Alec Hamilton

Associate Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

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.


Weiner Admits He Sent Twitter Photos

Monday, June 06, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he was the one responsible for sending a lewd photo of himself to a college student on Twitter but stopped short of resigning from his post a week after first drawing fire for the image.

The website posted several pictures that appear to be New York Congressman Anthony Weiner getting intimate and topless on a webcam, and has published a series of "sext" messages they claim were sent from Weiner to a woman they identify as "middle-aged and from Nevada."

On Monday Anthony Weiner admitted that he has had "inappropriate online conversations" with about six women over the past three years - including while being married to senior Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.


Melinda Henneberger Sets Washington's Week

Monday, June 06, 2011

In a way she’s doing exactly what she promised, because she promised that this trip around America would be to get us talking and remembering and being grateful for American history, ...

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Tax Cap for Rent Regs

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Rent regulation and the property tax cap is about giving people certainty that they can afford to live in their homes... people can plan based on those issues. — NYS Assembly Speaker...

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Anthony Weiner’s Twitter Trouble

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Politics is and has always been, not some sort of bloodless abstract pursuit, but it’s very much about the people who are in it, and this is part of that, and sex is part of that. — ...

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Weiner Says Lewd Photo the Work of Hacker

Monday, May 30, 2011

Let the Wiener jokes commence.


Single Payer in Vermont

Thursday, May 26, 2011

If Vermont is able to control costs better than neighboring states, then they will be a magnet for employment. People won’t mind exactly how they pay for it as long as the total cost ...

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Euro-Zone Economics

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It has been described as Lehman Brothers to the power of ten, if that happens. — Marketplace reporter Stephen Beard, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Kucinich Looks Forward

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I think the American people ought to be fed up with a government that says one thing and does another. And if I do anything and add to this debate, it’s to just call it as I see it, a...

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What Was Behind the Oil Industry Tax Break Repeal?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Tuesday a bill was blocked by the Senate that would have repealed about two billion dollars in tax breaks currently enjoyed by the five biggest oil companies. The majority actually voted in favor of the bill, 52-48, but because it was a procedural vote (a vote on whether to vote on the measure), it required a 60-member majority to proceed.

The voting split along predictable party lines for the most part, though three Democrats — Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, Alaska’s Mark Begich, and Nebraska’s Ben Nelson — voted against it.  Two Republicans voted for the measure: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both from Maine.

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Supreme Court Wrap-Up

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I have never in my life witnessed a starker example of judicial ideology driving results, and it leads one to wonder if we are doing something horribly wrong in this country when judg...

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Bloomberg Trying Out the Prez Pitch in DC?

Monday, May 16, 2011


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in DC yesterday, reasserting his support for gay marriage and sounding much like someone considering an election bid.

He spoke today to nearly seven-thousand George Washington University graduates and their families and friends on the Mall in Washington DC, extolling the virtues of political independence as the key to a bipartisan-bickering-free future.  While his jokes occasionally fell flat (University President Steven Knapp has a sheep farm, "Not that I'm saying President Knapp is full of sheep!") Bloomberg mostly seemed warmly received, even as he launched into inevitable parables about 9/11 and coming together as a nation. 

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Richard Codey on New Jersey Politics

Friday, May 13, 2011

My feeling is, if you’re the governor, you lead by example, and you can disagree with people, but be a gentleman. And [Christie's] style is different, and that’s his right, no questio...

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PATH, Amtrak Accidents Cause Delays in City

Sunday, May 08, 2011

An empty Amtrak train derailed in a tunnel under the East River a day after a PATH train crash injured more than 30 people in New Jersey, tying up the Monday commute for thousands o...

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