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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

As Libyan rebel forces advanced on Tripoli over the past few weeks, their political leaders met with Western and other diplomats to lay the foundation for a new government. Political theorist Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos and a former member of the International Board of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, talks about the prospects for democracy in Libya. Plus: New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance; and Gene Russianoff, staff attorney at NYPIRG’s Straphangers campaign, details their annual State of the Subways report.

Congressman Leonard Lance: What's Next for Washington

New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) discusses what he's been hearing from his constituents while Congress is in recess and what he expects to happen in Washington in September when Congress reconvenes.

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Earthquake 101

Yesterday's earthquake didn't lead to any destruction, however there are still many questions New Yorkers have about possible future occurrences.James Gaherty, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory and Lance Jay Brown, architect, co- chairs Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee at AIA New York chapter, professor at City University School for Architecture, answers questions about NYC's building codes. What do you still want to know about earthquakes?

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The NYPD as Domestic Intelligence Agency

Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press Investigative Reporter, discusses his story for the AP on the NYPD's surveillance work carried out with CIA assistance, at times blurring the line between. 

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Democracy in Libya?

Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former member of the International Board of the Saif Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation - until he resigned in protest at start of the uprising - discusses the prospects for democracy in a potential post- Qaddafi Libya.

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De Facto DREAM Act

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the Obama administration's announcement that it would stop deporting young immigrants brought here as children.

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2011 Subway Report Card

Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign, announces their annual State of the Subways report.  How would you assess your subway line? Post your subway grades here!

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