Archive for August 2012

Economic Squeeze; Campaign Finance Reform; RNC Wrap Up

August 31, 2012 - 01:20 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Joslyn Williams about the impact our nation's struggling economy is having on the middle class.

Then, DC Attorney General Irv Nathan went into detail about the proposal Mayor Vincent Gray has put together for campaign finance reform.

And, Political Strategist Bob Rusbuldt weighed in on the final day of the Republican National Convention. Rusbuldt shared his thoughts on Mitt Romney's speech and the "interesting" address by Clint Eastwood.

 

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Voter ID Laws; RNC Wraps Up; 2012 Redskins

August 30, 2012 - 02:53 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Ryan Reilly of www.talkingpointsmemo.com about the growing number of voter identification laws popping up around the country. Is photo identification really necesssarry at the polls?

And, Patrick Mara joined us by phone to talk about his experience as a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Then, we weighed in on Wednesday's RNC speakers with Politico Reporter MJ Lee.

Plus, the Redskins end their preseason with a big win over the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. SportsTalk "After the Game" Host Alex Parker shared his thoughts on the team's performance and what we can expect from the Skins this season.

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Why DC is broken; Hurricane Isaac

August 29, 2012 - 01:34 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Congressional scholars Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein discuss their blockbuster new book, “It’s Worse Than It Looks,” which argues that the modern Republican Party consciously adopted a scorched earth strategy following the election of Barack Obama. This is a must-watch interview with two of the best in the business.

In our second half hour, former CNN correspondent Kathleen Koch and David Silverberg, author of “Masters of Disaster,” talked about Hurricane Isaac. Koch is a Gulf Coast native whose book, “Rising From Katrina,” traces her hometown’s recovery from the 2005 hurricane.

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RNC Preview; Smart Meter Fight; West Nile Virus

August 27, 2012 - 02:19 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the delayed start of the Republican National Convention with Frank Sesno. He's the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Then, the fight over new "smart meters" for taxis in the District. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton joined us with more on the meters, and why not everyone is happy with the impending overhaul.

And, the West Nile Virus is spreading nearlly four times its usual rate. So what can you do to reduce your risk? We talked with Pieter Sheehan of the Fairfax County Health Department and John Barrett of Mosquito Squad.

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Nats Playoff Demands; The Guardian Angels; Child Poverty; Meat Safety

August 24, 2012 - 12:12 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Mark Segraves talked about negotiations between DC officials and the Nationals over who and will pay for extended Metro Hours, extra police, and traffic control.

In our second segment we talked about the brutal attack of a 29 year-old-man in Eastern Market. The Guardian Angels are doing their part by increasing patrols in that area. John Ayala is a member of the DC chapter, and spoke with us about thier efforts to prevent crime.

Then, Gwen Rubenstein of DC Action for Children brought to light a disturbing statistic about DC children. 1 out of 3 are living in poverty.

And finally, Shirley Rooker tells us about the potential hazards associated with grilling meat. She discusses how marinating meat beforehand can reduce cancer causing carcinogens. 

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The Strasburg debate; The work-free vacation; Child safety

August 23, 2012 - 02:23 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Dr. Scott Edwards, a surgeon at the Georgetown University Medical Center, talked about the Washington Nationals insistence that pitcher Stephen Strasburg be shut down when he reaches 160 innings, to avoid damaging his surgically-repaired throwing arm.

Do you work while you’re on vacation? Do you leave vacation time on the table? You’re not alone. Workplace expert Mary Abbajay talked about the importance of using the time off you’ve earned – and unplugging once you do.

And, in our last segments, we talked with Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy about child safety issues.


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Superintendent Starr & former RNC Chairman Steele

August 22, 2012 - 01:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr talked about the start of the new school year, the use of standardized tests, minority achievement and teacher evaluation.

Then, former RNC chairman Michael Steele previewed the upcoming conventions. We also discussed the controversy surround Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican hoping to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, the economy, and Washington gridlock.

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Q&A with Chief Lanier

August 21, 2012 - 02:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier discussed the beating of a young husband and father near Eastern Market, the shooting at the Family Research Council that left a guard injured, and the death of a Prince George’s County police officer.

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Gentrification; Rape comments cause stir; RG III and Strasburg

August 20, 2012 - 02:55 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, WPFW’s Pete Tucker talked about the impact gentrification is having on area communities. Although development often brings neighborhood renewal and job opportunities, many residents say they’re being priced out.

WJLA’s Scott Thuman and Politico’s Alex Burns talked about the ‘legitimate rape’ comments made by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri), the man hoping to unseat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

And Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report discussed the Redskins loss to the Bears, the decision facing the Nationals regarding Stephen Strasburg, and the Nats-Braves series that starts tonight.

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Casino Foes Mobilize; Hiring Our Heros; Getting Fit

August 17, 2012 - 02:03 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former Maryland Delegate Gerron Levi talked about the negative impact a gambling expansion would have on Prince George's County.

Then, Kevin Schmiegel shared information on a program he started with the Chamber of Commerce called "Hiring Our Heros." In the past 18 months it's helped 10,000 veterans find work.

And, fitness expert Josef Brandenburg offered ways to jumpstart your fitness routine and get the results you're looking for. Brandenburg is also a co-author of the book "Results Fitness."

