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Rangel Says Investigation Will Vindicate Him

Friday, August 28, 2009

Congressman Charles Rangel says an investigation by the House Ethics Committee will vindicate him of any ethical missteps with his finances. This week, the powerful Harlem Democrat filed amended financial disclosure forms that boosted his wealth by as much as $1.3 million over what he ...

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NYS Bans Texting While Driving

Friday, August 28, 2009

It's not just ill-advised, it's now officially illegal to use your phone to text, check email or surf the web while driving in New York State. Governor David Paterson signed the bill into law yesterday.

The ban also covers using laptops or other handheld devices to ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Asbury Park Under Construction

Thursday, August 27, 2009

William J. Ward, attorney and author of the New Jersey Eminent Domain Law blog, and Paul McEvily, associate executive director of Interfaith Neighbors discuss halted development, eminent domain and Asbury Park.

Halted Development Map: Help pin-point more!

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WNYC News

NY Largely Bans Use of Shackles During Childbirth

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New York State has become the sixth state in the nation to ban the use of restraints on inmates during childbirth. Governor Paterson signed the bill into law yesterday despite some reservations over language in the bill that still allows the use of handcuffs on ...

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NYPD Issues Citations for Street Vendors

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The NYPD issued citations today against seven street vendors operating in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many of the vendors are disabled veterans who claim the right to operate freely in areas where others can't. Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project ...

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NJ Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown Resigns

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Jersey's number two federal prosecutor has resigned, amid a scandal over a loan she received from the state's Republican candidate for Governor.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown found herself at the center of political controversy when it was disclosed that her former boss, GOP ...

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City Closes Beaches Due to Hurricane Bill

Friday, August 21, 2009

Despite the heat and humidity, some of New York City's most popular beaches are closed today, because of concerns about rip tides from Hurricane Bill. Even though Bill is hundreds of miles away, he's churning up high waves and dangerous rip currents along the city's ...

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Pam Am Families Plan UN Protest

Friday, August 21, 2009

Relatives of Americans killed when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, plan to converge on New York City in September to protest Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's speech at the United Nations. Family members are furious that convicted Libyan bomber Abdel Baset ...

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The Takeaway

Testing the First Amendment Online

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.”

Internet radio host Hal Turner wrote those incendiary words on his blog and landed himself in a large and very public pool of hot water. In a case that will once again test the limits of free speech protection, the Justice Department charged that the radio host had crossed the line into hate speech, and that his words were tantamount to death threats. Mr. Turner was already on trial in Connecticut criminal court for comments made against Catholic lawmakers. ...(continue reading)

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The Supreme Court Steps In

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For many inmates in American prisons, the U.S. Supreme Court is their favorite pen pal. Prisoners have been known to write weekly (or daily) letters begging the justices to intercede in their cases. These direct pleas (writs of habeas corpus in legalese) have been consistently ignored by the U.S. Supreme Court for fifty years. Yesterday, however, the court surprised many legal observers by breaking its long habit and intervening in the case of death row inmate Troy Davis. He has been on death row in Georgia since being convicted of the 1988 murder of an off-duty police officer. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us with more of the story.

For more, read With 2 Hours to Spare, Justices Stay Execution, in the New York Times.

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WNYC News

Man Arrested in Major Identity Theft Case

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A former government informant known online as "soupnazi" stole information from 130 million credit and debit card accounts in what federal prosecutors are calling the largest case of identity theft yet.

Prosecutors said Monday that Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami broke his own record for identity ...

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Is NY Eligible for Part of $4.3 Billion Education Stimulus?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The federal government wants to encourage education reform. It’s backing it up with $4.3 billion in stimulus grants to be awarded to the states. But when the proposed guidelines were released recently, they triggered a big debate over whether New York is even eligible. WNYC’s ...

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NJ Governor Candidate Failed to Disclose Loan to Subordinate

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In New Jersey, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has been running a campaign for governor that hinges on his image as a tough corruption fighter. But today, the Republican admitted he failed to disclose on his tax returns a loan he made to a former ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Immigration Reform Now...Wait, Make That 2010

Monday, August 17, 2009

Amy Gottlieb, attorney and director of the Immigrant Rights Program at the American Friends Service Committee, and Diego Graglia, editor of the Feet in 2 Worlds blog, talks about the current state of the country's immigration system -- and what's happening in federal immigration detention centers.

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Democrats React to a Public Option Sacrifice

Monday, August 17, 2009

Some Congressional lawmakers are digging in their heels at the news President Obama might sacrifice the most controversial proposal of healthcare reform -- the government-backed medical coverage.

The so-called "public plan" would be modeled after Medicare and serve all Americans who can't get private health insurance. ...

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Man in Harlem Robbery Shooting Will Not Be Charged

Friday, August 14, 2009

The 72-year-old owner of a Harlem kitchen supply store who shot four suspected robbers, killing two, will not be charged. The New York City Police Department says Charles Augusto Junior had a permit for the shotgun, and he is being treated as a witness. There's ...

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NYCLU Says Stop and Frisks Increasing

Friday, August 14, 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the NYPD is on pace to break last year's record for stop and frisk encounters. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

In the first half of this year, the NYPD made 311,000 stop frisks. More than 90 percent of those ...

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The Takeaway

Documents Reveal Rove's Role

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The House Judiciary Committee has released almost 6,000 pages of documents that show that Karl Rove the former top political adviser to President George W. Bush played a critical role in the 2006 firings of a number of U.S. attorneys. Do the new documents support a charge of perjury? We talk to New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau.

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Nuclear Plant Clears One Hurdle, Groups Say Not Enough

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Indian Point nuclear plant has passed a major test. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final safety report today. It found owner Entergy can safely manage Indian Point 2 and 3 as they age over the 20-year period that new licenses would cover. But environmental ...

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Groups Call for Making Attacks on Home a Hate Crime

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lawmakers and homeless advocates are pushing for legislation that would make attacks against the homeless, a hate crime. The recommendation for the bill comes on the heels of a recent study from the National Coalition for the Homeless. It says there's an uptick in violence ...

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