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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

President Obama makes a statement alongside Vice President Biden. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

New York Times columnist David Brooks talks about the latest news from the Beltway, and his picks for best essays of 2012. Plus: what the longshoremen’s strike threat means in the context of recent labor disputes; environmental activist William Hewitt on optimism on the climate change front; and Joe Nocera of The New York Times reflects on business and economic news as we kick off 2013.

David Brooks: Hello 2013

David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times and editor of The Best American Essays 2012, discusses the latest news from Washington, including a late-night fiscal cliff deal. Plus: his annual Sidney Award list of the year's best essays, and his new course, titled "Humility," at Yale University.

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Sandy Relief: Congressmen Nadler and Grimm React

Late last night, Speaker John Boehner announced that the House would not vote on a Sandy aid package, after the Senate passed a $60 billion package. Staten Island's Michael Grimm and Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative for New York's 8th congressional district, react to the decision.

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Dock Workers and Labor

Sue Schurman, dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, explains the latest on the longshoremen contract negotiations and the year in labor issues in both the public and private sectors.

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Joe Nocera on 2013's Story Lines

Joe Nocera, op-ed columnist at The New York Times, recaps the big stories from 2012 and looks forward to what 2013 holds, from the fiscal cliff deal's impact on the overall economy, to the growing gun debate.

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Good News on Climate Change

William Hewitt, environmental activist and the author of A Newer World: Politics, Money, Technology, and What's Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis, looks for reasons to be optimistic about climate change fixes.

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Open Phones: The Biggest International News

Immigrants from anywhere, call us up and tell us the biggest news stories of 2012 from your country of origin and what big news you're looking out for in 2013. Call 212-433-9692 or post your stories here!

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