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Conversation With Mayor Vincent Gray

August 16, 2012 - 02:51 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Mayor Vincent Gray joined us for the hour.

Among today's topics: Wednesday's shooting at the Family Research Council building in Northwest, job creation, the start of the school year, and the Mayor's Task Force on Power Line Undergrounding.

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Michael Brown; Gambling bill is signed; New Immigration Policy

August 15, 2012 - 01:20 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Councilman Michael Brown discussed the future of the panel under the leadership of new chairman Phil Mendelson. He discussed what challenges he expects the council to face in the coming weeks and his re-election bid. 

We also watched Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley sign a bill creating that would allow casino gambling across the state. Voters will have the final say on the matter this November. 

Finally, attorney Don Mooers spoke about the new "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals," a policy that will give young, undocumented immigrants limited protection from deportation. Mooers discussed the nuances of the policy as well as future debates and implications surrounding the policy.

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Gandhi takes on the Post; Dems go after Ryan; Ambulance fee agreement; Regulate Uber?

August 14, 2012 - 02:09 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC’s Chief Financial Officer rejected the Washington Post claim that his office is “giving up the store” in the way it grants property tax assessment appeals. The paper says the city is losing billions because of the CFO’s actions, a claim Gandhi and deputy Stephen Cordi strongly reject.

Politico’s White House editor, Rachel Smolkin, talked about why Democrats view Mitt Romney’s new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a ripe target for attack.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett talked about his settlement with volunteer firefighters over the proposed ambulance fee – and we discussed a pointed letter from Gov. Martin O’Malley, who takes Leggett and the school board to task over the future of a Potomac farm.

And David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington discussed Uber, the app-activated car service that has legions of fans but about whom many regulatory questions have been raised. 

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Romney picks Ryan; DC Lottery probe; The Olympics

August 13, 2012 - 02:18 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, ABC 7 Senior Political Reporter Scott Thuman and Adam Tragone of Human Events talked about Mitt Romney's selection of Rep. Paul Ryan for VP.

Washington Examiner reporter Liz Farmer discussed the DC Lottery contract that is now the center of a probe by federal prosecutors.

And, NewsChannel 8's Dave Lucas and Natasha Barrett shared their thoughts on the Olympic Games and last night's closing cermony.

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RG3'S First Test; Grading DC Teachers; Corp.Contributions; Adopt-a-Thon

August 10, 2012 - 01:52 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Robert Griffin III makes his NFL debut with the Redskins. Tom Threlkeld of DC Pro Sports Report gave his analysis of Thursday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Emma Brown of the Washington Post discussed DC School's Chancellor Kaya Henderson's changes to the "Impact" system. That's the system that grades teacher's performance in the classroom.

And, Elissa Silverman talked about the fight to prevent corporations from providing donations to political candidates in DC. Organizers of Initiative 70 hit a snag this week when the DC Board of Elections ruled they hadn't collected enough signatures.

In our last segment, we were joined by Natalie Kahla and some furry friends from The Washington Animal Rescue League. Saturday, August 11 the rescue league holds its 2nd annual Adop-a-Thon.

 

 

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Md lawmakers consider casino bill

August 9, 2012 - 12:34 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we previewed the special session of the Maryland legislature that begins today. Our show, which originated from Annapolis, featured state Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Dels. Brian Feldman and Lou Simmons, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Baltimore Sun reporter Annie Linskey and former State Sen. David Harrington.

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HOT lanes; Grosso seeks Council seat; Julia Child book

August 8, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, AAA’s Lon Anderson talked about the start of the massive I-95 HOT lanes project, Bay Bridge safety and pedestrian safety.

DC Council candidate David Grosso discussed his bid for a set on the DC Council.

And author Bob Spitz talked about his new book, “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.”

 

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Taxing times for Romney; Exploring Mars; DC Olympians?

August 7, 2012 - 02:01 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Georgetown Univ. political analyst Christopher Metzler talked about Mitt Romney’s refusal to release more than two years worth of his tax returns. We also talked about his selection of a running mate, the upcoming conventions and the Chick-fil-A controversy.

NASA scientist Mitch Schulte talked about the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity.

And, if Puerto Rico and Guam can send athletes to the Olympics, why can’t DC? We asked Mike Panetta, who tried to organize a curling team in time for the 2006 Games.

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Rep. Frank Wolf; The PG casino debate

August 6, 2012 - 02:00 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Rep. Frank Wolf talked about the possibility that deep cuts in federal spending – so called “sequestration” – will be triggered by Congress’s failure to pass a budget. We also discussed gridlock in Washington, violence in Syria and climate change. We then talked with two Maryland lawmakers – Delegates Justin Ross and Heather Mizeur – about this week’s session of the General Assembly. Ross, a Prince George’s Democrat, supports the proposed casino at National Harbor while Mizeur, a Montgomery Democrat, opposes it.

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Q&A w/ Rushern Baker

August 3, 2012 - 02:14 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we were joined by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

Among the topics: the proposal to allow a casino at National Harbor or Rosecroft Raceway, the search for a new schools superintendent, health care,and his wife's battle with Alzheimer's.

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