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Wonk Wars: What's So Bad About Earmarks?

Monday, October 04, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: Earmarks Are A Good Thing

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30 Issues: Education

Friday, October 01, 2010

Jennifer Cohen, policy analyst with the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, and Damon Hewitt, director of the Education Practice Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) talk about partisanship and the Obama administration's education policy. Then, Elizabeth Green, editor for Gotham Schools, looks at the Cuomo and Paladino positions on education.

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Wonk Wars: Is The Tea Party Good For America?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: The Tea Party Is Good For America

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30 Issues in 30 Days: The Federal Stimulus

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dan Gross, columnist and economic editor at Yahoo Finance, and Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal and author of The End of Prosperity debate the pros and cons of the federal stimulus package.  

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30 Issues In 30 Days: Paladino's Character

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Michael Barbaro, New York Times reporter, profiles Republican nominee for New York governor Carl Paladino and likely voters weigh in on whether his personality is a dealbreaker or the reason he's the ideal man to fix Albany.

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30 Issues: The Government's Role in Home Ownership

Monday, September 27, 2010

The sub-prime mortgage crisis and the ensuing debate over the proper role of government in promoting home ownership raise questions about the involvement Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo may have had, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton, in getting the bubble going.  Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Wayne Barrett, senior editor at The Village Voice, and Peter Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, look at various aspects of the issue.

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30 Issues Cont'd: Money, Politics, and Citizens United

Friday, September 24, 2010

Peter Overby, NPR's power, money and influence correspondent, and Bill Allison, editorial director of the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, take a look at campain finance spending on a national level and talks about how the Citizens United ruling could impact upcoming elections.

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30 Issues: Money & Politics - LLC Loophole

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, lawyer and campaign finance expert with the NYU Law School's Brennan Center for Justice and WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly discuss loopholes within campaign finance regulations, particularly when it comes to setting up LLCs here in New York State. Plus, to show how easy the LLC process is, WNYC producer Jody Avirgan sets up our very own LLC live on-air!

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30 Issues Wonk Wars: Public Employee Benefits

Thursday, September 23, 2010

James Parrot, Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow and author of the forthcoming book Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer, discuss today's Wonk Wars true/false statement: Public Employees Get Too Many Benefits.

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30 Issues in 30 Days: Auto Bailout

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Steven Rattner, President Obama's former car czar and author of Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry in Americadiscusses his new book and whether the bailout of the auto industry was good for America.

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30 Issues: Businesses and Taxes

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business, and Robert Reich, public policy professor at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, give their takes on the claim that a tax on the wealthy is a tax on small business.

Local Robert Reich Appearances 
Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:00pm at Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY
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Wonk Wars: Do Public Employees Get Too Much?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: Public Employees Have Too Many Benefits

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30 Issues in 30 Days: The Schedule

Monday, September 20, 2010

See what's on tap and find archived shows.

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