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Newark Is Making an Economic, and Moral, Case for an Amazon HQ

10/17/2017
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Amazon is on the hunt for a second headquarters, and cities around the country, from Tuscon to Frisco to Danbury, are competing to host it. "There is no other place in the country that Amazon should go but here," argued Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Monday. "Everything else is a cliche. Right? Brooklyn sounds like a cliche, so does Denver, it's all cliche-ish." Whether the trash talk works or not, Newark is betting that something else will make Amazon listen: money. Mayor Baraka, Gov. Chris...

Duration: 00:05:10


Remembering Black Monday, a Day of “Utter Devastation” on Wall Street

10/17/2017
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October 19th marks the 30th anniversary of what's called "Black Monday" when the Dow Jones had its biggest one-day percentage drop in its history; it was one of the worst days in trading in Wall Street ever. To this day, there’s still no agreement as to what exactly sparked the crash, with historians and government officials pointing to a variety of contributing factors. But a major suspect in what it so bad was and investment strategy known as portfolio insurance. "We came so close to a...

Duration: 00:07:45


As Baseball Playoffs Come to the Bronx, We've Got Your Yankees v. Astros Trashtalk

10/16/2017
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Using short words that Brian Straw of Houston Public Media might understand, WNYC's Jim O'Grady explained that the Yankees have fallen two games behind in a playoff series before, only to come roaring back for the win. It happened just last week against the Indians behind the sterling starting pitching of C.C. Sabathia, who starts Game 3 against the Astros tonight in the Bronx. Speaking slowly, as if to a simpleton, Straw countered that the Astros were the best-hitting team in the major...

Duration: 00:04:49


New Jersey's Voting Machines Are Vulnerable to Hacking

10/16/2017
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Next month, New Jersey residents will head to the polls to cast their votes for the state's next governor. But election watchdogs are warning that New Jersey voting machines on are at high risk of cyberattack—and it would be simple for a hacker to manipulate results without a trace. As Aaron Sankin reported for Reveal, New Jersey is one of only a handful of states to use voting machines that don't use paper ballots as a backup in case its digital systems fail. Without a verifiable paper...

Duration: 00:04:48


What To Do About Guns? NJ Governor Candidates Disagree

10/16/2017
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With an election just weeks away, New Jersey's two leading candidates for governor are describing their vastly different plans for regulating firearms. The issue is receiving fresh attention, following a mass shooting in Las Vegas in which a man killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds more, using a vast cache of guns. On Sunday, Republican candidate Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor, gave the keynote address to the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, an...

Duration: 00:00:43


5 Top Questions Voters Have for New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidates

10/16/2017
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When Republican candidate Kim Guadagno says property taxes are the number one issue in the 2017 gubernatorial campaign, she may be right. WNYC asked for voters' questions (submit your question here), and the most frequent requests were surprising. 1. Property Taxes Voters want to know how the candidates will lower them, and in a sign that many New Jersey residents are frustrated with the promises of previous governors, many people want to know if the next governor would decline to run for...

Duration: 00:02:15


This Week in Politics: The Fight to Run Westchester County

10/14/2017
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While the candidates running for the top positions in New Jersey and New York City have been getting all the attention, there's another race that could be much closer than either of them: Westchester County executive. There, two-term incumbent Rob Astorino, a Republican, is being challenged by state Sen. George Latimer, a Democrat. Even though Westchester has twice as many registered Democrats than Republicans, the top county position generally goes to the GOP because more Republicans...

Duration: 00:04:52


Uber Speeds Up, Tops Taxi Rides For The First Time

10/13/2017
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New Yorkers called ride-shares instead of hailing cabs about 12,000 more times a day in July, according to information from the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). That's out of about 289,000 total rides. App-based car services like Uber and Lyft made the most significant gains in boroughs where the city’s iconic yellow cabs rarely venture, said Meera Joshi, who heads the TLC. “A lot of people are using them as a primary mode of transportation or to connect to public...

Duration: 00:00:42


Review: Ai Weiwei is Way, Way Ambitious

10/13/2017
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Ai Weiwei, the celebrated Chinese artist, likes to think big, and his new public-art project sprawls through all five boroughs of New York. It is comprised of 300 (!) one-of-a-kind sculptures that lavish welcome attention on the global refugee crisis. But good intentions are no guarantee of creative success, and it is not rude to ask: Is his project an artistic triumph? Yes and no. “Good Fences Makes Good Neighbors,” as it is called, takes its title from a long-ago proverb favored by...

Duration: 00:04:58


Why No Baseball Players Kneel During the National Anthem

10/12/2017
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It's been over a year since former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner," sparking a conversation about the role of political protest in sports. Yet the political storm keeps brewing. Earlier this week, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a Colts-49ers game, saying the players were disrespecting the flag. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened to bench any player who didn't stand for the national anthem. And ESPN suspended Sports...

