Pulling the Strings

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Friday, July 20, 2012

We react to the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Plus, the Obama campaign has been vetting quotes to the press and controlling the attacks on Governor Romney’s history at Bain. Mark Halperin of Time explains what’s behind the message management. Plus: what experts want to know after a shooting. Then, New York Times op-ed columnist and WNYC contributor Joe Nocera talks about what he thinks the NCAA should do in response to the Penn State scandal report. Then, how offshore tax havens actually operate; the trouble with the phrase “having it all”; and unemployment is up in New York City. 

The Obama Message Machine

Mark Halperin, senior political analyst at Time, man behind The Page, and co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, discusses how the Obama re-election campaign is controlling its message, from vetting quotes in articles to the "drip-drip-drip" Bain attacks.

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New York's Up-and-Down Employment Numbers

New York's unemployment rate went up last month, despite more jobs being added. Anjali Athavaley, New York economics reporter for The Wall Street Journal, looks at the theories behind the seemingly contradictory reports.

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Open Phones: "Having it All"

There's been lots of discussion lately about how women are balancing their family and professional lives. How useful is the phrase "having it all" in this discussion? Is there a better phrase out there? Let us know!

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Joe Nocera: Penn State Football "Death Penalty"

New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera talks about what the NCAA could and should do to address the problems outlined in the Freeh report about the Sandusky scandal.

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Offshore and Tax Haven Explainer

David Cay Johnston, tax columnist for Reuters, explains how offshore tax havens actually work, who has access to them, and the gray areas of the law.

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Colorado Shooting Reaction

At least 12 people were killed and 50 injured when a masked gunman opened fire on moviegoers at a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie outside of Denver, Colorado. We take calls with your reaction, and talk to Dr. Michael Stone, forensic psychiatrist and professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, about what he's looking for as the story develops.

→ Note: President Obama expected to address the shootings this morning. We will bring you those statements.

Aurora Shooting Resources: WNYC Coverage | Reaction on FB | Live Video from KUSA | Map of Shooting Area | Live NYT Updates | Google RealtimeReddit Crowdsourced Timeline

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