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Feedback- Draft

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Our military is in need of manpower and the most
effective way to solve the problem is to require a draft. The fact
the the war was a mistake is an issue but we do need to solve the
manpower shortage. TJ

Perhaps we should have referendums ...

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30 Issues: Judicial Appointees

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Many of John Kerry’s ardent supporters use one point in their bid to sell their candidate to the undecided: the Supreme Court. Both candidates point out that the next President is likely to preside over at least one retirement on the country’s most influential bench. Conservatives caution against any form of “judicial activism” on the courts, but liberals feel Bush appointees would roll back judicial progress like Roe v Wade. And reform of the judicial nomination process is coming up as an issue. How would a Bush administration fare without filibusters? Would a Republican Senate majority make this irrelevant for Kerry? For answers, listen to this episode.

In the meantime, click through for what the candidates said at the recent debates:

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Feedback: Judicial

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

You asked one of your guests to give an example of "activism" from the bench from conservative judges. I submit to you that the Supreme Court handing the presidency to George W. Bush in 2001 is the supreme example of judicial activism from conservatives and irrevocably tainted the top judiciary in this country.
-MS

In a mature democracy, abortion just like most issues including the death penalty for example, is resolved through representative government i.e. laws and not by the interpretation of a 200 year old document…… this is insulting to the citizen male or female alike…..
-SS

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30 issues: Race, Ethnicity, Equality

Monday, October 18, 2004

Housing, jobs, the war in Iraq. Minority voters care about the same issues as everyone else--and then some. While Bush is appealing en Español to Latino voters, Senator Kerry is counting on black voters to give him the winning margin.

Today three eminent thinkers on matters of concern to minority ...

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feedback: race, ethnicity, equality

Monday, October 18, 2004

Whether affirmative action is a "dead issue" among people of color is not the issue. Disennfranchisement, lack of empowerment, are issues that resonate among people of color which indeed are important to all Americans.

Removal of various self help programs from head start to legal aid are all being chiseled away incrementally by Bush.

While two of your radio participants may feel that issues of "blackness" are no longer important, the Republicans tried to pay friends of mine to sit in the Republican Convention to show there were indeed black faces.
-JA

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30 Issues: Taxes

Thursday, October 14, 2004

George Bush’s website states that in “three years,” he’s achieved “three tax cuts.” That has become the cornerstone of his administration’s economic achievements. On the stump he promotes his hopes for his next term: the simplification of the tax code and having them become permanent. Will he be able ...

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Feedback: Taxes

Thursday, October 14, 2004

I am a small businessman--a midtown store-owner--who, post-9/11, has made too little money to worry about taxes. I worry about whether NYC will ever get all the $20 Billion pledged for reconstruction if there's a second term for Bush. I need an employee but am waiting to see what happens ...

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30 issues: the ballot

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act. Among other things, the law authorized $3.9 billion to the states to improve voting facilities and train workers, and provisional ballots for all would-be voter who poll workers do not believe to have shown proper ID.

Interestingly, New York's two ...

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Feedback: The Ballot

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Isn't the right to vote a direct result of being a citizen?
Shouldn't those who have at least served their time be allowed to
excercise this right? And secondly, is it actually Constitutional to
have varying state laws that prohibit felons from voting? After all
isn't ...

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Battle of the Bulge

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Was he wearing a wire? Dave Lindorff of Salon.com thinks so and he'll explain on this evening's pre-debate special.


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30 Issues: Free Trade and Outsourcing

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Distinctions over trade policy have been muted between the two presidential candidates, but outsourcing has loomed as an issue in this campaign. The Democrats seemed more to the left on the issue when they spoke poorly of free trade in the primary debates. And since the chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors argued in favor of outsourcing earlier this year, the Republicanshas strayed from the topic. This installment of the series looks at the merits of outsourcing and free trade and how each candidate will treat it should they be elected.

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Healthcare Summaries

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The Wall Street Journal broke down the ideas behind the Bush health care plan, highlighting the idea of ownership of one's health. To read the article please click here.

The LA Times also attempted to breakdown this very tough subject, and that can be read here.

Note both ...

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30 Issues: Housing

Monday, October 11, 2004

President Bush’s plan for housing is primarily governed by his “ownership society” philosophy, spelled out in last month's convention speech. Meanwhile, the Kerry plan emphasizes affordable rent. But how will either candidate implement their goals? This episode of the 30 Issues series examines the Bush and Kerry policies in housing and the fate of the section 8 program.

Read on for the Democrat’s and Republican’s view and tune in to hear former HUD secretary Andrew Cuomo discuss the Kerry plan while the Manhattan Insitute’s Howard Husock lays out the Bush plan.

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30 Issues: New Jersey

Monday, October 11, 2004

For years New Jersey has been considered a solid blue state, the state legislature is Democratic, the Governor is a Democrat and the two Senators are Democrats. But a funny thing happened a few months ago- George Bush was polling rather competitively in the Garden State. The Republicans feel ...

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Feedback- New Jersey

Monday, October 11, 2004

The most telling difference in the Pres candidates was drawn out by you: we have a President who passes a prescription drug benefit which is no real benefit at all except to Pharms who don't have do negotiate with the real payor (the government representing the taxpayer) but instead get ...

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30 issues: science

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Science is a campaign issue in 2004 in a way it hasn't been in years. Recently a group of scientists who are irate over Bush administration policy on stem cell research, climate change, and r & d funding, have banded together to form a 527 supporting the Kerry campaign,

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feedback: science

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Isn't there a difference between budgeting for R&D and budgeting for
other scientific research? What about fields of science where there
isn't product development going on?

-JLE

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30 ISSUES: HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Today's topic is "humanitarian intervention." When is it acceptable to take up arms to save lives? Does the war in Iraq qualify? What should the U.S. do in Darfur?

Our guests today are Nancy Soderberg who served as a foreign policy official in the Clinton administration and Vance Serchuk ...

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30 ISSUES: PRE-EMPTIVE WAR

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

When is it acceptable to invade another country to prevent an attack on your own? What level of threat is required to act? What kind of proof is needed for the action to achieve legitimacy?

Joining us to discuss this issue are David Phillips, Kerry advisor on foreign policy and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Richard Perle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise who served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and as chairman of the Defense Policy Board under President George Bush.

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FEEDBACK: PREEMPTIVE WAR

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Iraq is better off only if Iraq achieves democracy, which has not happened. Looking at America's history at occupying countries, one would find far more incidents of the US backing dictators, such as Hussein, than converting them to democracies. Preemption should not be looked at without looking back to our ...

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