Taking a Vote

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Friday, December 04, 2009

State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. voted no on the gay marriage bill in Albany. The Queens Democrat explains his vote. And Paul Starr, former senior advisor to President Clinton, talks about the ongoing health care reform debate in the Senate. Plus, where your cell phone fits into the conflict in the Congo; former NJ attorney general John Farmer has a new book on 9/11; and a decade of video games.


John Farmer, Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Paul Starr

Addabbo's "No" Vote on Marriage Equality

Eight democrats joined all 30 Republican New York State senators in defeating the same-sex marriage bill 24-38. Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens), explains why he voted no.

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Same Sex Marriage Bill Dies in Senate

Less than twelve hours after the New York State Assembly passed the marriage equality bill for the third time since 2007, the Senate killed it. Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for the Daily News, reflects on the vote and budget negotiations in Albany.

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Paul Starr on Health Care 2009

Former senior advisor for President Clinton's proposed health care reform plan, co-founder of The American Prospect, and current professor of Sociology at Princeton Paul Starr discusses this year's health care reform efforts.

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The Truth About 9/11

Senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and dean of Rutgers School of Law-Newark John Farmer says the American people were misled about the events of 9/11 in his new book, The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11.

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Conflict Minerals and the Congo

The minerals in your cell phone have something to do with the violence in the Congo. David Sullivan, research associate with the Enough Project, explains the connection and how legislation moving through Congress aims to stop the trade in conflict minerals.

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Gaming the Decade

Our look back at the 2000s continues with a review of how video games exploded onto the marketplace, and how they reflect our collective interests, fears, and values. Mike Snidercovers gaming and technology and writes the Game Hunters blog for USA Today.

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