Rep. Garrett on the Shutdown; Israel and Iran; Save Halloween

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

DC Shutdown (DJHEAVYD)

Congressman Scott Garrett, Republican of New Jersey, explains his position on the government shutdown and how the Affordable Care Act should be tied to negotiations in Washington. Then, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy examines the legal landscape of affirmative action; Ken Thompson talks about how he would re-shape the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office if elected; and Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon talks about Middle East politics, including relations with Iran. Plus: how to save New York’s Village Halloween Parade.

Shutdown: Day 3

A late-night meeting between President Obama and Speaker Boehner last night failed to result in progress towards ending the government shutdown. Congressman Scott Garrett, (R-NJ 5th) discusses why his party is holding fast on including Obamacare in a budget deal, and whether there's any room for negotiation. Then TIME's Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer discusses the latest news out of DC, and the deepening effects of the shutdown.

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30 Issues: Brooklyn DA Nominee Ken Thompson on Prosecuting Crime

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

What's the role of a DA in a changing New York City? Ken Thompson, Democratic nominee (and presumptive winner) for Brooklyn District Attorney, discusses his vision for the office and the challenges for prosecuting criminals that the next mayor, NYPD commissioner, and justice system will face.

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Israel: No Handshake

Danny Danon, Israeli deputy defense minister (Likud) and the author of Israel: The Will to Prevail (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) talks about Israeli politics and developments in the Middle East, including the conflict in Syria and Iranian President Rouhani's offers of negotiation over nuclear weapons.

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Open Phones: Young Invincibles and the Obamacare 'Death Spiral'

One of the keys to making the Affordable Care Act sustainable is convincing young, healthy people to sign up for coverage. If not enough do, then the system could go into a "death spiral" where costs outpace payments. Are you one of these "Young Invincibles" -- no longer on your parent's health insurance, but maybe willing to go without coverage because you're still healthy? Whether you're leaning towards signing up or thinking about paying the penalty, tell us your story -- call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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For Discrimination

Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy, author of For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law, argues in favor of affirmative action, both personally and academically.  

→EVENT:  Prof. Kennedy will be speaking tonight at 6:30 at a ticketed event at New York Historical Society.

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Saving the Village Halloween Parade

The post-Sandy blackout caused the cancellation of last year's Village Halloween parade and the organizers are still trying to recover from financial losses. Jeanne Fleming, artistic and producing director of the parade, talks about their Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make sure the tradition continues. Have you ever marched in the parade?  Tell us about your costume or puppet. Call 212-433-9692 or post your story here.


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