Passing Along the Costs, the Benefits and the Resources

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

People walk by a police car in downtown on May 13, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

When cops sue other cops in New Jersey, it ends up costing the taxpayer, of course. And this happens. A lot. Sally Herships, the reporter who investigated this story for New Jersey Public Radio, discusses why this happens so often. Plus: the crisis in Iraq and what the international community should do about it; advice and information for transgender people and their families; Supreme Court cases you didn't hear about and a look at the walkability of New York City...and the surrounding suburbs.

Iraq: Obama Weighs His Options

President Obama met with Congressional leaders yesterday to outline the scope of violence in Iraq, and what the US should do in response. Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and David Sanger, New York Times national security correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal (Broadway, 2013), talk about the range of options, from more personnel on the ground to air strikes and diplomatic pressures.

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The High Cost of Cop V. Cop Lawsuits in NJ

In New Jersey, cops suing other cops accounts for expensive settlements, where costs are passed onto taxpayers. Independent journalist Sally Herships discusses why police departments don't seem to do much to mediate internal disputes before they go to court.


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The Fight For Transgender Equality

The growing acceptance of the transgender community and the new anthology of medical, legal and personal advice for transgender people and their families is changing the way we conceive of equality. 

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The Supreme Court Cases You Weren't Paying Attention To (If You Were Paying Attention At All)

It's Supreme Court opinion week. Emily Bazelon, Slate legal correspondent and a panelist on the Politics Gabfest, rounds up some of the cases not getting as much attention in the news -- like the ruling in support of strict "straw purchase" gun laws.


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Is New York Less Walkable than DC?

New York came in second, behind Washington DC, in a recent ranking of walkability -- because NYC's suburbs are less walkable. Call and share your stories of trying to walk around the tri-state suburbs.

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