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History Lesson: Bloomberg's Case to Make Klein Chancellor

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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This is really a moment where a lot of people thought the mayor might step back and say, how have we done over the past eight years, I'm looking for your input... He says he's done that, he won't say with whom, but it's obviously been a very closed process.

- Javier C. Hernandez, of the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Michael Grimm Shares His Plans for Washington

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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One of the things I would like to do is put together all the prior military and former law enforcement individuals that are members of Congress and start my own caucus. I think there's a commonality there.

- Michael Grimm, Congressman-elect for N.Y. District 13 on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Election Results Are In: How Will They Affect Net Neutrality, Freelancers and Space?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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So you end up with this really difficult political moment where defending network neutrality, which should be sort of common sense in many areas, is that much harder because people have this sort of allergic reaction to the idea of government intervention, even if that intervention is to maintain a free market.

- Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Ballot Issues, Front and Back

Monday, November 01, 2010

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I did at the beginning of our conversation, I did indicate next to, but as I said to you, it's below. I do not think it will cause any confusion to the voter.

-Julie Dent, president of the NYC Board of Elections, on The Brian Lehrer Show explaining precisely how voters should mark their paper ballots.

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After the Midterms...

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Obama's brand has changed so much and he has lost so much altitude with so many of the key constiuencies that he was so strong with in 2008.

-John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive: Why They are Going

Friday, October 29, 2010

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How will we know if they succeed? Will we all wake up Sunday morning feeling just a little bit more sane?

-David Carr, media columnist for the business section of The New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Is There a Democratic Way to be Attorney General?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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The job of attorney general is to fight crime and corruption wherever it occurs and to be the people's lawyer, really with the view to standing up to powerful interests whether they are Democrats or Republicans, on Wall Street, in Albany or on Main Street.

- Eric Schneiderman, Democratic candidate for NY Attorney General, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Gail Collins on Sex Scandals and Big Spenders

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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It's always been my own personal opinion, after having more time than is good for me looking into sex scandals in politics, is that people really don't care. They want to know what their person is doing to support the family values that they have but they don't really care much what they're doing with their private life.

- Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times on the The Leonard Lopate Show,.

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The Big Picture: Joseph Stiglitz on the Economy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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I think every serious economist realizes that if it had not been for the stimulus, our unemployment rate would be 2 to 3 percentage points higher than it is today. And we have enough suffering as it is—one out of 6 Americans that would like a full-time job can’t get one. Without the stimulus, things would have been that much worse.

- Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Peter Diamond: Social Security an Easy Fix, Not Quick

Friday, October 22, 2010

True—easy to fix and in the current economic climate the perfect thing for Congress to be addressing…This is a moment to: a) do good policy, b) not harm the recovery, and c) reassure people that the U.S. has the ability to get things on track for the long run.

- Peter Diamond, Nobel Prize-winning economist, answering the question "Is Social Security easy to fix?" on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Gail Collins on Giving Third Party Candidates a Platform

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mainly, if you've got seven people, five of whom no-one has ever heard of and will never hear of again, sitting there on the stage, you can’t expect the public to feel that it’s going to get a fascinating evening of revelation.

- Gail Collins, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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