Congressman Charlie Rangel has declared victory in New York's 13th congressional district Democratic primary. But he only leads Adriano Espaillat by about two thousand votes, and a significant number of absentee ballots have yet to be counted. WNYC political reporter Brigid Bergin and Data News team's John Keefe break down the politics and data of the super-close race.
There’s a new report out that alleges corrupt misdeeds in Albany, including hidden campaign expenditures and bundles of contributions made to non-profits connected to lawmakers. Among the many findings, one stood out to us: A non-profit, housed in a New York City storefront, has received $3 million in funding from state lawmakers to provide medical services, but doesn't appear to have offered much in the way of services.
Former Congressman Lee Hamilton told Brooke that the best way to get answers from the Department of Homeland Security is for constituents to put pressure on their representatives in Congress. Now the Data News Team at WNYC has created a tool to help do just that. Bob speaks to John Keefe, WNYC's Senior Editor for Data News and Journalism Technology, about the new tool, and how listeners can use it to do their own investigative reporting.
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