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Early Bird Shoppers Trample Wal Mart Employee

Friday, November 28, 2008

A rush for bargains at a Wal Mart on Long Island turned into a deadly stampede early today. Nassau county police say a 34-year-old employee was knocked down when he opened the doors of the store at 5 AM for about 2,000 impatient customers. Detective ...

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The Takeaway

Outgoing president Bush announces list of 14 pardons

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The White House announced last night that President Bush would grant 14 pardons and commute 2 sentences before leaving office in January. The pardons did not include any of the high-profile defendants who have previously petitioned the Bush administration for help.
"These were garden variety crimes for the most part — drug distribution, a couple of unauthorized uses of fertilizers."
— Eric Lichtblau

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WNYC News

Opening Arguments Begin in Trial of Actor

Monday, November 24, 2008

Today a Bronx jury will begin hearing the case of Lillo Brancato. The actor, who made his name in "A Bronx Tale" and on the Sopranos, is accused of felony murder in the death of New York City policeman Daniel Enchautegui.

Enchautegui was off duty when ...

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The Takeaway

Eric Holder may be top choice for AG

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One of our listeners was particularly proud of the selection of Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General:

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WNYC News

Paterson Heads to Washington After Albany Failure

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gov. Paterson heads to Washington today, hoping for more success with Congress than he had yesterday with state lawmakers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Top on Gov. Paterson's beltway agenda will be shoring up the state's unemployment trust fund so it can handle the jump ...

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WNYC News

Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Copyright Wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professor and author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, argues that copyright laws are criminalizing artists and youth and are strangling creativity. He also discusses his effort to use the net roots community to change Congress.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Saddam Hussein’s Trial

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Law professor Michael Newton gives us an insider’s perspective on the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, and why it was difficult to give him a fair and unbiased judgment. He helped write the rules of the Iraqi High Tribunal for the trial. He’s also the co-author of Enemy ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Checks and Balances in the Post-Bush Era

Friday, November 14, 2008

Eight years of the Bush administration has caused changes in our system of checks and balances of power. Hear predictions of how the new President and a new Congress will redefine who’s in charge. Jonathan Mahler’s article in the Nov. 9 New York Times Magazine is "After the ...

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The Takeaway

Nebraska reevaluates safe-haven law that legalized child abandonment

Friday, November 14, 2008

When Nebraska's legislature crafted its safe-haven law to protect newborns from abandonment, state lawmakers had the best intentions. But without an age limit set, those best intentions have opened the door to some 30 children being abandoned at Nebraskan hospitals — and those "children" have often been teenagers, never newborns.

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The Takeaway

EU to allow curvy veggies

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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WNYC News

Group Takes Term Limit Suit to Federal Court

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A state court wasn't friendly to their cause, so opponents to the way the city's term limits law was changed have gone to federal court.

REPORTER: Attorney Norman Siegel says federal courts have ruled against elected officials who try to keep themselves in power.

SIEGEL: If you ...

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WNYC News

Stopping Term Limit Law

Monday, November 10, 2008

This time, they're filing their lawsuit in federal court, claiming the mayor and speaker Christine Quinn acted illegally when they changed the term limits law by legislation, and not a voter referendum.

Attorney Norman Siegel says legal precedent supports their case, that elected officials cannot act ...

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The Takeaway

Imbalance of power

Thursday, November 06, 2008

When President-elect Barack Obama takes office in January, he'll take over a transformed executive branch with expanded power — more power than most presidents have had. New York Times magazine contributor Jonathan Mahler talks about what he sees as an imbalance of power between Washington's legislative and executive branches in his upcoming article about presidential power, called "After the Imperial Presidency."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Teaching Inmates

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

We look at the impact of education programs on New York’s inmate population. Max Kenner is director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which has opened college programs in four prisons in upstate New York. Inmates are held to the same standards as other Bard Collegestudents. Justice Walston is ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Lawyers on Alert

Monday, November 03, 2008

Richard Hasen, law professor at Loyola Law School who writes the Election Law Blog, talks about legal issues that may crop up on Election Day.

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WNYC News

Mayor Bloomberg Set to Sign Term Limits Bill

Monday, November 03, 2008

Today New Yorkers have one more chance to sound off about the City Council's vote to overturn the term limits law. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Before Mayor Bloomberg signs the term limit extension measure into law he will get to hear directly from the ...

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The Takeaway

Early voting

Friday, October 24, 2008

Early voters are turning out like never before, which could lead to a record-setting overall election turnout. Why is it happening? A black presidential candidate (Barack Obama), a female presidential candidate (ultimately, not Hillary Clinton), an energizing and polarizing VP candidate (Sarah Palin)? And what does the high turnout mean?

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Councilman Vacca On His Term Limit Turnaround

Friday, October 24, 2008

By a vote of 29-22, the City Council yesterday passed Mayor Bloomberg's bill extending term limits from two to three terms, clearing the way for him and two thirds of the Council to run for a third term. But at one point, we thought it ...

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WNYC News

Term Limits and Lawsuits

Friday, October 24, 2008

The City Council may have voted, but an extension on term limits is expected to face more than one lawsuit. Civil liberties lawyer Norm Siegel is part of a group of lawyers studying a possible challenge based on either the Voting Rights Act, the 1st ...

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