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WNYC News

New York CIty and Mayor de Blasio Still in Honeymoon Phase

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Yorkers are apparently feeling good about their new mayor, according to a new poll.

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With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The wide-ranging federal spending bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts. The House approved it Wednesday.

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WNYC News

Dems Who Endorsed Christie: We Didn't Get Anything, Either

Thursday, January 16, 2014

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“I'm a little appalled by some of the mayors that are saying, ‘Well we didn't endorse him and we didn't get anything,’" said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “We endorsed him, and we didn't get anything.”

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WNYC News

NJ Dems Already Arguing Over Bridgegate Investigation

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Can New Jersey Democrats agree with each other long enough to keep the heat on Governor Christie?

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For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection

Thursday, January 16, 2014

For President Obama and Senate Democrats, it's all about mutual aid. The president needs their support to achieve whatever of his remaining agenda he can get through Congress. They need him to help raise money for their re-election campaigns.

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WNYC News

New York at Center of Very Profitable, Very Illegal Ivory Trade

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The penalty for selling illegal ivory in New York is about as punitive as the penalty for being drunk in public — a fine up to $250, or a maximum of 15 days in prison. But the trade is lucrative: a 2012 ivory seizure in New York City was worth $2 million.

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The Takeaway

A Cryptologist's Critique of NSA Reforms

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cryptologists have their own opinions about how best to protect the American public. And because they design many of the privacy programs that the National Security Agency has thwarted, they have a unique perspective on how best to reform the agency. Joseph Bonneau, a cryptologist and winner of the NSA's Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper award for his work on passwords and encryption, discusses his profession's long history of conflict with the NSA.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can We Really Stop All Traffic Deaths?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lindsey Ganson, chief operating officer for Transportation Alternatives, co-author of the 2011 report "VISION ZERO: How Safer Streets in New York City Can Save More Than 100 Lives a Year"(PDF), talks about Mayor de Blasio's new working group to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in NYC to zero.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reflecting on Robert Gates' (Sometimes Surprising) Views

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Robert Gates is talking about his new book everywhere. But on yesterday's show, he said a few surprising things that deserve follow-up. David Sanger, New York Times national security correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal, discusses some of Gates's comments - on everything from Hillary Clinton to the war in Iraq, deals in Iran, criticizing a sitting president, and the NSA.

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The Takeaway

Air Force Nuke Officers Caught In Cheating Scandal

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Once a month, the military makes the people who are responsible for operating this nation's nuclear missile arsenal take a test, and they must score perfectly to keep their jobs. Now the Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers at Malstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been suspended for cheating on their proficiency test or not reporting cheating by others. Retired Air Force Colonel Randall Larsen joins The Takeaway to explain the details behind the controversy.

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Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating

Thursday, January 16, 2014

An education summit at the White House focuses on finding new ways to help poor students succeed. "The dirty little secret of American higher education is that universities care about racial diversity and do a good job of trying to promote that, but they completely ignore the issue of socioeconomic diversity," says one scholar.

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The Takeaway

Why Women Don't Brag—And Why They Should | A Cryptologist's Critique of NSA Reforms | Could the Supreme Court Upend the TV Business?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Cryptologist's Critique of NSA Reforms | West Virginians Report Illness From Water | Enter Our SoupOrBowl Recipe Contest! | Air Force Nuke Officers Caught In Cheating Scandal | Could the Supreme Court Upend the TV Business? | Why Women Don't Brag—And Why They Should

WNYC News

City Pols Celebrate Jewish Holiday With Influential Orthodox Leaders

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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It may only be a minor Jewish holiday but some major New York City political leaders and their proxies visited a Borough Park apartment Wednesday night to celebrate and pay their respect to members of the influential Orthodox Jewish community.

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Hit By Scandal and Mocked By The Boss, Christie Needs 'High Hopes'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Oh what a difference: Last year, it was TV talk shows and a lot of bombast. This year, Christie eats a big slice of humble pie served up by Bruce Springsteen.

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Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet To Head SBA

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Born in Mexico, Contreras-Sweet was the first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary in California when she led its Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003.

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WNYC News

Panel Investigating Bridgegate Hires Counsel, Preps Subpoenas

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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One of the two New Jersey committees investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal in Fort Lee has hired a former federal prosecutor as its legal advisor, chosen its members, and is working on new subpoenas.

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New Jersey News

NJ Gambling Revenues Are Way Below Expectations

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

One billion dollars. 

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House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In a bipartisan compromise, lawmakers approved the 1,582-page spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit later this week.

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The Takeaway

What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After seven weeks of negotiations, America's nuclear talks with Iran are reaching a critical phase. If all goes well, Iran will get $7 billion in sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to roll back its nuclear program. But much to President Barack Obama’s consternation, the Senate is considering new Iranian sanctions. P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesperson and a professor at George Washington University, examines the power struggle between the White House and the Senate.

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What's America's Problem? 1 In 5 Says It's The Government

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In a monthly Gallup poll of American attitudes, dissatisfaction with the political leadership topped all other issues among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. But dissatisfaction with the government was down from a peak of 33 percent last October.

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