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Pentagon Papers Legacy and WikiLeaks

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The great vice in what the government is trying to do is that it's trying to criminalize the journalistic process with respect to getting information that's classified. If in fact they can succeed in the Assange case, they will be taking away a journalistic right that journalists have had for years, which is to talk to a variety of people in order to gather information.

James Goodale, former vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times and a lead lawyer in the Pentagon Papers case, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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In the Wake of Same Sex Marriage Approval: The Loss of Domestic Partnership Benefits?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

To have same sex marriage now be the way in which we cut off those rights for domestic partners seems to me to be a bad outcome, rather than seeing marriage as something among a menu of ways in which one can have their relationship legally recognized.

Katherine Franke, Professor of law and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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BoA, QE2, EU: What To Do?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The problems that came to the surface in 2008 are still there, they’re just lurking not very far beneath the surface.

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal and author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street and Washington, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tri-State Roundup

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There was a sense that no one was really running state government, you had Sheldon Silver, the longest serving legislative leader, who many people considered the most powerful man in Albany, and now, after six months, it's clearly Andrew Cuomo.

New York Observer Political Reporter Azi Paybarah, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Is the Global War on Drugs a Failure?

Monday, June 27, 2011

What the world needs at this moment, and the U.S., is to look at the problem of consumption of drugs as a sickness, as a problem of health, but not as a criminal's not using enough money on information and prevention and the problem of using marijuana is totally out of's time that the U.S. at least look at Europe that has been handling this in a much more intelligent way. They use the word harm, less harm for society, and I really think that is a much better approach.

— César Gaviria, former president of Colombia and a commissioner on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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City Budget Progresses with Help from Teachers Union

Monday, June 27, 2011

We really have a disastrous fiscal years in the out years, a $5 billion budget gap in 2013 and the reality that Albany and Washington are stepping away and are going to continue cutting their contributions to the city so even tougher choices lay ahead. We dodged the bullet this time.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Debt Ceiling Impasse

Friday, June 24, 2011

The expectation was that at a certain point they’d have to leave the hard decisions to President Obama and to the Speaker of the House.

Congressional Quarterly senior writer Joseph Schatz, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Listeners Respond: Obama's Cautious Gay Marriage Stance

Friday, June 24, 2011

People don’t have to get a marriage visa every time they cross the George Washington bridge. Unfortunately, though, there has been a gay exception carved into the way our country treats marriage.

Evan Wolfsen, president of Freedom to Marry, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Supreme Court Decisions

Thursday, June 23, 2011

[I]f the first amendment continues to bar efforts to protect privacy, then privacy may really have an uphill battle in the future.

— Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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What the Property Tax Cap Means for Mandates

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's not over with yet, it's a very fluid situation. But clearly, to effectively implement a tax cap without destroying community college participation, or long term home health care programs, nursing homes, tourism, water, sewer, economic development projects, road patrol, infrastructure—they need to get this mandate relief.

Stephen Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Christine Todd Whitman on Nuclear Power

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The tritium leaks are something about which you have got to be concerned. Even [though] the AP says none of them have reached drinking water aquifers, it’s still not something you want to see. But they don’t mention the amount of money that has gone into improving and trying to stop that from happening.

— Former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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