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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The ACLU of NJ is petitioning the federal government to investigate the Newark Police Department.  The group’s executive director, Deborah Jacobs, explains why. Plus: a discussion about some disappointed young Obama supporters and their fight to stay engaged in politics; ABC’s Jake Tapper on what the House Democrats are thinking about the Bush tax cuts; Laura Kipnis on American scandals; and another installment in our series on higher education.

Cutting the Tax Cuts

Jake Tapper, senior White House correspondent for ABC News, discusses what the House Democrats are thinking about the Bush Tax Cuts.

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Outdoor Smoking Ban

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and members of the City Council want to extend smoking restructions even further by banning some outdoor smoking as well. A bill to be introduced in the council tomorrow would prohibit smoking in all 1,700 city parks, 14 miles of city beaches, public marinas and even pedestrian plazas, like the one in Times Square. Kate Lucadamo of the Daily News discusses the proposal.

Smokers and non-smokers alike: What do you think of the proposal?

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The Freshman Class: Historically Black Colleges and Women's Colleges

In our third installment of a new series about becoming a college student today, Tamar Lewin, who covers higher education for The New York Times, discusses the role of historically black colleges and women's colleges.

Did you or do you go to a historically black college or a women's college? Tell us what you think the value of these institutions is today.

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Whither The Activist Generation?

Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen, discusses his recent Huffington Post article about the Obama generation and their struggle to stay engaged — despite their disappointments.

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Monitor for the Newark Police?

Deborah Jacobs, ACLU-NJ executive director, talks about the petition she filed asking for federal oversight of the Newark police department. Mayor of Newark Cory Booker and the department's Police Director Garry McCarthy respond to the allegations. 

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How to Be Scandalous

Laura Kipnis, professor at Northwestern University and the author of Against Love and How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior, gives us the hows and whys of American scandals in her new book.

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