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Schoolbook

Cypress Hills Students Say: 'Give Us Time'

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cypress Hills College Prep is one of four small schools inside the campus of Franklin K. Lane, a large failing high that is being phased out gradually by the city. But the prep school created under the Bloomberg administration is now on a list of struggling schools the city may opt to phase out starting next fall.

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Schoolbook

Suggestion to Tweed Officials: Move Out

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A state senator has a suggestion for creating more classroom space in Lower Manhattan, which by all accounts will continue to need it desperately: move the adults out of the Tweed Courthouse and convert the entire building into an elementary school.

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WNYC News

Lower Manhattan Businesses Hope Fewer Protesters Mean More Customers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WNYC

The removal of the Occupy Wall street encampment from Zuccotti Park has left some downtown stores and restaurants optimistic that their business will soon return to normal.

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The Takeaway

Occupy Wall Street Moves to Foley Square

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street protesters have vowed to carry on after being evicted from Zuccotti Park overnight Tuesday. After being thrown out of the park after two months, protesters regrouped after dawn on Tuesday in nearby Foley Square and marched toward City Hall. Ben Brock Johnson, digital editor for The Takeaway, saw protesters being removed from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday and spoke with protesters in Foley Square.

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The Takeaway

Two Reactions to the OWS Evicition

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On Monday, The Takeaway spoke with New York University professor of international relations Alon Ben-Meir and National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke to discuss reports of illness and lawlessness at Occupy Wall Street encampments around the country. Today, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered police to clear the protesters' camp at Zuccotti Park, Ben-Meir and Cooke rejoin the program to react to the day's events.

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The Takeaway

Thousands Join Occupy Oakland General Strike

Thursday, November 03, 2011

An estimated 10,000 protesters marched to the Port of Oakland last night as a general strike was called in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Demonstrators shut down maritime operations at the port as officials asked that protesters allow the workers to return home safely. The march was generally peaceful, police said, as some vandalism was reported. The strike was the first of its kind since 1946. Meanwhile at Wall Street, protesters have battled the snow and prepare to face the winter.

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The Takeaway

New Austerity Measures Spark Protests in Greece

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Massive labor strikes have turned violent in Greece as thousands of protesters have clashed with police in the streets of Athens. The demonstrators are protesting against proposed austerity measures that would lay off more than 30,000 public sector workers while cutting pensions and salaries for those left with jobs. The Greek Parliament will vote on the final austerity package today.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Politics of Occupy Wall Street, One Month In

Monday, October 17, 2011

You meet more people who voted for [Obama] really thinking it was their last-ditch attempt at using politics to get what they wanted...They saw this once-in-a-generation chance to really change America and they think it's gone, so they're being realistic about what they can do now...They've moved on from thinking they can get anything done in Washington.

—Slate political reporter Dave Weigel on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Schoolbook

Math Do-Over for State Officials on School Safety

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did state education officials' failure to read all the tabs on an Excel spreadsheet lead to the low count of violent episodes in New York City schools? State officials concede that they listed 20,000 fewer cases than had been reported to them, and say they are now recalculating the total, as well as revising the list of "persistently dangerous schools."

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The Takeaway

A Tea Party Activist Responds to Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 10, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protests enter their fourth week, a number of media commentators have made the inevitable comparison to the Tea Party movement that has galvanized conservative politics for the last two years. But are the two movements really that similar, or is the comparison simply a convenient media narrative? Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer has been quoted dismissing the movement as "a kid having a temper tantrum because their parents won't buy them the whole ice-cream store." (Read a transcript of the interview after the jump.)

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It's A Free Country ®

Naomi Klein on Occupy Wall Street

Thursday, October 06, 2011

You watch US media and the question is “why are they protesting?” where, everywhere else in the world, the question is, “what took them so long?”

—  Naomi Klein, syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian and author of The Shock Doctrine  and No Logo, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

First Hand Insight from Syria's National Council

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Since mid-March of this year, pro-democracy protests have engulfed most of Syria, and in August, Syrian opposition formed the 94-member National Council, to aid in the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier this week, the council warned that the country may find itself in the midst of a civil war if Assad doesn't step down. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Susan Rice, the United States' ambassador to the UN, blasted China and Russia for vetoing a resolution condemning the violence of the Assad government.

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The Wall Street Take on Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The government is in a real pickle here, if the bank stocks continue to collapse, about what they can do. If the idea were floated that there were going to be another bailout, you would have 50 million Americans march on Washington with torches and pitchforks.

Henry Blodget, editor in chief and CEO of Business Insider, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

New York Federal Reserve Chair Responds to Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests continue in lower Manhattan today. Demonstrators are protesting perceived excessive greed by the super-wealthy and economic inequality as epitomized by Wall Street. The protests have grown in popularity over the last three weeks, and similar events are happening all over the country, including cities like Boston and Miami. On Monday, The Takeaway spoke with J.A. Myerson, from the media team for the Occupy Wall Street movement, about why he's protesting and what future he sees for the movement.

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It's A Free Country ®

Comments Round-Up: Reactions to Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 03, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protests escalate, so do the comments. Time for a good old-fashioned round-up: Here's what people have been saying on The Brian Lehrer Show and on It's a Free Country. Read and weigh in for yourself.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What We Know About Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 03, 2011

Writer and editor of Waging Nonviolence, Nathan Schneider, examines the protests and movement taking place around Occupy Wall Street.

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From Christie to Wall Street, All Eyes on New York

Monday, October 03, 2011

We've seen the kind of trouble Rick Perry has gotten into for the very acceptable position he takes in Texas on immigration: It is almost disqualifying for him in these primaries, and I think Chris Christie could face a very similar process.

— USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Protests Spread After 700 Occupy Wall Street Protesters Arrested

Monday, October 03, 2011

Over 700 protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement were arrested on Saturday while attempting to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. Police said the arrests were made because protesters were obstructing the roadway, though many protesters have charged that the NYPD tricked them by allowing them onto the bridge. The movement, now in its third week, has spread from a handful of protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park to demonstrations in Boston, Washington, Denver, Los Angeles, and other cities.

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The Takeaway

What's Next for the Occupy Wall Street Movement?

Monday, October 03, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been gaining momentum since they began in downtown Manhattan two weeks ago. More than a few pundits have noted the leaderless movement is using Arab Spring-style tactics as their inspiration. Like the protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Occupy Wall Street supporters are extremely adept at using social media to spread their message. Their camp in the Financial District's Zuccotti Park is impressively organized, with a reception area, media zone, medical clinic, library and cafeteria. But despite structure on the ground, one criticism that’s been repeatedly levied at them is their lack of unified demands. The protesters want to end greed and corruption but don’t necessarily agree as to what that means in practice. 

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WNYC News

Look | Protesters March to Police Plaza

Friday, September 30, 2011

Over a thousand protesters marched from Wall Street to NYPD headquarters early Friday evening.

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