The Cost of Compromise

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Congressman Michael Grimm came to power on a wave of Tea Party frustration with government spending. He weighs in on the current compromise to extend the Bush tax cuts in exchange for an increase in stimulus spending. Plus: a defense of WikiLeaks; a lawsuit to block the appointment of Cathie Black; a check in on year-end giving; and a look at Chinatown’s bid for the designation of “business improvement district.”

Congressman-Elect Grimm on Tax Compromise

Read a recap of this conversation at It's A Free Country.

Michael Grimm, newly elected congressman from NY-13, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, talks about the new compromise between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans on the Bush tax cuts.

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Suing to Stop Cathie Black

Read a recap of this conversation at It's A Free Country.

Eric J. Snyder, attorney and NYC public school parent, talks about his lawsuit to block the appointment of Cathie Black.

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Shop for Charity

Raymund Flandez, staff reporter for the the Chronicle of Philanthropy, gives an update on year-end giving and explains the trend of cause marketing, a practice in which non-profit charities cooperate with for-profit businesses.

Are you planning on shopping for charity--or are you organizing a shop-for-a-cause event? Tell us what, where, when...

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In Defense of WikiLeaks

Read a recap of this interview on It's A Free Country.

Glenn columnist, former constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York and the author of Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, discusses why critics of WikiLeaks are wrong.

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A BID for Chinatown?

Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership Development Corporation, and Jan Lee, third-generation Chinatown property owner and one of the members of the Coalition Against the Chinatown BID, consider whether or not a business improvement district designation is a good idea for Chinatown. Also, Erik Engquist, a reporter who covers New York City politics and government for Crain's New York Business, weighs the pros and cons of BID designations for New York City neighborhoods.

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Rut or Recovery: Safe Space

The Rut or Recovery project is gathering your stories of economic troubles and signs of progress. Many economic questions are difficult to discuss out loud with friends and family, so we're creating a "safe space" of sorts. Call in and discuss some of the unspoken economic concerns you have and share tips, stories, and advice with fellow listeners.

How do you balance shopping local with shopping cheap?
What's the policy for tipping during a holiday recession? Have your end-of-year giving habits changed?
Are you not suffering as much as others? Do you feel guilty, or as if the recession isn't actually affecting you?
What's the line between watching your money and being stingy?

What other conversations or questions do you not talk about in public, but want help with? Adam Davidson of NPR's Planet Money helps field your calls, and joins for an online "safe space" chat at noon.

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Brian Lehrer's Web Video Picks: 12/8/2010

Brian Lehrer's video picks for the week of 12/8/2010

Be sure to tune in to Brian on CUNY TV each Wednesday at 7:30pm

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