111 Lame Ducks

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Friday, November 05, 2010

The start of the 111th Congress in January of 2009 The start of the 111th Congress in January of 2009 (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Before they turn the reins over to the 112th Congress, the 111th has some big decisions to make. New York Times columnist David Leonhardt outlines several options for how Congress can resolve a looming issue: the soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts. Plus: what this election means for the future of transportation planning; the Iowa judges who were voted out after ruling in favor of gay marriage; previewing the changes coming to some health insurance plans; counting votes in Connecticut; and your NYC Marathon running (and watching) plans.

Ousting Controversial Judges

Richard Hasen, law professor at Loyola Law School and author of the "Election Law Blog", discusses the ousting of three controversial judges who ruled in favor of gay marriage in Iowa and what it signals to other judges nationwide.

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Transportation Moving Forward

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08) discusses what this election might mean for the future of transportation legislation.

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Counting Votes in Connecticut

Bridgeport's mayor has announced that Democrat Dan Malloy won his city and in turn is the overall winner in Connecticut's gubernatorial election. But Republican Tom Foley has refused to concede.  Colin McEnroe, host of the The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR and political columnist for the Hartford Courant, talks about the race and the latest news on the vote count.


Congress and the Bush-Era Tax Cuts

David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for The New York Timeslays out some options for how the lame-duck session of Congress can deal with the expiring Bush-era tax cuts.

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Health Insurance Changes on the Horizon

As of January 1st, flexible spending health care accounts will no longer reimburse certain over-the-counter medications -- including sleep aids, aspirin and allergy remedies -- unless they're prescribed by a doctor.  Nancy Metcalf, senior program editor and online columnist at Consumer Reports, talks about this and other impending changes.

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Marathon Preparations

The NYC Marathon is this Sunday, and we take calls from listeners who are watching or running. Plus, Lauren Johnston, who writes the Running Dialog blog for the Daily News, helps helps plan the first ever Brian Lehrer Show Marathon Meet-Up.

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Brian Lehrer Show Marathon Meetup

[Thanks to resident running experts Alex Villari and Sarah Gilligan for helping to think this through.]

We are now gathering your Marathon Meet-Up stories. Did you see any of our runners along the course? Run into any fellow WNYC listeners? Or even if you just have a good story about your marathon experience, post it below! 

We have our runner database up and running! We'll do our best to update again before race time, keep tuned to facebook and twitter for the latest. Don't forget, take a listen to our very own Rex Doane demonstrating how you can cheer on fellow Brian Lehrer Show fans during the race, using the special phrase "It's A Free Country"

Are you running the marathon and wish there was someone to cheer you on? Are you watching the marathon and wish you had someone to cheer for? We're going to link up Brian Lehrer show runners and fans for this Sunday's marathon.

Runners: Check out the map below - this shows you where to keep your ears open for fellow WNYC fans who will be cheering you on.

Watchers: Check out the database below, print it out and bring it with you to your viewing spot. Want to take it the next level and track one of our runners online or through your iphone app? Information at the NYRR home page

We'll be tweeting updates and posting to facebook whenever we have more information on this site.

And don't forget, whether you are running or watching, snap pictures of any fateful encounters you may have!


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