Stephen Reader

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Cuomo Talks Rebuilding Empire at State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

In his first State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon, Govenor Andrew Cuomo laid out his plans for reorganizing New York state government, closing the $10 billion budget deficit, and acting on a host of progressive social issues.

He said streamlining government and taking on the deficit go hand in hand. "This is not just a budget exercise," Cuomo said. "This is a fundamental realignment for the state. You can't make up these savings over this period of time through a cutting or trimming exercise. We need to reorganize government agencies and redesign our approach, because the old way wasn't working anyway."

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Connecticut's New Guv: The Real Malloy

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We can expect some sort of tax hike, some sort of cut to state services, some sort of negotiation with state employee unions, and beyond that, I'm not sure what. I think even Governor...

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Cuomo and New York's Business

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Business spends plenty of money focused on narrow industry interests. Same with organizaed labor and other special interest groups, they tend to focus narrowly. The challenge Cuomo wi...

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A Tale of Two Governors: How Cuomo and Malloy Will Tackle Their Budget Crises

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

As the new governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo has pledged to freeze the salary increases of state employees, veto any increase in personal or corporate income taxes, and ...


What's In Store For Governor Cuomo

Monday, January 03, 2011

You're talking about freezing salaries, capping state spending, these changes in worker status. I think Cuomo's saying, we've got to rip this thing up and start over again. A lot of...

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The Tarnished Bloomberg Brand

Monday, January 03, 2011

I think peopls will be very angry for a very long time about the city's response...To say it's Bloomberg's Katrina is overstated, but it really chips into his image as someone who "...

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Cuomo Details Decision to Move State of the State Address, Not Much Else

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has been mostly silent lately about his plans for New York, but he's got a lot to say about his plan to present them. Today Cuomo announced that the annual...


How the 111th Congress Changed Our Lives

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Congress usually draws the most attention for the things it doesn’t accomplish. The 111th session was no different, but all the partisan bickering, deadlock, and frequent threats of...

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End-of-Life Counseling Back from the Dead

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I think it’s important to remember that it’s really important for people to have these discussions, and I think that importance got totally lost in all that “death panel” business t...

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What Happened in 2010: Jobs and the Economy

Monday, December 20, 2010

The United States' economy continued to struggle in 2010 as policymakers attempted to navigate the difficult transition from recession to recovery. A high, stubborn, stagnant unemployment rate serves as the backdrop to a year in which further stimulus measures were considered, the financial industry faced reform, and politicians prepared to compromise on the Bush tax cuts.

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What Happened in 2010: Iraq and Afghanistan

Monday, December 20, 2010

The year in Iraq and Afghanistan was marked by grim milestones in the US occupation, fraudulent and confusing elections, sudden changes in military command, and a lot of leaked information. Here's what you may have missed.

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After "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's a Free Country we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, Commander Beth Coye, former naval officer and author of My Navy Tooreacted to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy affecting gay servicemen and women.

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Quantitative Easing, Qualified Unease

Friday, December 17, 2010

I think a lot of people were blindsided by the agreement Obama worked out with congressional Republicans to not only extend the Bush tax cuts but to add on with payroll tax cuts and s...

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Afghanistan Review Shows Fragile Gains, Fragile Governments

Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's a Free Country we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR national security correspondent Rachel Martin reviewed the Obama administration's assessment of the war in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan After Holbrooke

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You could feel in his commentary skepticism about America's Afghanistan project, and I found this really revealing given the final words he's alleged to have said before he was sedate...

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Thomas Frank on The Magic Middle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

If the Democrats in the House scuttle this thing, it's just clear as day what happens. Taxes go up on everybody on New Year's Eve. The Republicans take control of the House a week la...

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Echoes of Ellsberg in WikiLeaks Controversy

Friday, December 10, 2010

People who thought Julian Assange or Bradley Manning are immoral now, people like that certainly thought I was immoral at the time. Manning I see as the first person in 40 years who h...

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For Liberals, Little Comfort in Tax Cut Compromise

Friday, December 10, 2010

I think the Democrats need to draw a line in the sand now. They were real wimps during the election and Republicans were all about the deficit, the deficit, the deficit. And now they ...

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Will the Tea Party Settle for Compromise?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

There's no question that they want to keep their promises, myself included. The reality is that sometimes you have to play the cards that you're dealt. I don't think it's prudent to s...

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Health Care for 9/11 Workers? Not so Fast

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most recently, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand, who've been working hard to get this passed, have proposed a whole bunch of options, sort of a menu list, and told Republicans t...