Stephen Reader

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Cuomo Talks Rebuilding Empire at State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

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."

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Connecticut's New Guv: The Real Malloy

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We can expect some sort of tax hike, some sort of cut to state services, some sort of negotiation with state employee unions, and beyond that, I'm not sure what. I think even Governor Malloy knows that with all those savings we still might not get to the $3.5 billion deficit.

John Dankosky, news director at WNPR and host of Where We Live, on Connecticut's new governor, Dan Malloy, and his plans for 2011

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Cuomo and New York's Business

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Business spends plenty of money focused on narrow industry interests. Same with organizaed labor and other special interest groups, they tend to focus narrowly. The challenge Cuomo will lay out today in his message is, "Okay, enough with your narrow interests. The whole place is falling apart. There is no more resource. The state can't support any of you unless we fix what's going on, unless we figure out how to grow our economy in a constructive way, get control of the taxes and that we grow our tax base by building our economy, not simply by raising taxes."

Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City

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A Tale of Two Governors: How Cuomo and Malloy Will Tackle Their Budget Crises

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

As the new governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo has pledged to freeze the salary increases of state employees, veto any increase in personal or corporate income taxes, and impose a state spending cap.

Dan Malloy, who will be sworn in as the next governor of Connecticut on Wednesday, hasn’t pledged anything of the sort.


What's In Store For Governor Cuomo

Monday, January 03, 2011

You're talking about freezing salaries, capping state spending, these changes in worker status. I think Cuomo's saying, we've got to rip this thing up and start over again. A lot of municipalities are going to be looking at this and saying, "What's for me?"...Everybody wants the state to do well, but not at their expense.

Celeste Katz, writer for the Daily Politics blog at the New York Daily News

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The Tarnished Bloomberg Brand

Monday, January 03, 2011

I think peopls will be very angry for a very long time about the city's response...To say it's Bloomberg's Katrina is overstated, but it really chips into his image as someone who "keeps the trains running."

Celeste Katz, writer for the Daily Politics blog at the New York Daily News

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Cuomo Details Decision to Move State of the State Address, Not Much Else

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has been mostly silent lately about his plans for New York, but he's got a lot to say about his plan to present them. Today Cuomo announced that the annual State of the State address won't be held in the State Assembly Chamber, as it usually is. Due to exceedingly high demand for tickets, the governor has opted to host this year's event at the Empire State Plaza's Convention Center.


How the 111th Congress Changed Our Lives

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Congress usually draws the most attention for the things it doesn’t accomplish. The 111th session was no different, but all the partisan bickering, deadlock, and frequent threats of filibuster overshadowed one reality: these legislators actually got a heck of a lot done. With the new session beginning on January 3rd, it's time to ask: How has the 111th Congress changed our lives? Here are just a few of the ways that lawmakers made America different over the past two years.

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End-of-Life Counseling Back from the Dead

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I think it’s important to remember that it’s really important for people to have these discussions, and I think that importance got totally lost in all that “death panel” business that was going on and the political hysteria that accompanied it.

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review

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What Happened in 2010: Jobs and the Economy

Monday, December 20, 2010

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.

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What Happened in 2010: Iraq and Afghanistan

Monday, December 20, 2010

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.

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After "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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 Tooreacted to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy affecting gay servicemen and women.

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Quantitative Easing, Qualified Unease

Friday, December 17, 2010

I think a lot of people were blindsided by the agreement Obama worked out with congressional Republicans to not only extend the Bush tax cuts but to add on with payroll tax cuts and some business tax cuts, so I think we ended up getting more stimulus than most people would have bet for in the summer. There’s a question of whether that’s a good or a bad thing.

- Jon Hilsenrath, chief economics correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Afghanistan Review Shows Fragile Gains, Fragile Governments

Friday, December 17, 2010

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.

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Afghanistan After Holbrooke

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You could feel in his commentary skepticism about America's Afghanistan project, and I found this really revealing given the final words he's alleged to have said before he was sedated for surgery, telling his doctor and family that we've got to end the Afghanistan war...I talked to a very senior member of his staff yesterday and I said, "What do you think about those words?" and he said, "Steve, those are my instructions from the boss. We are all going to work as hard as we can to take these last words and make them mean something."

- Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, speaking about US Diplomat Richard Holbrooke on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Thomas Frank on The Magic Middle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

If the Democrats in the House scuttle this thing, it's just clear as day what happens. Taxes go up on everybody on New Year's Eve. The Republicans take control of the House a week later. A week and a day later, they pass a package which I promise you, from the Democratic standpoint will be not nearly as good as what we have right now, and then they tell the story that the Democrats, a week ago, raised taxes on every single American and we came in our white horses and lowered them.

- Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper's Magazine, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Echoes of Ellsberg in WikiLeaks Controversy

Friday, December 10, 2010

People who thought Julian Assange or Bradley Manning are immoral now, people like that certainly thought I was immoral at the time. Manning I see as the first person in 40 years who has been willing as he said to go to prison for life or be executed in order to get this information to the American people, and as he said to cause worldwide discussion, debate and reform. That's where I was 40 years ago, and I haven't heard anyone say anything like that in the intervening period.

-Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked the infamous Pentagon Papers in 1971, on The Brian Lehrer Show.  

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For Liberals, Little Comfort in Tax Cut Compromise

Friday, December 10, 2010

I think the Democrats need to draw a line in the sand now. They were real wimps during the election and Republicans were all about the deficit, the deficit, the deficit. And now they want to give all this money to the top one percent. It's crap! I heard so many people complain about bailouts. They should be crying about giving all this money to rich people.

- Linda, a caller disappointed by President Obama's tax cut compromise, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Will the Tea Party Settle for Compromise?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

There's no question that they want to keep their promises, myself included. The reality is that sometimes you have to play the cards that you're dealt. I don't think it's prudent to say, 'I promised I wouldn't do this, so I'm going to stand on that promise at the cost of massively hurting the economy and hurting the people I represent much more than by compromising to some extent.'

-Michael Grimm, Representative-elect from Staten Island, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Health Care for 9/11 Workers? Not so Fast

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most recently, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, who've been working hard to get this passed, have proposed a whole bunch of options, sort of a menu list, and told Republicans to pick and choose from this and we'll make up the money in some other way. But given the atmosphere in Washington at this time, I think Republicans are going to be reluctant to go along with anything that looks like a tax increase or might cost any jobs.

-Anthony DePalma, speaking about a bill that would provide health benefits to 9/11 responders, on The Brian Lehrer Show.