NYS Senator Savino; Problems on Rikers; Faith in Palestine; An Internal Review of Bridgegate

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Since Russia annexed Crimea, relations with the U.S. are...strained. Angela Stent, Georgetown professor and fellow at the Brookings Institution, looks at the U.S.-Russia relationship as it stands now. Plus: New York State Senator Diane Savino talks about the state's budget negotiations and her support for legalized medical marijuana; reports of prisoner abuse and a high proportion of mentally ill inmates at the jail on Rikers Island; a Lutheran pastor on his work to establish a Palestinian community in Bethlehem; and reactions to a just-released internal review of the Bridgegate scandal that was conducted by Governor Christie's lawyers. 

US-Russia, Where Do We Go Now?

At the G7, President Obama acknowledged that "Russia's actions are a problem. [But] they don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States." Angela Stent, Georgetown professor, fellow at Brookings and author of The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, January 2014) discusses the latest from Crimea, what we don't understand about Putin, and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

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Albany Crunch Week: Diane Savino

Diane Savino, New York State Senator (IDC - Staten Island), talks about budget negotiations and her support for legalized medical marijuana.

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In Danger on Rikers Island

New York Times reporter Michael Schwirtz sheds light on the problems at the City jail complex on Rikers Island, including prisoner abuse and the problems corrections officers face in dealing with a smaller population, but one with a higher component of the mentally ill.

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Faith in Palestine

Mitri Raheb, president of Dar al-Kalima University College, senior pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and author of Faith in the Face of the Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes (Orbis Books, 2014) talks about his work in Bethlehem to establish a Palestinian community.


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What's In the Bridgegate Self-Review?

→ UPDATE: Read the full report and WNYC's initial findings of the Mastro report here.

Today at 10:30am, reporters were shown the 300p Bridgegate investigation put together by Randy Mastro, the lawyer appointed by Chris Christie to look into the traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge that was created as political payback. We offer live coverage of the press conference and quick reaction to the findings of the report from Nancy Solomon and the rest of the New Jersey Public Radio reporting team.

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