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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jesselyn Radack, Homeland Security Director at the Government Accountability Project, finds herself in the unusual position of agreeing with former vice president Dick Cheney. She too wants to see torture documents released. Then, former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee Bob Graham on why "knowing" in Washington ...

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Carlyle Group Agrees to Pay Millions in Pension Fund Scandal

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Carlyle Group, one of the country's largest private equity funds, has agreed to pay $20 million over its role in a corruption scandal involving New York's public pension fund.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the company has also agreed to limit campaign contributions ...

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Brooke Astor Secretary Calls Son Stingy

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A former secretary to socialite Brooke Astor has testified that the philanthropist's son tried to rein in her gift- giving and spending in the final years of her life.

Naomi Cunn Packard-Koot testified today that Anthony Marshall was stingy with his mother's money. She says he ...

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Facing Foreclosure, Homeowner Sues "One-Stop Shop"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

One-stop shops are in the spotlight this week. Those are companies that offer prospective home buyers everything from the realtor to the appraisal all under one roof. And here in New York, one one-stop shop has been getting a lot of attention. It’s called United ...

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Hospitals Pledge to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thirty-five of the city’s largest public and private hospitals are joining Mayor Bloomberg’s effort to reduce carbon emissions. Rohit Aggarwala is spear-heading the initiative, which has already launched programs for Broadway theaters and university campuses. He says the hospitals account for about two percent of ...

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For the Supreme Court, a Good Judge of Character

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

President Obama consults today with Senate leaders on his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter; he hopes the nominee can be through the confirmation process before Congress breaks in August. Should his nominee be female? Black? Latino? Joining us is Judge Judith Kaye, counsel with Skadden Litigation Group. Judge Kaye was the Chief Judge of New York Court of Appeals for 15 years until her retirement in 2008, and served longer than any judge in New York's history. She joins The Takeaway with her thoughts on what makes a good judge.

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Race, Justice, Freedom and Paul Butler

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Paul Butler was on track for the American dream. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, he was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in public corruption. All that changed when he was arrested on charges he claims are false. That's when he decided the system simply didn't work. He is now a law professor at George Washington University and author of Let's Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice and advocates that the public force major changes in the criminal justice system.

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Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NYS Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D- 66th Assembly District) discusses last night's passage of a same-sex marriage bill.

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Paterson Calls for Resignation of Public Intergrity Commission

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Governor Paterson is calling for the resignation of all 13 members of the state's Public Integrity Commission, following a blistering report from the state Inspector General that says the commission's executive director broke state law during the investigation into the Spitzer Administration's Troopergate scandal. The ...

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Assembly Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill, but Senate in Doubt

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The future of the effort to legalize gay marriage in New York now lies in the closely-divided State Senate. The Senate takes up the measure that was passed yesterday in the Assembly.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson, who introduced the same sex marriage bill, says he's hopeful

PATERSON: I'm ...

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Marriage Bill Heads to Senate

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The New York State Assembly has approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Last night's vote was 89-to-52. But the measure remains stalled in the State Senate. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The sponsor of the bill in the Assembly, Danny O'Donnell, debated while ...

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Gay Marriage Supporters Air Ad

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

With a gay marriage bill now before a divided New York senate, opponents and supporters are gearing up to sway members to their side. The Empire State Pride Agenda, which advocates for same sex marriage, released a commercial today in Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo.

AD: "Our ...

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Emergency Drill at WTC Planned for Sunday

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hundreds of responders will stage an emergency drill this weekend at the World Trade Center site.

The drill on Sunday morning will simulate a response to an explosion in the PATH commuter rail tunnel between the Trade Center and New Jersey.

Officials say there will be no ...

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The Takeaway

How To Catch A Liar

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Duped. Tricked. Hornswoggled. Deceived. How can you tell if someone is fooling you? According to a new article out in today's Science Times, it's all in how they tell the story. The new focus on interview content grows in part out of a frustration with previous methods that studied behavior — averted eyes, fidgeting, or sweating—and a lack in helpful technological advances. The more important point: How much detail does someone give you when they tell their story? Joining The Takeaway with more on this story is New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey. Listen in, and then try the technique out on a con-artist (or first date) near you.

Benedict Carey's article is part of the Science Times' special Forensics section. Read his article, "Judging Honesty By Words, Not Fidgets," and check out the rest of The New Forensics issue.

Also, if lying appeals to you, listen to Radio Lab's show on Deception.

Beating a polygraph test may not get you in the clear if you're lying. But just in case, watch this video for pointers.

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Iran Frees Journalist Roxana Saberi

Monday, May 11, 2009

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has just been released from an Iranian prison. Saberi was convicted last month of spying for the United States in a quick trial that was closed to the public. Her incarceration caused an international uproar and President Obama asked for her release. Saberi's lawyer said today that an appeals court in Iran reduced her jail term for spying from eight years to a two-year suspended sentence. For more we turn to New York Times' reporter Nazila Fathi and then to Jon Leyne, the BBC's Tehran correspondent.

Did Irani officials bow to pressure in the Saberi case? For more information, watch this video from the Associated Press.

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Schumer Asks FTC to Investigate Calls About Car Warranties

Monday, May 11, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer says the unsolicited phone calls warning of expiring vehicle warranty are more than just a nuisance.

SCHUMER: These are scam artists, There are people who sign up because they think they're actually fixing their warranty, extending their warranty. And they don't.

REPORTER: Officials in ...

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Harlem Tenants Challenge Evictions

Thursday, May 07, 2009

A group of immigrant tenants say their landlord is trying to illegally evict them from two buildings in East Harlem. A letter to tenants says the buildings must be renovated and the city won't allow work to be done unless they're empty. The tenants acknowledge ...

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Silver Not Satisfied With MTA Plan

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the MTA bailout deal that Senate Democrats tentatively agreed to last night does not have enough money for capital projects.

SILVER: I am mindful of the 70s when the system was allowed to deteriorate and I think what ...

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South Bronx Native on Supreme Short List

Friday, May 01, 2009

A South Bronx native is on the short list of possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice David Souter who has announced he's retiring.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is one of several women - and the ...

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Voting Rights Act Up For Debate

Thursday, April 30, 2009

One of the key decisions facing the Supreme Court this year has to do with a central provision of the Voting Rights Act. Debo Adegbile of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund argued the case before the court yesterday; Abigail Thernstrom, of the Manhattan Institute and the

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