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Warren Out as Head of Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Monday, July 18, 2011

The $64,000 question, so to speak, [is] exactly how effective it can be in changing the daily lives of Americans as it relates to finance.

Carter Dougherty, reporter for Bloomberg News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why the 2012 Farm Bill Matters

Friday, July 15, 2011

These farm programs, they’re not worthy of the farmers who participate in them, to be honest. Farmers deserve a better safety net.

Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Building A Case Against Murdoch

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I think that Murdoch’s Humpty-Dumpty-ish fall will be accelerated more in the market than in the law.

Jeff Jarvis, professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and author of What Would Google Do?, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Representative Nan Hayworth on the Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The closer we bring our tax structure to being flat, the better we’ll all be... When you have a flatter structure, when you have more of us participating in the federal revenue collection, if you will... then those who may earn more will save and invest more, and that’s what we want.

Nan Hayworth, Congress Member (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Michael Eric Dyson: Marriage Pledge

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There's no question that African American families are under assault and that the marriageable pool index of Black people is being undermined by what--over-incarceration of Black men. Black women are being left alone because many Black men are being unjustly and unfairly imprisoned, besides the destructive practices that may be nurtured within the culture.

— Michael Eric Dyson professor of sociology at Georgetown University and author of Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Van Jones' American Dream

Friday, July 08, 2011

We've already had an austerity program given to us by Wall Street when it destroyed the economy in 2008; to add a public sector austerity program is the height of foolishness.

Van Jones, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Obama administration green jobs advisor, The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Debt Ceiling Talks Touch 'Third Rail': Social Security

Friday, July 08, 2011

There could be savings or revenues raised by cutting Social Security benefits, but if on the other side you don't see tax cuts eliminated for the wealthy, it'll be viewed as cutting benefits for Social Security recipients to maintain tax cuts for the wealthy.

Carrie Budoff Brown, Staff Writer for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Meet the IMF's New Leader: Dominique Lagarde

Thursday, July 07, 2011

She understands that Europe is the number one job for her to deal with right now, but she’s not going to get the support of the organization to deal with Europe unless she shows that she cares about the agenda of the rest of the world as well.

— Economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek Peter Coy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tax Caps and Sippy Cups: Leftovers From the Albany State Legislature

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

[Redistricting reform] has to be passed by another session of the legislature, then go to a public referendum. It's essentially pushing it off until the next Census, giving Senate Republicans a chance to go through the next election cycle and draw the lines for this one.

Glenn Blain, Albany bureau reporter for the New York Daily News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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New York’s Frank Rich on Where Obama Went Wrong with Wall Street

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tea Partiers—and to some extent conventional Republicans—exploited this anger by turning the health care plan into another symbol of the big guy screwing you. If Obama had addressed this anger and been more proactive, he might not have been hoisted on petard of health care.

New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Debt Ceiling - A Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The inability of the Republicans--and we might as well not mince words--they are the ones impeding a settlement, the ability of them to do the financially, fiscally responsible thing, is almost breathtaking at this point.

Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg columnist, MSNBC analyst and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Kissinger On China

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I basically believe that societies grow and become great not by their conflicts but by their reconciliations. And I'm hoping that at some point the leadership of both parties will agree not just on what concessions they need to make but what picture of America they want to support.

Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bright Future for Fracking in New York State?

Friday, July 01, 2011

They'll need more inspectors, more cops on the ground to make sure drilling companies are complying with permit conditions and whatever regulations are put on the books. In our view, the industry has to pay for that; through permit fees and taxes, it needs to support the level of oversight that will protect New York's water resources.

David Gahl, policy director of Environmental Advocates of New York, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Christie's Cuts: How NJ Budget Affects State, Fall Elections

Friday, July 01, 2011

This was a pretty smart one; he hasn't disrupted things too much. Even the school cuts, probably the biggest ones of the budget, were already struck for the fall, and their tax bills are already going out. It's not like this was money that's going to lead to yet more layoffs in the schools.

John Mooney, education writer and co-founder of, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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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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Invoking States' Rights

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Federalism arguments are often opportunistic. It really depends, often, on what the issue is.

— Constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Sanford Levinson, 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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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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