Can Albany Open the Door on Three Men in a Room?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver rattled Albany last month, but will it put a dent in the broader structure of three men controlling all the political decisions?

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The State of the Union Cannot Be Saved Edition

Friday, January 31, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The "State of the Union" is lame, immigration reform is unlikely, and new news is the news.



Future of Met Council in Doubt After CEO Charged With Stealing

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty has been around since 1972, but a financial scandal could prove devastating for the charity.  


Transportation Nation

DC's Silver Line Reaches Construction Milestone

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Workers use a truss to lower the 380-tons of concrete span into place. (Photo by Armando Trull/WAMU)

(Armando Trull - Washington, DC, WAMU) The Silver Line to Dulles marked a major milestone Tuesday. Construction crews are fitting into place the final span for the bridges to carry the Silver Line trains.

"This marks the completion of the aerial structure of this project through Tyson's Corner," says Patrick Nowakowski, the executive director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. "We have over three miles of aerial structure and this is the last span being set into place."

The crews are using a truss longer than a football field to lift and move the 380-ton span, made up of 12 custom-cast concrete segments.

"Obviously when you're picking up anything this heavy and you have workers underneath it, you have to be very careful and do this in a safe manner," Nowakowski said. "We've been at this for several years now, so we've got it pretty well perfected, we take our time and we do it the right way."

When completed in late 2013, the span will carry trains over the Capital Beltway and into the heart of the largest employment center in Virginia -- Tyson's Corner. Eventually, the line will extend to Washington Dulles International Airport.

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The Takeaway

Commodity Prices Tank

Friday, May 06, 2011

Commodity prices tanked on Thursday, as oil fell 8.6 percent and silver dropped 8 percent. This comes after disappointing economic reports showing that consumers are spending less due to rising food and energy prices, and business are hiring at a slower pace. We talk with The New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story about the volatility of the commodities market.



Dems to Silver: Don't Cut Education - Tax the Wealthy

Monday, March 07, 2011

Democrats in the New York Assembly have a message for Speaker Sheldon Silver: don't cut education - tax the rich.

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Koch Rips Republicans: They Are 'Derailing' Redistricting Reform

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is accusing Senate Republicans of "derailing" redistricting reform, and breaking a pledge they made to the ex-mayor’s reform group during the most recent election campaign.

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The New Yorker: Fiction

Marisa Silver reads Peter Taylor

Friday, September 11, 2009

Marisa Silver reads Peter Taylor's "Porte-Cochere."