NJ Mayors and Christie; Black Americans and Immigration; ER Report Card; DIY Religion

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says she was encouraged to approve a development project in her city to get Sandy relief money. WNYC’s Sarah Gonzalez  brings us up to speed on Zimmer’s allegation and more as Bridgegate continues to unfold. Then: New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait rounds up current national political news, including the effect of Bridgegate on Chris Christie’s political ambitions as well as the latest Obamacare news. Plus: engaging black Americans on immigration reform; a report card for emergency rooms and author Thomas W. Moore encourages people to craft their own religious practice, drawing from Greek mythology, Sufi Islam, Catholicism and Kabbalah. 

Why's the Hoboken Development Deal Such a Big Deal?

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the Christie administration made Sandy aid contingent upon approval of a development project. Hoboken residents called into the Brian Lehrer Show with their reactions to allegations that their rebuilding got caught in political crosshairs. 

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Jonathan Chait on Obama, Christie, the GOP and More

Jonathan Chait, daily columnist at New York Magazine, rounds up the current national political news, including Chris Christie's growing problems and the current state of Obamacare.


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Black Americans and Immigration

Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute, discusses tomorrow night's town hall forum to launch "The G Project" which seeks to engage black Americans on the issue of immigration reform. NYC's new First Lady Chirlane McCray is expected to participate at the forum and share her own family's immigration story.

What about you? The Black Institute estimates there are 60 million black Americans who themselves or whose parents or grandparents immigrated to the U.S.  Find out more and take the survey for "The G Project."

→EVENT: All Races All Faces Immigration Forum, January 22, 6:00 p.m., Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn (pdf)


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NY Gets 'C' on Emergency Room Report Card

It's not just about quality care -- emergency preparedness, layout, access and insurance issues all play into America's Emergency Care Report Card. And, New York's emergency rooms got a C. Find out why.

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DIY Religion

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World, encourages people to craft their own religious practice, as he did, drawing on the traditions of many cultures, including Greek mythology, Sufi Islam, Catholicism or Kabbalah.

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So Why Are Meter Rules Always "In Effect"? Some Answers.

It's a snow day mantra, uttered by newscasters, printed in the papers, and tweeted by the DOT. Alternate side parking is suspended, but the meters remain "in effect." But why? We investigate.

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