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Following Up: "Cop-Killer Bullets"

Friday, June 12, 2009

Earlier this week during an interview with Senator Gillibrand, the subject of "cop-killer bullets" came up. Paul Browne, deputy commissioner for Public Information at the NYPD, explains what they are and if there's an effort to ban them.

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Crunchtime in Albany: Domestic Workers' Rights

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Keith Wright (D-70th) is the sponsor in the New York State Assembly of the “Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.” He is joined by Ai-Jen Poo, lead organizer with Domestic Workers United, working nanny Barbara Young, and Donna Schneiderman, co-chair of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice's

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WNYC News

Guantanamo Detainee Held in NYC

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The first Guantanamo Bay detainee brought to the United States to face trial is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City.

Ahmed Ghailani is scheduled to appear this afternoon in Manhattan federal court.

Attorney General Eric Holder says Ghailani is accused of involvement ...

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Paterson: Compromise Close on Ethics Reform

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Governor Paterson says ethics reforms may not happen until at least the fall, now that lawmakers have offered him counter proposals. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson called an open leaders meeting to discuss his plan to overhaul the states largely discredited ethics ...

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NY Cop Remembered as Family Man, Full of Promise

Thursday, June 04, 2009

This morning thousands of police officers from across the country are gathering for the funeral of NYPD Officer Omar Edwards. He was shot and killed by another NYPD officer last week, in what police believe was a friendly fire tragedy. This week, WNYC's Bob Hennelly ...

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Judge Hears Arguments on Closing GM Franchises

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The judge overseeing Chrysler's bankruptcy case in New York says the automaker has a good case for the termination of 789 of its dealer franchises as part of its ongoing restructuring. But the dealers argued in today's hearing that they don't cost the automaker anything.

General ...

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Nightclub Bouncer Convicted of First-Degree Murder

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A Manhattan nightclub bouncer has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a graduate student from Boston. Parolee Darryl Littlejohn faces up to life in prison in the 2006 death of criminal justice student Imette St. Guillen of Boston. His sentencing is set ...

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Governor Vetoes Full Benefits for New Firefighters, Police

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Governor Paterson has vetoed the extension of a law that allows new firefighters and police officers to retire with full benefits with 20 years of service. Unions and labor advocates are angry. Staten Island State Senator Diane Savino, chairwoman of the Civil Service Committee, says ...

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Subway Station Construction Firm Indicted for Underpaying Workers

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A construction company that did work on subway stations has been indicted on charges that it underpaid its workers by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Manhattan district attorney has scheduled a news conference today to announce details of the case against the contractor, M.A. Angeliades ...

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New Bottle Deposit on Hold Until April 2010

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A federal judge has thrown out New York's recently expanded bottle deposit law that was supposed to take effect yesterday. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The water bottlers had complained that they did not have enough time before the June 1 start date to ...

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The Takeaway

Affirmative Action May Take Center (Supreme) Court

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Supreme Court confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor may not center on the issue that has dominated the process for the last two decades: abortion. What may take its place is a debate over affirmative action. The Takeaway is joined by Christopher Caldwell, a TIME magazine contributor and Senior Editor of The Weekly Standard. His article, The Limits of Empathy for Sonia Sotomayor, on the Supreme Court fight can be can be found in the current issue of TIME.

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The Takeaway

No Sympathy For "Empathy"

Friday, May 29, 2009

A week is a long time in the politics of a word. And the word that defined the new Supreme Court nominee for Republicans– empathy– has taken on a rapidly different meaning from the one intended by President Obama when he set forth the criteria for the nominee earlier this month. Now Obama seems to have dropped the word, opting for explanations that can't easily pop up on cable talk shows. The Takeaway talks to language columnist Barbara Wallraff to look at the true meaning of the word and its rapid evolution in Washington.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speaking of Justice(s)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for the New Yorker and legal analyst for CNN, talks about the current--and future--composition of the Supreme Court.

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WNYC News

NYPD: Police Officer Identified Himself Before Shooting Fellow Officer

Friday, May 29, 2009

Police say witnesses confirm a white policeman identified himself as a police officer before he fatally shot a fellow police officer who was black. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Twenty-five-year-old police officer Omar Edwards, had just finished his tour of duty and was dressed in civilian ...

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NYPD Spokesman Discusses Officer Shooting

Friday, May 29, 2009

Details continue to emerging about last night's fatal shooting of an off duty New York City police officer by a fellow member of the force. The officer killed, 25-year-old Omar Edwards, was shot in the arm and chest after a team of three other plain ...

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The Torture Trail

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Christopher H. Pyle, professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College and author of Getting Away with Torture: Secret Government, War Crimes and the Rule of Law talks about the torture memo paper trail.

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WNYC News

Tenants Hold Harlem Protest Over Poor Conditions

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dozens of tenants from Manhattan and the Bronx held a protest in Harlem today. The group says their buildings are deteriorating and they want the owners' banks to be held accountable. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

Tenants say their buildings are in poor condition because owners paid ...

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Growing Up In The Shadow Of The Bruckner

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, was raised in The Bronxdale Houses, a public housing project in the Soundview section of the Bronx. Some are calling it a "rags to riches" story, but many longtime residents of Bronxdale say the projects get a bad rep. They aren't surprised one of their own has made it so far--especially one that lived here in the 1950s and 1960s.

"There's a lot of good people in here. A lot of kids that left from here went to college, got good degrees, got good jobs. No, I'm not surprised. I'm glad for her, I think it's wonderful."

That was Gertrude Gill, who moved into the Bronxdale Houses 35 years ago. At that time, getting an apartment in the city's new housing project was a sign of climbing up the social ladder. But she says life in Bronxdale is not as good as it once was.

"It was beautiful when I moved here. Absolutely gorgeous. Just wonderful. But it has deteriorated, it has gone down."

Jose, who works as a security guard in city schools, has also been a resident of Bronxdale for 35 years. He says it was a solid working class neighborhood when he moved in, and he's seen its highs and lows.

"A lot of good people have come from Housing. A lot of good people! And a lot of people from the Bronx become assemblymen and councilmen and senators. So it's not all bad. I'm not saying it's all good, but it's not all bad either."

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The Takeaway

Should States Get Out of the Marriage Business?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The California Supreme Court stopped same sex couples from calling themselves married, even though they can have the same rights. But what if society decided that "marriage" is just a word? Conservative law professor Douglas Kmiec is proposing that government get out of the business of marriage altogether and allow gay and straights to have civil unions.

For more, read Douglas Kmiec's article, Equality in substance and in name, in the SF Gate.

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The Takeaway

The New Liberal on the Court

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

As President Obama puts his mark on the Supreme Court, Republicans are cautioning against a return to a liberal court. But New York Times Magazine contributor – and law professor – Jeffrey Rosen says Obama is redefining the ideological debate.

For more, read Jeffrey Rosen's story in the New York Times Magazine, What’s a Liberal Justice Now?. Also read Rosen's article in The New Republic, The Case Against Sotomayor.

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