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The Dreams of the Undocumented Community

Friday, August 30, 2013

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Founder of Define America. He says that while there are obvious differences between the civil rights struggles of African Americans 50 years ago and those of undocumented immigrants today, he draws inspiration from their struggles and sees points of commonality.

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WNYC News

Spitzer Has Big Lead in Comptroller Race: Poll

Friday, August 30, 2013

A new poll shows that Eliot Spitzer has a substantial lead over rival Scott Stringer in Democratic primary for New York City comptroller. That's a sharp contrast to a recent survey that shows the race tied.

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WNYC News

From the Bronx to Queens, Deals Defined Quinn's Council Leadership

Friday, August 30, 2013

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Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett, in the second part of his report on mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, describes the City Council speaker as "an insider’s insider" who has cut deals with New York City's most powerful politicians in ways that may illuminate the kind of mayor she would be.

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Key Members Of Congress Briefed On Syria Intelligence

Friday, August 30, 2013

President Obama is trying to convince Congress to get on board with his plans for Syria. Thursday night, some key members of Congress heard from top White House officials during a 90 minute phone call.

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Filner's Exit Isn't The End Of San Diego's Mayoral Mayhem

Friday, August 30, 2013

On Friday, embattled Mayor Bob Filner officially steps down. Allegations of sexual harassment against Filner have rocked the eighth-largest American city. Now, San Diegans face a potentially contentious special election in November.

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WNYC News

Political Roots Keep Thompson On Message

Friday, August 30, 2013

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It's close to 7:30 a.m. on a windy, cloud-covered morning, as Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson arrives to greet voters at a subway stop on the Prospect Heights side of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

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The Takeaway

Kerry: "High Confidence" Syria Used Chemical Weapons | N.F.L. Agrees to $765 Million Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit | The Dreams of the Undocumented Community

Friday, August 30, 2013

New Snowden Leak Reveals Secret "Black Budget" for U.S. Intelligence | As U.S. Considers a Syria Response, Echoes of Iraq Reverberate | New Movie Releases of The Week: Our Nixon, Closed Circuit, One Direction: This Is Us | "Our Nixon" Documentary Gives Inside Look at 37th President | N.F.L. Agrees ...

Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Terrifying, Looming, Touching-the-Void Awfulness Gabfest

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Why Syria, why now? Also, a dreary autumn in U.S. politics and lessons learned over summer vacation.

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Transportation Nation

Remove Pedestrian Plazas? GOP Candidates Say Maybe So

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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When the Republican candidates for NYC mayor gathered for a televised debate Wednesday night, they took three different stances on Mayor Mike Bloomberg's preference for pedestrians and plazas. 

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Federal Court Backs Calif. Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors

Thursday, August 29, 2013

California's pioneering law that prohibits treating young gay people with psychotherapy in an attempt to change their sexual orientation has cleared a constitutional challenge in federal appeals court. The law was put on hold after its opponents won an injunction last December.

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Why Syria Is More Complicated Than Libya

Thursday, August 29, 2013

To start with, unlike Moammar Gadhafi's regime when the U.S. intervened in Libya in 2011, the Syrian government still has international allies. As the U.S. considers a strike on Syria, here's a look at some of the key differences between the two situations.

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WNYC News

New Poll Puts Spitzer and Stringer in Dead Heat

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Quinnipiac University poll says the two candidates for comptroller, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former governor Eliot Spitzer, are neck and neck -- with each carrying 46 percent of likely voters in the upcoming primary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the Candidates: Call John Liu

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Today: Comptroller John Liu discusses the latest news from the campaign trail and takes voters' calls.

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President To Issue New Executive Orders On Guns

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The two orders would stop private individuals from importing U.S.-made military surplus weapons from abroad and close a loophole that allows some felons to skirt background checks.

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WNYC News

Tangled Dealings Link Quinn, Lopez and His Brooklyn Machine

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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As leader of the City Council, Christine Quinn has dispensed powerful posts and directed extensive funding to the political operation led by Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn Democrat with a long history of scandal, investigative journalist Wayne Barrett reports.

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WNYC News

Stringer, Spitzer Tied in Race for Comptroller: Poll

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The race for city comptroller is heating up.

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Politician And Health Quality Guru Berwick Consults For U.K.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr. Donald Berwick ran Medicare and Medicaid right after the Affordable Care Act became law. Now he's running for governor of Massachusetts. But he hasn't left behind his work as a health quality oracle.

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The Takeaway

A Battle for Water When the Rio Grande Runs Low

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the waters of the Rio Grande River flowing between the bordering states. But in a time when the rains can longer be relied upon, Mexico has fallen behind on its part of the deal. Monica Ortiz Uribe, a senior field correspondent for Fronteras, went down to Chihuahua to find out more about this battle for water and shares her findings with The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

Two Prisoners to Leave Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In the first transfer of prisoners in nearly a year, the Pentagon has announced that two Algerians being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will be transferred out. According to their files, were recommended to be sent home in 2007. Joining The Takeaway is Carol Rosenberg, reporter for the Miami Herald. She explains why the Pentagon has decided to move the two men.

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The Takeaway

Iran Warns of Israel Attack Should U.S. Strike Syrian Targets

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In response to reports that the Obama administration was considering military strikes on Syria, Iranian officials issued a stark warning against U.S. involvement in the region, saying any military strike on Syria would lead to Iran launching a retaliatory attack on Israel fanned by “the flames of outrage.” Afshon Ostovar, Iran analyst with CNA, a not-for-profit research and analysis organization, explains what's behind this rhetoric.

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