NY Budget 2013; "Common Good;" Cicadas!

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Monday, April 01, 2013

For the third year, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature passed a budget under deadline. Casey Seiler of the Albany Times-Union talks about the winners and losers in the 2013 budget, and who spent the most money lobbying in Albany last year. Plus: Jackie Calmes of the New York Times on the latest push for gun control and immigration reform; Christian activist Jim Wallis explains why the concept of "common good" should matter in politics today; and a new WNYC community project aims to predict the arrival of this year's cicadas.

Monday Morning Politics: Guns and Immigration

A "gang of eight" senators says it is close to a blueprint for immigration reform. Jackie Calmes, New York Times White House correspondent, discusses the latest on immigration, President Obama's renewed push for gun legislation, and all the latest news from Washington.

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NY State Budget Winners and Losers

The New York state budget passed just before the April 1st deadline. Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief and columnist for the Albany Times-Union, explains the winners and losers in this year's budget, and who spent the most money lobbying last year.

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The Cicadas Are Coming!

The last time Cicadas appeared in NYC, the Brian Lehrer Show was called "On the Line," there was no such thing as an "embedabble map," and WNYC's Data News team didn't exist. Luckily that's all changed. John Keefe of WNYC Data News discusses their latest project: Cicada Tracker. WNYC is asking citizen scientists around the region to build a detector that reports back soil temperatures. When we begin to see consistent readings of 64° we'll know the cicadas or on their way!

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Finding Common Ground for the Common Good

Recent debates over gun control, the budget and gay rights have shown us that our nation cannot seem to agree on anything these days. Jim Wallis, progressive Christian activist, president and CEO of Sojourners, and author of  On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, says it's time to focus on the old concept, "the common good" as the only way out of our politically polarized gridlock.


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A New Amendment: The Right to Bear Drones

A new proposal before Congress would create a constitutional amendment - modeled on the 2nd amendment - securing the right of citizens to own Personalized Weaponized Drones (PWD's). Do you think this is a good proposal? Is "the only solution to a bad guy with a drone a good guy with a drone"? Call in with your reaction 212-433-9692, or post your comments below!

(Update: Yes, it's April 1st.)

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