Monday, October 14, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Hear the latest on the fight over whether to at least temporarily raise the debt ceiling--and whether we're any closer to ending the government shutdown with NPR reporter Tamara Keith. Plus: the expansion of data analytics during the Bloomberg years; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey Steve Lonegan; and a conversation about arts funding under the next mayor of New York.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
What really happened in the West Side Highway road rage incident? Murray Weiss of DNAinfo discusses what we know and what we don't know about the incident and the implications. Plus: what the mayor has to do with the NYC safety net; veteran journalist Jim Lehrer on the JFK assassination; how to be more Buddha-like at work; and whether or not raising the debt ceiling would really be so bad.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By Bob Hennelly
Boosters of the more than $50 billion dollar Sandy relief bill that passed the House last week say they can't say for sure just when the bill will be scheduled for a vote in the US Senate, although they expect it to come to the floor sometime this week.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
This week’s debt ceiling deal may have pulled the U.S. back from default, but 1.2 million graduate students just got slapped with another bill. About one third of all graduate students have a partial federal subsidy on their loan, so they don’t get charged interest while they’re studying. That willll be abolished from July next year, as part of an agreement to reduce deficits by at least $2.1 trillion over a decade. But it could mean thousands of dollars more in loan costs for about a third of the country’s 3.6 million graduate students.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Monday’s debt ceiling deal might satisfy those rating agencies that warned of a possible downgrade of the United States' credit rating if the the parties did not end the political stalemate. But does the deal reassure agencies worried about the fundamental weaknesses of the U.S. economy? Gillian Tett, a managing editor of the Financial Times, says a downgrade is inevitable and she tells us what to expect from the different ratings agencies and how the markets will react to an impending downgrade.
Monday, August 01, 2011
David Weigel, who covers politics and policy for Slate magazine, Reihan Salam, columnist for The Daily and blogger for National Review Online, and Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, discuss the deal on the debt ceiling and deficit.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Democrats and Republicans will this morning release their separate plans to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline. But only one plan can pass and Congress is running out of time. The lack of time has thrown a spotlight on the 14th amendment, which some say would allow President Obama to increase the debt ceiling on his own.
Monday, July 25, 2011
There's down to the wire, and then there's this. Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico.com, discusses the continued intransigence in the debt ceiling negotiations in Washington, and the various plans being crafted in the Republican and Democratic camps.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the scenarios that could play out under various plans to raise the federal debt ceiling.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Nan Hayworth, Congress Member (R-NY-19) discusses the battle in Congress over raising the debt ceiling.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
How might the Constitution affect the debt ceiling debate? Jay Wexler, law professor at Boston University, blogger and author of the forthcoming book The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions, discusses the meaning of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment and its potential role in the debt ceiling debate.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
As the fight over the debt limit rages on in DC, some have been questioning whether the whole concept of a debt limit might not be unconstitutional. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has implied that President Obama might be able to push through an extension of the debt ceiling based on an interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
For months, the words "debt ceiling" have been hanging over Americans' heads, along with apocalyptic predictions of what might happen if President Obama and Congress don’t raise the ceiling or rearrange the budget before August.
But back in April, Garrett Epps proposed something completely novel, that’s just now starting to get a lot of attention: what if the president simply asserted that under the Fourteenth Amendment the debt ceiling is unconstitutional?
Monday, July 04, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
With the deadline quickly approaching for Congress to make a decision on whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, President Obama warned that failing to come to a negotiation could significantly impact the nation's economy and investors' confidence in the United States. Beyond that, some experts say Congress's slowness in developing a plan to face the debt crisis may be symbolic of something more—namely that America is in denial over the gravity of its debt problem.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Last Friday night, with a government shutdown staring them right in the eyes, Congress was able to come to temporary resolution over the 2011 budget crisis. President Barack Obama will lay out the details for reducing the deficit in a speech Wednesday night. What's the next big showdown in Washington? Raising the debt ceiling. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, sees the debt debate as "bigger and more troublesome" than what just transpired over the budget.