Susan Page Brings Brian Up to Speed

Monday, August 09, 2010

Back from a two-week vacation, Brian checks in with USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on what he missed while he was away, both nationally and locally.

What do you think were the important stories Brian missed? Big or small, we've been collecting your stories on our blog, and you can post them below!


Susan Page

Comments [18]

Carol Castellano from Madison, NJ

My friend who had a very high income was downsized and has been without a job for over a year. The idea of going on Medicaid is abhorrent to her. But because she has no income, she cannot purchase a plan on the exchange.

Mar. 26 2014 11:11 AM
Bob Riekert from Ossining, NY

Amanda Hess discussion.

Like telephone harassment calls of the past we could get the phone number of the harasser from the phone company.

We have to stop having anonymity of harassers by having twitter and other social media provide the harassers ID. That should be a federal law.

No one should be able to join an internet group without providing an ID that keeps them from being anonymous.

Jan. 14 2014 11:23 AM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

Stop The Presses!!! US Attorney for the Southern District, Preet Bharara, apparently understands what embezzlement is when pursuing low level employees of ACS and the Health Dept. [City employees found to be fraudulently collecting city money for non-existent children: ] Is there anyone who wants to wager that Mr. Bharara will be able to bring a similar proprietorial zeal to bear when it comes to the criminal class that has taken up residence in the city council? [ see, ; ]
Why aren’t the editors of the Times demanding action with regard to the city council president and her co-conspirators?
— g.e. Taylor

Aug. 10 2010 10:38 PM
g.e.Taylor from Bklyn., NY

Welcome back Mr. Lehrer:

WNYC, and the other MSM in the city, continue to ignore the inaction of the US District Attorney, Preet Bharara, concerning the embezzlement scheme of the city council ( masterminded by Christine Quinn) to swindle public funds for their own use as political pay offs of various family and supporters [ see, ; ) The investigation has been pending since Quinn admitted to the fraudulent conspiracy in 2008.

Aug. 09 2010 11:13 AM

When the state legislature passed the budget (finally) it included a provision to finally count state inmates in their home district and not the county where the prison is located, when counting the census. This is significant for several reasons: it may result in redistricting for those voting districts that will no longer have enough people to be a district and will have to join another district -- which would likely affect Republican districts; resources allocated according to census tallies may be recalculated (in all likelihood affecting the prison district more than the NYC district); and symbolically in that the shift makes clear that inmates cannot be counted as free individuals and manipulated while they are in custody.

I also want to disagree with the guest that Guilianni's daughter's arrest is insignificant. Guilianni's policing practices continue to have national impact and a core element of those policies is that individual circumstances does not excuse individual bad behavior. For him now to say "give us our privacy" and for the DA to back him up, shows his policies to be ill-conceived at best and racist and classist at worst.

Aug. 09 2010 10:48 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Welcome back, Brian! On the child nutrition bill, here's what the Center for Science in the Public Interest said about it: "Junk Foods Out, Good Foods In, as Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes in Senate." They call the changes in school foods "historic improvements" (

I didn't hear you list the record deadly floods in Pakistan...maybe you were already back by then.

Aug. 09 2010 10:34 AM

i'd like to hear more about chemical dispersants

Aug. 09 2010 10:28 AM

i like to listen to a show about chemical dispersants

Aug. 09 2010 10:26 AM

1. oil has "gone away" not quite true -- it's too small to see or accumulate... like those "compostable" chip bags -- nowhere in that compostable is the word "biodegradable."

2. child nutrition act is the main story here, hope bl show decides to do a well produced segment on this tomorrow.

Aug. 09 2010 10:24 AM
Brian from Manhattan

The Knicks did not get Lebron but they did hire back Isiah Thomas. Dios Mio!

Aug. 09 2010 10:24 AM
Bowery Boy from Bowery

Last week, everyone who says that they believe in a strict interpretation of the constitution has now decided they want to change parts of it.

Aug. 09 2010 10:23 AM
RLewis from the bowery

Massive floods in Pakastan, devistating mudslides in China, killer heat wave and forrest fires in Russia, giant ice island breaks off of Greenland, and more 100 degree days in Vegas than ever recorded... but yet, half the country doesn't believe in global warming.

Aug. 09 2010 10:21 AM
bill from nyc

what will wikileaks do to the repeal of "don't ask don't tell"?

Aug. 09 2010 10:19 AM
Pedro from Bronx, NY

Welcome back Brian: News you missed - a minority was busted shoplifting at Sephora and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And in other news, the privileged continue to get a break.


Aug. 09 2010 10:18 AM

Hi, Brian, welcome back! Please would you mention on the air that just because people vote for something, it doesn't make it legal. The vote should never have happened because Prop 8 was not constitutional, and it is not un-democratic to declare at such and overturn the vote.

Aug. 09 2010 10:18 AM
john from office

To call the criminals involved in the Sean Bell Case victims is a joke, Brian. They were known criminals who assaulted the police with a car.
I assure you we will hear about their arrests in the future.
Notice Al Shaprton lost interest on the issue, what happened to outrage Wednesdays.

Aug. 09 2010 10:16 AM

Rangel took a sweetheart deal on 4 rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan -- that's direct, personal, self-serving corruption!

Aug. 09 2010 10:15 AM

got used to the heat...

Aug. 09 2010 10:09 AM

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