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WikiLeaks: Are the Critics Wrong?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Just imagine if on this show today the government's listening and decides there are things that you say or that one of your guests say that it doesn't like or it think harms the national security of the United States and then it starts calling your banks and telling your banks to freeze your funds because what you've done is illegal. And then it starts cutting off your credit cards and preventing people from donating to your station...all informal, all just through pressuring tactics and bullying tactics. Is anyone going to argue...that this is not a major threat to freedom of the press and first ammendment values? That is exactly what they're doing to WikiLeaks.

- Glenn Greenwald, columnist with Salon.com on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Lawsuit Will Fight Cathie Black's Appointment to Schools Chancellor

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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I just see an executive choosing an executive to run a business, but the New York City school system is not a business.

- Eric J. Snyder, attorney and NYC public school parent on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Will the Tea Party Settle for Compromise?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

There's no question that they want to keep their promises, myself included. The reality is that sometimes you have to play the cards that you're dealt. I don't think it's prudent to say, 'I promised I wouldn't do this, so I'm going to stand on that promise at the cost of massively hurting the economy and hurting the people I represent much more than by compromising to some extent.'

-Michael Grimm, Representative-elect from Staten Island, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How Do You Lose Nearly 200,000 Votes?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

WNYC

This calls into question the whole validity of the process and as someone from the Brennan Center pointed out, even if it doesn't change the results, it may change how candidates react to the preliminary results. Do you challenge them or not? Do you take formal action if it turns out the election was much more close than you thought it was?

- Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Tax Cuts Compromise: 'The Path of Least Resistance'

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

WNYC

On the one hand, Obama needed to answer to the Republicans and on the other hand he needed to answer to his liberal base. And what he did is he came up with a compromise that gives something to both sides at the cost of adding massively to the debt so in the short run the easy course is to make everybody happy... in the long run of course that's unsustainable.

- Peter Coy, Economics Editor at Bloomberg BusinessWeek onThe Brian Lehrer Show

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Health Care for 9/11 Workers? Not so Fast

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most recently, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, who've been working hard to get this passed, have proposed a whole bunch of options, sort of a menu list, and told Republicans to pick and choose from this and we'll make up the money in some other way. But given the atmosphere in Washington at this time, I think Republicans are going to be reluctant to go along with anything that looks like a tax increase or might cost any jobs.

-Anthony DePalma, speaking about a bill that would provide health benefits to 9/11 responders, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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A Quarter of a Million Cables to Analyze? Where to Begin?

Monday, December 06, 2010

WNYC
"Every journalist has to decide, how do I in publicizing these remarks, contextualize them in such a way that I'm creating knowledge and not just publicity."

Tom Rosenstiel, speaking about Wikileaks on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why the Deficit Commission Proposal Flopped

Monday, December 06, 2010

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I think the whole approach of the fiscal commission was to put the cart before the horse. The problem is not how do we reduce the deficit. The problem is how do we get a recovery going.

- Robert Kuttner,co-editor of The American Prospect magazine on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Inside the Albany Rumor Mill

Friday, December 03, 2010

Albany has a hyperactive press corps and there's the unique situation of the Daily News and the Post being right in the middle of it, but it's not just Albany. These questions are going to be cropping up again all around the country as we move more and more toward digital dissemination of news, so it's worth taking a look at the period of time and seeing what we can learn from it.

-Clint Hendler, staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, speaking about false rumors about Governor Paterson on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Sen. Gillibrand Lays Out Lame Duck Agenda

Friday, December 03, 2010

As embarrassing as some of these more candid comments may be, it is now pretty clear the extent to which we have been working diplomatically, and have been engaging friends and allies around the world on critical questions ranging from Korea to Iran.

-Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York, speaking about the DREAM Act on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Reflections on Wikileaks, From a Man Who Knows How it Feels to be Outed

Thursday, December 02, 2010

WNYC
As embarrassing as some of these more candid comments may be, it is now pretty clear the extent to which we have been working diplomatically, and have been engaging friends and allies around the world on critical questions ranging from Korea to Iran.

-Joe Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tackling the Deficit, Kicking and Screaming

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I think it's mostly a reflection of this funny political moment in which everyone says they want the deficit reduced but they are against tax increases and real spending cuts. If you have an electorate that’s against those things, it's very hard for politicians to sign onto any kind of plan.

-David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, talks about today's deficit commission meeting on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WikiLeaks: Public Enemy Number One?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The idea that anything we found out in the WikiLeaks exposures are telling us dramatic new things or revealing any kinds of crimes or conspiracies just isn't the case...This is like the Stieg Larsson novels except the main protagonists aren't good guys exposing real conspiracies and crimes, but a bunch of irresponsible and malevolent children getting in the way of the mature adults trying to actually deal with important problems.

-Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and the author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Unemployment Benefits: Expire or Extend?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A program that was conceived in 1935 to be a temporary respite for production workers in factories who might be laid off for six months at the most has become a lifeline for the long-term unemployed in America. I think even some liberal economists are starting to wonder whether the program works as it does. If you keep paying unemployment benefits to someone for several years they start losing their skills and dropping out of the workforce.

John Maggs, National Politics Reporter for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Fate of Climate Change Legislation: Doubtful

Monday, November 29, 2010

WNYC
There are a number of members who are just dubious about the science, and that's one of the hurdles to passing cap and trade legislation.

Darren Samuelsohn, senior energy and environment reporter for Politico, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Joel Klein: Give Black a Chance

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I had support and I think that's important, having the people around you who can provide the knowledge and expertise. Right from the beginning I wanted strong people in technology because so much needed to be done in that area. Strong people in finance, strong people in pedagogy. People build a team, and the good news right now is that the team we have in the department is extraordinary and I think will provide the support that Cathie Black needs.

- Joel Klein, outgoing New York City schools chancellor, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How Obama Can Push Through the Gridlock

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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So much of our focus has been on the stalemate in Congress. I think if people saw things getting done, the administration's standing with the public would rise as well.

—Sarah R. Wartell, executive vice-president of the Center for American Progress on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Deputy Mayor Asks and Tells: How Can New York Save Money?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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So, the city has one energy budget, but when people in a building are responsible for their own costs, they take better care of that building.

—Stephen Goldsmith, deputy mayor of operations for New York City on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Obama Wants New START, Republicans Say No START

Monday, November 22, 2010

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The goals the U.S. has around the world, whether they're in climate, or dealing with the global economy, or dealing with Iran and its nuclear pretensions, require a cooperative arrangement with the other key members of the UN Security Council or we will make no progress. So if you want anarchy, or if you want global proliferation, then do nothing.

—Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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An Alternative, Progressive Plan for the Deficit

Friday, November 19, 2010

WNYC

We talk about shared sacrifice. Well, there hasn't been shared sacrifice in our country right now.

- Congresswoman Jane Schakowsky of Illinois on The Brian Lehrer Show

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