It’s campaign season and politics is in the air. Former New York senator Hillary Clinton and Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders debated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Reporter Laura Gamba went to take in the scene.
North Carolina is making headlines this week for a new bill signed into law which discriminates against the LGBT community. Equality North Carolina is an organization dedicated to securing rights for LGBT individuals. Shandukani Mulaudzy asked executive director Chris Sgro what led up to the vote.
Today is the last day for New Yorkers to register to vote in the presidential primaries. And New Yorkers are registering in droves. The State’s online voter registration system is experiencing a surge in applications, in just 10 days, over 40,000 people registered to vote online, half of which were first time voters. As Alison Vicrobeck reports, Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy is pushing more minority and female voters to sign up.
In the last Presidential election the percentage of black voters was higher than the percentage of white….by 2 percent. 66 percent to 64. Celebrities, community influencers and student groups worked to mobilize the black vote. Now…with presidential primaries in full swing again. Black Votes Matter a New York based PAC, is trying to recreate that momentum. Jaki Johnson reports.
This has been a major week for the Republican party. Donald Trump was able to confirm his position as frontrunner in the party’s presidential primaries. At the same time, establishment Republicans have voiced their concerns about Trump’s candidacy.
I spoke with Thomas Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Sciences at Boston University. He shared his biggest takeaways from this week.
Last night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went head-to-head in their first one-on-one debate in New Hampshire. The discussion covered everything from capital punishment to foreign policy. Moderators Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd helped highlight the candidates’ major differences.
Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges in Baltimore. The city has seen marches all week. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, the author of “Letters to my Black Sons: Raising Boys in Post-Racial America,” joined the protests alongside her two sons, aged 12 and 14.
April 24, 2015 marks the 100 year anniversary for the Armenian genocide. Many countries including the United States do not consider the mass killing a genocide. Today, Armenians still fight for the recognition of what happened a century ago.
The New York State DREAM Act would allow undocumented teens and adults who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for financial aid. The bill didn’t make it into the state’s new budget. Supporters of the bill are not giving up. Nardos Mesmer has the story.
You don’t need to look far beyond last week’s headlines to find a story of corruption in New Jersey.
This month, longtime New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez pled not guilty to charges of bribery brought by federal prosecutor Paul Fishman.
Correspondent Tyler Daniels went back to his home state in an attempt to figure out why New Jersey’s history — both recent and past — has been so plagued by scandal.
This Wednesday, Wikimedia and eight other organizations sued the NSA. The lawsuit challenges the agency’s widespread use of mass surveillance online. I spoke with Michelle Paulson, senior legal counsel for Wikimedia, about how they believe the NSA’s program is damaging to privacy and even freedom.
For most musicians, the sign, and sound, of a breakthrough is when you hear yourself on the radio. Now, if you wrote the song, you get royalties every time it’s played. But the performer doesn’t. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where AM and FM radio stations don’t pay royalties to performers. And now, a new resolution introduced in Congress aims to make sure they never have to. But Hanna Klingberg hears the sounds of change.
The Justice Department will soon press corruption charges against New Jersey senator Robert Menendez. The case centers on the financial relationship between Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist. That’s happening less than a month months after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted for corruption. Fordham Law School hosted a conference today to address how corruption affects American politics, and suggested a few answers.