenants, there will be less reason to stay in Afghanistan and the only reason we're still there is because of him. Presumably he's been killed and now those voices need to come to terms with their own argument.

Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst for Al-Jazeera English and host of Empire, a monthly show about global powers, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Albany Snapshot on Gay Marriage

Monday, May 09, 2011

At this point, we just don't know what Skelos might gain or lose from allowing a vote. Does he want to clear it out this year because it's not an election year? Take LGBT money that's pouring into Democrats' coffers off the table? Maybe some protection for Republicans who vote 'yes' in a difficult election year in 2012? Maybe he trades with Governor Cuomo for backing off the redistricting reform issue? It's very unclear.

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

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