Alec Hamilton

Senior Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Connie Mack's Plan to Balance the Budget, One Penny at a Time

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Florida Congressman Connie Mack has a plan to save the country from its growing deficit, using nothing but pennies.

Mack, a Republican, is promoting a "one-cent solution" to balance the budget in eight years by cutting spending every year by one percent. The proposal, called the One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011, aims to eliminate one penny from every dollar spent by the federal government, reducing the GDP from 25 percent to 18 percent and then capping it there.

The ideas seems popular among GOP lawmakers. The Act lists thirteen co-sponsors, and at least one more, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, has announced intention to sign on once the recess is over. Several key conservative organizations have endorsed the plan, including FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union and the One Cent Solution.


New Immigration Policy Offers Hope to the DREAM-Act Eligible

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We’re talking about a pretty large number of people across the country, as many as three-quarters of a million, 750,000 people, across the country, who might immediately be eligible i...

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NJ Rep. Lance: Washington Must Next Act on Jobs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I am willing to consider the proposals of the president… my personal view is what we need is certainty in the economy. — New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) discusses what he...

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What To Expect From Obama's Jobs Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A short term band-aid is not the worst thing in the world. — Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Mormonism and American Politics

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The LDS membership, notably in Utah, is the most faithful to the Republican party than any other group, even more than people who identify as evangelicals. — Richard N. Ostling, fo...

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Art From the Disintegration of an Empire

Friday, August 12, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Liz White talks with WQXR and WNYC arts critic Carolina Miranda about the former Soviet bloc exhibits at MoMA and the New Museum.


Rangel Turns 81 In Good Company

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Charlie Rangel's birthday bash fundraiser was a bit like an encyclopedia of Democratic New York politics.

Present at the Plaza Hotel ballroom were Assemblyman (and CD-9 hopeful) David Weprin, Queens Party boss Congressman Joe Crowley, and former NYC mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.

Onstage, Dinkins referred to the small group of protesters standing in front of the Plaza, calling for the resignation of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (also present). Dinkins said it reminded him of last year's party, when people protested Rangel.


Meet Congress' Debt Super Committee

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Congress has named the first few picks for the deficit reduction “super committee.” It’s A Free Country takes a look at some of the people charged with determining where to cut $1.5 trillion out of the nations budget over the next ten years.

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Rangel Talks Re-Election, Obama and Harlem's Changing Demographics

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The always irrepressible Charlie Rangel is holding a fundraiser and birthday bash tonight, headlined by Aretha Franklin. It's A Free Country caught up with the Congressman for a few words in a coffee shop at Rockefeller Center, where he had just finished an appearance on MSNBC.

Does a fundraiser mean ...

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Jimmy McMillan's Rent is Too Damn Low

Friday, August 05, 2011

Presidential candidate Jimmy McMillan, who ran for governor of New York because "the rent is too damn high," says he's being evicted from his rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment because his rent is too damn low.


Explainer: Understanding Public Matching Funds Means Following the Money

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The election that will determine the next mayor of New York City may not be for two years still, but the fundraising has already begun. As the races heat up, one huge player in New York City election financing will be the public matching funds program. But what is that program exactly?

It's A Free Country breaks down the massive undertaking that is the New York City Campaign Finance Board's public matching funds program.


Rep. David Wu Formally Resigns

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Oregonian Representative David Wu formally announced Wednesday that he is resigning from Congress.


David Weprin for NY-9

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Where I come from, sixty-forty is a pretty significant victory, so I’d be very happy to get sixty percent. — Democratic candidate David Weprin for CD-9, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Explainer: The Debt Deal - What Happens Next and What's on the Chopping Block?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

At the last second and after weeks of contentious partisan posturing, the president and Congress have agreed on a deal to raise the public debt ceiling and reduce future deficits. But what does the bill actually do? Who's going to be affected and what's in line to get cut? 

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Congress, Obama Reach Debt Ceiling Agreement

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

President Obama and Congress reached a deal on raising the debt ceiling today, averting a potential debt default just hours ahead of midnight deadline.

The framework for the deal, which was announced on Sunday by Congressional leaders, raises the debt ceiling in two stages - an initial $1 trillion now to stave off the threat of immediate default, and a second, $1.4 trillion to be proposed by a newly created congressional committee that would have to agree upon cuts.

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Anyone Want A Sugar-Coated Satan Sandwich?

Monday, August 01, 2011

You’re going to see a lot of sound and fury from Tea Party groups and Republicans who have an edge in opposing the deal… The guys who want an advantage want to look more ideological,...

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Debt Limit Debate: Obama and Congress Reach a Deal

Monday, August 01, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the debt-limit deal reached last night between President B...

Boehner's Debt-Ceiling Bill Passes House, Scuttled by Senate

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The House on Friday approved the plan put forward by House Speaker John Boehner to raise the debt-ceiling. The two-stage plan called for $3 trillion in cuts to government spending in order to lift the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2, and another vote on the issue toward the end of 2012.

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Bob Turner Makes His Case for NY-9, Anthony Weiner's Seat

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It began when I asked a neighbor who is involved in politics who was running against Mr. Weiner and whether he was getting a free ride, and I was told no one— but I would be more than...

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Oregon Democratic Resigns Following Accusations of Unwanted Sex with Teen

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Democratic Congressman David Wu of Oregon will resign immediately following the debt ceiling debate, the Oregonian is reporting.