The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor Fulop, Defending PATH

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop argues that Governor Christie's veto of overnight PATH service will hurt the state.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Does Russia Care So Much About Syria Anyway?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Russia has been a consistent supporter of Syria, most notably threatening to veto any UN action. But why? Washington Post foreign policy blogger Max Fisher explains Putin's thinking.


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New Jersey News

DOMA: Christie's Veto on Gay Marriage Excludes Gay Couples in New Jersey From Federal Benefits

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Gov. Chris Christie's veto on gay marriage means same-sex couples in New Jersey are now excluded from receiving 1,138 federal benefits awarded to same-sex married couples in 13 other states where gay marriage is legal.

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Council Overrides Bloomberg Veto on Wage Bill

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The City Council voted Tuesday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of the so-called prevailing wage bill on Tuesday — meaning some building employees working at developments that benefit from city funds will soon earn more money.


Transportation Nation

NYC Mayor Stuck On "Shame Stickers"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An example of the "shame sticker." (Photo by Kilgub via Flickr)

(New York -- Kathleen Horan, WNYC) Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he plans to veto legislation that would put an end to the Sanitation Department's so-called 'shame' stickers on cars. The mayor said he supports the 25-year-old practice of plastering a fluorescent sticker on cars that violate alternate side parking rules.

"I think it’s one of the less productive things that could be legislated," Bloomberg explained. "Stickers are an enforcement tool that have helped to keep our streets clean and if you take them away, there's no reason to believe that we won't go back to the dirty streets that we had before stickers were put in there."

The City Council approved legislation last week that would ban the stickers, saying they unfairly punish drivers before they're allowed to prove their innocence... and because they're too difficult to remove.

The Sanitation Department has said the threat of the stickers has helped increase compliance.

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The Takeaway

Two Congressmen on the National Defense Authorization Bill

Friday, December 16, 2011

The National Defense Authorization Act for next year has been met with criticism by civil liberties organizations for provisions that they say would allow American citizens suspected of terrorist activities to be detained indefinitely. As the House and Senate work on versions of the bill, President Obama has quietly withdrawn a veto threat for the legislation — something he campaigned on as a presidential candidate in 2008. A Gallup from August shows that 71 percent of Americans believe basic civil liberties should not be violated, even if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The eurozone after Cameron's veto, and the Durban climate talks

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The eurozone after Cameron's veto and the Durban climate talks


It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Bring Back the Line Item Veto!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Most states give their governors the power that President Clinton had from 1996 through 1998, where he could personally pick out certain parts of spending bills for him to veto, rather than vetoing or accepting entire packages of legislation.

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Taxi Driver Protection Act Vetoed

Monday, September 20, 2010


Governor Paterson vetoed a bill on Monday that would increase penalties for those convicted of assaulting a cab driver. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman, the author of the bill, said it is difficult to believe the governor rejected the Taxi Driver's Protection Act, which had near-unanimous support in both houses of the legislature.

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