Duration: 00:06:13


Power, Money and the Manhattan District Attorney's Sexual Misconduct Cases

10/12/2017
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Harvey Weinstein wasn't the only rich and powerful man to come under the scrutiny of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for an alleged sex offense. In 2011, International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of raping an immigrant maid in a Manhattan hotel. Vance's office got a grand jury to indict Strauss-Kahn. But the case fell apart when prosecutors determined the witness lied about something else. "They couldn't take it to trial," recalled Lisa Jackson, a...

Duration: 00:01:51


GOP Having Second Thoughts About Eliminating State and Local Tax Deductions

10/12/2017
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With a tax overhaul at the top of the Republican agenda, GOP leaders in Congress are having second thoughts about eliminating popular deductions for state and local taxes. One driving factor behind that hesitation? Widespread complaints from New York and New Jersey. Local lawmakers have been concerned about preserving the deduction since the idea of cutting it was first floated last year, but the GOP went with it anyway. Elected officials now worry it could bring down the entire tax...

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Trump Changed How These Suburbanites Feel About Politics

10/12/2017
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This story is part of a WNYC multimedia project called The People’s Guide to Power, which came out of the wave of activism that followed the 2016 presidential election. Get a closer look at how government works in our region – and how it doesn’t. See video and hear the stories of people who chose to get involved — some with more luck than others. And learn how you can take some first steps into the fray. Saily Avelenda, a suburban New Jersey working mom, knows exactly the moment when...

Duration: 00:07:51


De Blasio's Homelessness Struggle

10/12/2017
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After winning the mayoral election, Bill de Blasio promised to immediately address the unprecedented homeless crisis underway. “We have the highest number of people in shelter in the history of this city,” he said in December, 2013. “The highest number of people who are homeless in any sense literally since the Great Depression. And it simply can’t continue.” At that point, 51,018 New Yorkers were homeless. As mayor, de Blasio promised to use a different strategy to tackle homelessness....

Duration: 00:04:14


Ai Weiwei’s New Canvas: The Streets Of New York

10/11/2017
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There may be no bigger name in the art world right now than Ai Weiwei. His works fetch millions at auction. His clashes with the authorities in his native China have made him a symbol for free expression. Now, Ai Weiwei is trying to focus attention to an issue he cares deeply about — the growing number of refugees and displaced people around the globe. “65 million people being pushed away from their homes. None of them really want to leave their country but they have to,” Ai said in an...

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Manhattan D.A. Defends Decision Not to Prosecute Weinstein in 2015

10/11/2017
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As dozens of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment continue to emerge against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance defended the decision not to prosecute a case against him in 2015. Vance acknowledged the disturbing nature of audio that's emerged from that case, from a model who wore a wire as part of an NYPD sting. But he said he and fellow prosecutors in his office's Sex Crimes Unit determined the case against Weinstein wasn't provable at...

Duration: 00:00:44


5 Takeaways From The Rowdy Mayoral Debate Everyone's Still Talking About

10/11/2017
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The three leading candidates for mayor faced off at Manhattan's Symphony Space Tuesday night during a debate that at times felt more like a wrestling match or a street fight than a moderated discussion. There was non-stop booing, heckling and screaming. One rowdy audience member was booted from the event on live television, where viewers also saw a candidate's microphone clipped more than once for not adhering to the rules of engagement. #NYCVotes #NY1Debate...

Duration: 00:04:21


Reports Say Manhattan D.A. Declined to Prosecute Weinstein

10/10/2017
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In 2015, the NYPD helped an Italian model record Harvey Weinstein acknowledging that he groped her, but Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance decided it wasn't sufficient evidence of a crime, according to a new report. The New Yorker posted a 2015 audio recording of Weinstein with the model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, that she reportedly made with help from the NYPD. The woman went to police after she said Weinstein groped her breasts during a meeting. She then agreed to meet him...

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The Ticking Time Bomb Faced by Next NJ Governor

10/10/2017
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New Jersey’s public pension system faces a $253 billion crisis that could result in higher taxes for residents, fewer services or even bankruptcy for state government. Gov. Chris Christie will hand that fiscal time bomb to a new chief executive that state voters elect in November. “The next guy is going to face this – whoever he or she is. And it’s going to be worse. And let me tell you, when the state runs out of money, don’t think the state is going to pay this. They’re not!” warned...

Duration: 00:06:02


Immigrant Advocates Reject Trump Immigration Proposals

10/10/2017
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Some immigration advocates say the immigration policy measures the Trump administration wants to implement in exchange for legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants are unacceptable. “What this is saying is...let’s protect immigrant youth so that so that we can hurt the rest of the immigrant community,” said Cristina Jimenez, the executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, the largest youth-led immigrants group in the country. Besides building a southern...

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