Joe Lhota; Syrian Chemical Warfare; Pre-K Education; Dual Citizenship

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Former MTA chairman and Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota discusses his campaign and takes your calls about the race. Plus: Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post explains what the latest claims of chemical attacks on Syrian activists means for U.S. policy; how dual citizenship works in the U.S., and why someone (like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz) might renounce their ties to a country; and the future of universal pre-K education in NYC.

Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Karen DeYoung, senior National Security correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, discusses the latest claims of a deadly chemical attack on activists in Syria, and whether or not it constitutes a "red line" that could force action on the part of the U.S.

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Universal Pre-K's Campaign Moment

Funding universal pre-K is a popular proposal among the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Mayor. Geoffrey Decker, staff reporter at, talks about what's preventing its implementation now and how the candidates plan to fund it.


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Meet the Candidates: Call Candidate Lhota

Joseph Lhota, former deputy mayor, MTA chairman and candidate for the 2013 Republican mayoral nomination, discusses his bid for mayor and takes listener calls as we continue our interviews with the candidates.

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Transgender Identity and the Military

Chelsea Manning (born Bradley Manning), the U.S. Army Private who was convicted of leaking classified government documents, said in a statement yesterday that she wants to live the rest of her life as a female and hopes to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. Michael Silverman, Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, joins us to talk about the challenges Manning will face as a transgender military inmate and how Manning's gender identity factored into her legal defense. 

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Dual Citizenship in America

Texas Senator Ted Cruz's plans to renounce his Canadian citizenship have raised questions about dual citizenship in America. Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute office at NYU School of Law, explains how dual citizenship works in America, and why renunciation is a growing trend.


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