In his first State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon, Govenor Andrew Cuomo laid out his plans for reorganizing New York state government, closing the $10 billion budget deficit, and acting on a host of progressive social issues.
He said streamlining government and taking on the deficit go hand in hand. "This is not just a budget exercise," Cuomo said. "This is a fundamental realignment for the state. You can't make up these savings over this period of time through a cutting or trimming exercise. We need to reorganize government agencies and redesign our approach, because the old way wasn't working anyway."
The United States' economy continued to struggle in 2010 as policymakers attempted to navigate the difficult transition from recession to recovery. A high, stubborn, stagnant unemployment rate serves as the backdrop to a year in which further stimulus measures were considered, the financial industry faced reform, and politicians prepared to compromise on the Bush tax cuts.
The year in Iraq and Afghanistan was marked by grim milestones in the US occupation, fraudulent and confusing elections, sudden changes in military command, and a lot of leaked information. Here's what you may have missed.
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. This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, Commander Beth Coye, former naval officer and author of My Navy Too, reacted to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy affecting gay servicemen and women.
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. This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR national security correspondent Rachel Martin reviewed the Obama administration's assessment of the war in Afghanistan.