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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the NYPD’s Counterterror Force

Monday, February 02, 2009

We go behind the scenes with the NYPD’s counterterrorism division. Find out why it’s both the gold standard of counterterror efforts, and a lightning rod for controversy. Journalist and terror expert Christopher Dickey’s new book is Securing the City.

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Chris Dickey will have an on stage conversation ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lawyerless

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Philip K. Howard, author of Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law, says Americans are being hamstrung by too many legal restrictions.

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WNYC News

Prosecuting the NYPD

Thursday, January 29, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants police abuse cases to be prosecuted by an indendent board, instead of the NYPD.

At a council hearing, she noted that the NYPD has failed to follow up on more than 1/3 of the cases that were substantiated by the ...

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WNYC News

NJ Pushes Conductor Texting Ban

Monday, January 26, 2009

A New Jersey Bill seeks to ban train conductors and bus drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails while their vehicles are moving. The bill is in response to the fatal Los Angeles train commuter crash that occurred last fall.

Only emergency electronic communication would be ...

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WNYC News

Conn. Budget Gets A Lift From Traffic Tickets

Monday, January 26, 2009

Connecticut officials can thank some lawbreakers for helping with the state's budget deficit, which continues was hit hard by declines in income and sales tax revenue.

State police say they issued nearly 78,000 speeding tickets last year, a 16 percent year-over-year increase. The rise in tickets ...

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WNYC News

NYPD: Cell Phone Robberies on the Rise

Monday, January 26, 2009

Stand clear of the closing doors--especially if you have a fancy new cell phone. The NYPD reports that thefts of expensive cell phones have increased sharply over the past three months. Assistant Chief James Hall says passengers who are holding their electronic gadgets out in ...

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WNYC News

Conn. Lawmakers Push To Ease Marijuana Laws

Monday, January 26, 2009

Two Connecticut lawmakers say the state is spending too much money prosecuting people caught with small amounts of marijuana, and they're calling for fines instead of arrests.

State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney and Senator Toni Harp -- both Democrats from New Haven -- hope the ...

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WNYC News

New Senator Named, Former Senator Indicted

Friday, January 23, 2009

It’s been a momentous day in Albany, Governor Paterson named upstate Congressman Kirsten Gillibrand as successor to former senator turned secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. And, former Senate Leader Joe Bruno was indicted on federal corruption charges.


More analysis on the news blog >>

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Obama Constitution: 48 Hours Later

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Barack Obama's first full day in office was full of decisions related to questions of Executive power and the Constitution: an order to close Guantanamo; a freeze on last minute Bush regulations; an executive order on secrecy; and the suspension of military commissions. Daphne Eviatar, legal correspondent for the

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WNYC News

New Law Requires Full Disclosure on Police Shootings of Civilians

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Under the new law the Council and public will get an annual NYPD synopsis that will provide the who, when, where and why for all police shootings.

Chris Dunn with the New York Civil Liberities Union says his group pushed hard for the legislation after it ...

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WNYC News

Will the Madoff Scandal Fuel Anti-Semitism?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Madoff: a Jewish Reckoning." That was the title of a panel discussion that drew an overflow crowd at the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research Thursday night. Speakers with divergent views reflected on Bernie Madoff and his impact on Jewish people. It's been widely reported that ...

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The Takeaway

New lead testing law angers small manufacturers, retailers

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On February 10th a controversial new consumer product law goes into effect. It requires manufacturers of goods aimed at children under the age of 12 to test their products for lead. It also forbids retailers to sell goods with unacceptable levels of lead. While that is certainly well-intentioned, small business owners say they don’t have the money to test their products. They worry the law, which is meant to protect children, will actually put them out of business. The Takeaway talks to Scott Wolfson, a spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Marilyn Seitz, owner of the not-for-profit Pennyworth Thrift Shop in Silver Spring, Maryland, for their take on the situation.

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WNYC News

Treasury Sec. Nominee Failed To Pay Taxes

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Senate Democratic leaders are standing behind Timothy Geithner, despite embarassing revelations that President-elect Obama's pick to run the Treasury Department failed to pay all of his taxes several years ago. Geithner has since paid those owed back-taxes, but the revelation poses a huge liability since ...

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WNYC News

Illegal Housing Trial Underway in Bronx

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Two tenants and a building owner are currently on trial in the Bronx for dividing an apartment. Prosecutors say illegal walls trapped firefighters, causing them to jump to their deaths during a fire in 2005. As WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports, illegal housing remains a serious ...

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WNYC News

Bloomberg's Bid For Third Term Holds Up

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Mayor and City Councilmembers did nothing wrong when they extended the city's term limits law. That's the word from a federal judge.

The judge ruled against a group of city officials, saying they failed to prove that the mayor and second-term City Council members forced ...

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WNYC News

Health Insurer Agrees to Reform Rates

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has signed an agreement with one of the nation’s largest health insurers that he says will reform how they charge consumers. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Cuomo says United Health has over-charged Americans hundreds of millions of dollars by improperly setting reimbursement ...

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WNYC News

ConEd Employees Paid Kickbacks By City Contractor

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ten supervisors and a retired worker at Consolidated Edison are accused of soliciting and accepting more than $1 million in kickbacks from a contractor.

Authorities say the contractor worked at projects in New York City and Westchester County since 2004. The projects included the cleanup following ...

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The Takeaway

No mo' Gitmo? The Obama administration plans to close the infamous prison

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Transition officials say that President-elect Obama will issue an executive order calling for the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay on his first day in office. But it's going to take time, possibly as long as a year, to sort out the fates of the remaining 248 prisoners. Vijay Padmanabhan, Professor at Cardozo School of Law and formerly an attorney adviser in the State Department with a responsibility for detainee issues, talks to The Takeaway about the complexities of resigning Gitmo to history.

For more information, read the New York Times' article Obama’s Plan to Close Prison at Guantánamo May Take Year .

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WNYC News

Murder Rate in Manhattan Drops 10 Percent

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The murder rate in Manhattan dropped 10 percent in 2008, according to the Manhattan District Attorney. That brings the number of murders to the lowest the borough has seen since they started keeping track in the 1930's.

But rapes in Manhattan increased slightly more than one ...

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WNYC News

DOJ Launches Hate Crime Investigation In Suffolk County

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Department of Justice's criminal civil rights division has opened a formal investigation into hate crimes against Latinos in Suffolk County.

The move comes in response to a public outcry following the stabbing death of Marcelo Lucero. The Ecuadorean immigrant was attacked by a group of ...

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