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Monday, June 27, 2005

Have you been wondering about those spots that went into rotation today, you know the ones where Brian admonishes you to 'be nice to the guest hosts' and introduces something called 'Democracy Wonk'? Allow us to explain:

Be nice to the guest hosts: no joke. Brian is out all this ...

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Scotus Madness

Friday, June 24, 2005

It's Friday afternoon, and we are afflicted with a bad case of Supreme Court fever! The rumor is that a whole host of important rulings (intellectual property, the ten commandments, cable TV) will come down Monday morning...and possibly the announcement of a resignation.

Bill Kristol says O'Connor, not Rehnquist, may be the one giving notice.

The Washington Times reports today on the headhunting committee (which includes one possible headhunt-ee, Alberto Gonzalez). Slate looks at the likely nominees.

Check out SCOTUSblog's visual breakdown of who voted how in cases this week.

Medill School of journalism has a great summary of this season's cases.

Feedback on yesterday's Kelo decision, which made it easier for governments to take away private property through eminent domain.

Kelo interpreted the U.S. Constitution's 5th Amendment. This decision does not affect the New York State's Constitutional restrictions on the exercising of the power of eminent domain. There would have to be a change, not only in State statute but probably also in the New York State Constitution to allow purely "economic condemnation" in New York, like that which occurred in New London.
-WB

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Photo Album: evangelicals in the house

Thursday, June 23, 2005


Reverend Robert Johansson


Pastor Gregg Farah

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BL in the NYT

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Public Broadcasters' Tightrope Over Funds...all publicity is good publicity, right? Who said that, again?

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Photo File: Sheryl Garrett

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


The financial planner for the young, old, gay, straight, and definitely unmarried

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Feedback: Downing Street Memo

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Subject: Bush's intentions
I'm sorry, I have as much distaste for Bush and his policies and actions as most of your left-leaning listeners, but since when is it an impeachable offense to "have in mind" to want to defeat an evil dictator, or even just anyone. Fraudulent documents or statements are certainly bad things, but come on, it is not illegal to have an agenda!
-JT

Subject: bloggers
i think it is a mistake to include bloggers -- left or right -- in a discussion as sensitive as that attending the downing street memos.

unlike the london times reporter, bloggers answer to no editors but themselves and are free to "report" unchallenged whatever pleases them.
-FB

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Naoko on CPB

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

A different take on state funding for public broadcasting from a friend in Japan (bolding our own):

The right wing in America does not like public broadcasting because they think you are too liberal?

That's interesting! Because it's opposite to Japanese situation! In Japan, I believe the public broadcarting - NHK - is considered rather conservative and other commercial TV stations are considered generally liberal.

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How Does Your Park Rate?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Check out this pdf from New Yorkers for Parks.

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Downing Street Debate Preview

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Our latest reading project is almost at hand. The best-laid plans have produced this exciting lineup for Wednesday morning:

Michael Smith the (London) Times muckraker who procured and publicized the docs.

Atrios (AKA Duncan Black) says the memos reopen "all the key questions about the deceit and ...

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CPB funding cuts: listeners respond

Monday, June 20, 2005

A perhaps-surprising amount of pro-funding cuts (or at least anti-sense-of-entitlement) calls and emails today, in response to a plan in congress to slash money for the CPB.

Some samples:

I happen to love NPR, I am a fairly new listener (since late 2004) It's what I've been searching for on the radio and never knew it was there. But funding from the government makes me not so trusting of what's being said. When republicans are buying newscasters that makes me think twice about any and everything the government is involved in.
-DL

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Photo File: Laura Walker

Monday, June 20, 2005


Laura makes the case for federal funding of public TV and radio

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Photo Album: Andrew Meldrum and Bill De Blasio

Friday, June 17, 2005


Andrew Meldrum loves the mic


Bill de Blasio keeps it real

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Brace Yourself!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Monday morning we finally tackle the ruckus emanating from Capitol Hill and the CPB. Undoubtedly, many of you have received email forwards about this, or heard WNYC President Laura Walker's radio spots about it.

The short short version is this: a House committee has passed a spending bill that ...

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Photo album: Hitchens, Liz Gaines and Liz Garbus

Thursday, June 16, 2005


Christopher Hitchens lays off the cigs in the nonsmoking confines of our studio


Liz Garbus (l) and Liz Gaines (r) share the plight of the children of the incarcerated

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Feedback: The Downing Street Memo, Foie Gras

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Did Brian pique your curiosity with his reference to Emma Bloomberg's wedding last weekend (foie gras was the connection, it was apparently served at the ceremony)? Veiled Conceit and The Politicker have some interesting speculation about the mayor's daughter's nuptials.

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Both "Downing Street Memos" only ...

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Senator Clinton and the Post

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Has anyone else noticed that the Post has been publishing fewer unflattering, deer-caught-at-a-political fundraiser photos of New York's junior senator lately? Has even defended the virtue of the first lady whose husband Poststers used to enjoy tarring? The Observer's Ben Smith has some fascinating theories about ...

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Feedback: Flags, Flags, more flags, flag day

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Yesterday was Flag Day. Did you notice? Neither did we--until this morning. Here are some of your resonses to the question "why is every day Flag Day in some parts of America?"

How about "Welcome Home Troops"? "Support Our Troops" sounds like an admonishment? Who is the audience?
-NS

Regarding the flags on car dealers car lots, i think it is somewhat similar to what we used to have in india: There, the "dirtier" the politician, the whiter the clothes that they would wear. I think that the dealers who have bigger flags are the ones who I would trust less to give me a fair deal (tho' car dealers and fair deals usually never go hand-in-hand).
-VP

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What Do The Documents Say?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Two British government documents raise questions, and shed some light on planning for the Iraq war and its aftermath. We'll be talking about the documents in the weeks to come, so if you want to come to the discussion armed (with facts and opinions) check out the articles below (the ...

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Feinberg Says No More

Monday, June 13, 2005

Just one day before his WNYC interview, 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund master Kenneth Feinberg published a must-read opinion piece in the Star-Ledger, arguing, among other things, that:

>the victims of future terror attacks probably should not be compensated by the federal government

>if compensation is given after future terror attacks, it should be a flat rate for every victim, not calibrated to projected future earnings

>9/11 was a truly exceptional circumstance, different even from the 1998 Africa bombings and the Oklahoma City bombing, and the government's response should not serve as a precedent

Your thoughts:

As a person who filed a claim for my brother who lost his wife, I found the program very disturbing. It was run well, but it paid my brother, a banker, a lot of money that he did not need. There are a lot of people and businesses that actually do need help.
-Anonymous in Queens

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