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Stephen Reader

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Sen. Gillibrand Lays Out Lame Duck Agenda

Friday, December 03, 2010

As embarrassing as some of these more candid comments may be, it is now pretty clear the extent to which we have been working diplomatically, and have been engaging friends and allies around the world on critical questions ranging from Korea to Iran.

-Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York, speaking about the DREAM Act on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tackling the Deficit, Kicking and Screaming

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I think it's mostly a reflection of this funny political moment in which everyone says they want the deficit reduced but they are against tax increases and real spending cuts. If you have an electorate that’s against those things, it's very hard for politicians to sign onto any kind of plan.

-David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, talks about today's deficit commission meeting on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WikiLeaks: Public Enemy Number One?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The idea that anything we found out in the WikiLeaks exposures are telling us dramatic new things or revealing any kinds of crimes or conspiracies just isn't the case...This is like the Stieg Larsson novels except the main protagonists aren't good guys exposing real conspiracies and crimes, but a bunch of irresponsible and malevolent children getting in the way of the mature adults trying to actually deal with important problems.

-Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and the author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Unemployment Benefits: Expire or Extend?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A program that was conceived in 1935 to be a temporary respite for production workers in factories who might be laid off for six months at the most has become a lifeline for the long-term unemployed in America. I think even some liberal economists are starting to wonder whether the program works as it does. If you keep paying unemployment benefits to someone for several years they start losing their skills and dropping out of the workforce.

John Maggs, National Politics Reporter for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Redistricting Dance Begins Anew in 2011

Friday, November 26, 2010

Back before the midterm elections, we took a look at a high-stakes issue that generated little attention on the campaign trail: redistricting at state legislative districts in New York. The same goes for U.S. Congressional districts, which legislators will get to redraw next year. If Senator Chuck Schumer's comments are any indication, that redistricting will remain partisan and it will be business as usual.

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Third Party Pioneer Leaves Legacy of Anti-Establishment Protest

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

David Nolan, co-founder of the Libertarian Party and inventor of the ubiquitous World’s Smallest Political Quiz, passed away this week at the age of 67 in Tucson, Arizona. He leaves behind what is arguably the closest thing to a viable third political party that the U.S. has seen in the past half-century.

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Joel Klein: Give Black a Chance

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I had support and I think that's important, having the people around you who can provide the knowledge and expertise. Right from the beginning I wanted strong people in technology because so much needed to be done in that area. Strong people in finance, strong people in pedagogy. People build a team, and the good news right now is that the team we have in the department is extraordinary and I think will provide the support that Cathie Black needs.

- Joel Klein, outgoing New York City schools chancellor, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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American Icons: Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner

Friday, November 19, 2010

Using a whammy bar and a fuzz box, Hendrix captured the sound of bombs falling overseas and screaming protestors.  “I didn’t think it was unorthodox,” Hendrix said. “I thought it was beautiful.”

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Open Thread: Independent Dream Team?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's not running for president—but so does everyone else who's name comes up in the 2012 conversation. Contrary to Bloomberg's statements, a recent article in the Huffington Post insinuates that all signs point to probably. Were Bloomberg to run, it would be as an Independent, and the article even suggests that former Congressman, current TV host, and Bloomberg best-bud Joe Scarborough would be the likely choice for a running mate.

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Congratulations to our Political Prediction Contest Winners!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Before last week's election, we asked you to play pundit and pick the winning candidates and make other predictions. Now, we've asked two contest winners to discuss their picks on The Brian Lehrer ShowNick Rizzo, a freelance journalist who regularly writes about politics for Capital New York, and Jennifer Ambler, a Queens-based actress who also works as a temp/tax preparer/math tutor.

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Does the Tea Party Mean the End of the Two-Party System?

Friday, November 12, 2010

I think it's easy to suggest these people aren't qualified, but nearly 8 out of 10 Americans trust their own judgment more than any member of Congress on economic issues…There is a question of whether some of these people are qualified or not, but most in the Tea Party—and a large majority of American voters—doubt that many of the existing elected politicians are qualified for the job.

- Scott Rasmussen, founder of the polling firm Rasmussen Reports, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Will Learning Curve be a Problem for New Schools Chancellor?

Friday, November 12, 2010

There's a lot of issues out there and in schools every day teachers go into those classrooms and they have to do the job of helping those children. I understand there's a learning curve, and of course I would work with her because that’s the responsible thing to do. It's what we should all be doing on behalf of the children. But it's not like we have a lot of time.

- Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Number of Veterans in Congress Will Sink to New Low

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Republican Michael Grimm, newly-elected Representative of New York's 13th congressional district, has big plans for his freshman term. A former Marine and undercover FBI agent, Grimm would like to start a new caucus of former military veterans and law enforcement officers on Capitol Hill. As the number of veterans in Congress reaches its lowest point since World War II (again), what would that caucus look like?

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Mr. Runyan Goes to Washington

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The thing I love about the Tea Party is, it's me. It's someone that hasn't been involved in politics that's really fed up with what's going on. We're all conservative-minded people...I tell everybody all the time: no one's going to agree with everything that everybody believes in, but to be able to sit down and have that discussion is what we're about. That's why we need a lot of fresh people in there, who don't have those ties to other politicans or special interests and all that.

- Jon Runyan, Representative-elect from New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Should Democrats be Celebrating?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You do all this legislating in between elections, a lot of gamesmanship designed to hurt the other guys. I think this is an upside-down way of looking at what politics is about. It should be about how you use the seats you won in the last election to enact your agenda, what you believe in, and what you told people when you got elected.

- William Saletan, national correspondent for Slate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bloomberg's Choice for NYC Schools: Publisher Cathie Black

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg has announced that magazine magnate Cathie Black will be the next Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. She will replace Joel Klein, who held the position for eight years before announcing his departure Tuesday afternoon.

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Bloomberg's Choice for NYC Schools: Publisher Cathie Black

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that magazine magnate Cathleen Black will be the next Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. She replaces Joel Klein, who held the position for eight years before announcing his departure for News Corp. on Tuesday afternoon.

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Too Close to Call in Connecticut?

Friday, November 05, 2010

It’s kind of Barack Obama’s fault. He turned up in Bridgeport on the Sunday before election and he really jazzed people up…Suddenly it was 2008 again in Bridgeport, so they got a much bigger turnout than anyone expected.

-Colin McEnroe, radio host and political columnist, discussing the close Connecticut governor's race on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Millionaires for Higher Taxes

Friday, November 05, 2010

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People said Bill Clinton’s tax increase on the affluent is going to derail the economy and destroy jobs. Well, job growth in the Clinton administration was far more rapid than it was in the Bush administration after a big tax cut for the affluent. At the very least, it’s worth acknowledging that these tax raises on the affluent do not have a huge effect on the economy.

-David Leonhardt, columnist for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Weiner and Hayworth on Dems' Woes, GOP's Blows

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The inescapable conclusion of these results is that voters rewarded a lot of people for voting no on every initiative, bragging that they were going to try to disassemble some of the things that were passed. I think the president has to get back to the place where he’s not just the leader of our country, but the leader of our philosophy of governing.

-Anthony Weiner, Representative of New York's 9th congressional district, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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