Alec Hamilton

Associate Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Bloomberg Backs DA's Decision to Bring Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the Manhattan District Attorney's decision to bring charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss Kahn  — even though the credibility of the woman who accused him of attempted rape has now been called into question.


Online Altar Opens for Same-Sex Couples

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Same-sex couples can begin the application process for marriage licenses online Tuesday.

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States vs. Feds: Obama Administration Scores a Win on Health Care Reform

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The first of three court opinions on the constitutionality of the health care reform law passed by President Obama came in Wednesday, with the court finding in favor of the Obama administration.

The ruling specifically looked at the constitutionality of the individual mandate, that part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act which requires all Americans to purchase insurance or pay a penalty with their income taxes.


Not With A Bang, But A Whimper: Gun Bill Quiet Senate Casualty

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Micro-Marked Firing Pins

In all the uproar over the New York Senate voting on important things like gay marriage and state vegetables, one important piece of legislation was left to languish. A bill to require guns sold or manufactured in New York be equipped with microstamping technology was a quiet casualty of the Senate session that just ended. 

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BoA, QE2, EU: What To Do?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The problems that came to the surface in 2008 are still there, they’re just lurking not very far beneath the surface. — Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Instit...

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Opponents of Same Sex Marriage Plan Their Next Moves

Saturday, June 25, 2011


While the West Village erupted in celebration on Friday evening, not everyone was happy abut the passage of the Marriage Equality Act.

The Catholic Bishops of New York issued a joint statement on Friday condemning the vote, saying they were "deeply disappointed and troubled" by the passage of a bill that will "alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage."

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The Cost of the Extra Days of Deliberations in Albany

Friday, June 24, 2011

When the New York State legislature passed the budget by their March 31 deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was an achievement.

"Tonight the Legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget for the people of the state of New York," Governor Cuomo said. "It was an invaluable public service for the state government to 'function' so well at this difficult time."

On Wednesday, as lawmakers blew past the scheduled day of session on June 20 with major pieces of legislation still pending, Cuomo took a different tack on Albany's speed.

"If it takes a little bit more time, it takes a little bit more time," the governor told reporters. "I would much rather get it right than rush it."


The Debt Ceiling Impasse

Friday, June 24, 2011

The expectation was that at a certain point they’d have to leave the hard decisions to President Obama and to the Speaker of the House. — Congressional Quarterly senior writer Joseph...

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Listeners Respond: Obama's Cautious Gay Marriage Stance

Friday, June 24, 2011

People don’t have to get a marriage visa every time they cross the George Washington bridge. Unfortunately, though, there has been a gay exception carved into the way our country trea...

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Supreme Court Decisions

Thursday, June 23, 2011

[I]f the first amendment continues to bar efforts to protect privacy, then privacy may really have an uphill battle in the future. — Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at The George Was...

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Cuomo, State Workers Union Reach Deal on New Labor Contract

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the union representing 66,000 state workers in the executive branch have reached a contract agreement.


Christine Todd Whitman on Nuclear Power

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The tritium leaks are something about which you have got to be concerned. Even [though] the AP says none of them have reached drinking water aquifers, it’s still not something you wa...

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One Nation Under AARP

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

AARP may be the only major force out there that can put the brakes on what seems to be a gathering coalition to really cut into Medicare and to really cut into Social Security. — Fre...

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Campaign Finance Ruling May Make NYC a Model for the Nation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A year after the Citizens United ruling opened the tap to allow corporate money to pour into elections, the Supreme Court appears poised to weigh in on whether public financing is a constitutional way to combat the influence of money in electoral politics.

In the next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of a program in Arizona that provides matching public funds to candidates for office who face opponents with greater resources. If that program is struck down, public financing programs nationwide may need to be reconfigured, and New York City's public financing system may become the new model. 


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Last Call for Anthony Weiner

Friday, June 17, 2011

If somebody runs in a special election and is victorious and serves in Congress just to fill out the term and then leaves, are they eligible for a congressional pension? — A question...

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Weiner Resignation Opens an Opportunity: Possible Contenders

Friday, June 17, 2011

Now that Rep. Anthony Weiner has announced his resignation, It's A Free Country takes a look at some of the possible contenders for that Ninth District seat.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner Resigns Amid Scandal

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, 10 days after he first admitted he had sexually charged online relationships with several women: "Today, I a...

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From Redistricting to Resigning, Pressure Mounts on Weiner

Thursday, June 09, 2011

If Anthony Weiner is seen as being toxic to this kind of core constituency for Democrats nationally, he becomes a liability to the party as they’re heading into an election season. —...

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Weathering the Storm: What Anthony Weiner Can Learn From These Sex Scandal Survivors

Monday, June 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner isn't resigning post-sex-scandal, and he's far from the first to try to keep his office in the wake of public shaming. He might want to take lessons from this list of pols who got tangled up in sex-scandals and ended up bruised, but not destroyed. Here are eight political careers that went on despite scandal.

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Watch: Weiner Cops to Lewd Twitter Photos, Breitbart Crashes Stage

Monday, June 06, 2011

In one of the more head-scratching resolutions to a political sex scandal in recent memory, Anthony Weiner today admitted that he did in fact send lewd photos of himself to women he'd met on the internet.

In an emotional and bizzare press conference at the midtown Sheraton this afternoon, Anthony Weiner admitted that he had contact through social media with several women from around the country. He reiterated several times that he had never met any of these women in person, but that his actions constitute "a personal failing" that will no doubt cast his political future into question.