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Posted by Jeanne Zaino on June 10, 2013
Photo Credit: United States Senate

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will likely be remembered for the work he did on a wide range of policy issues from transportation and public health to affordable housing, the environment, and refugees. What is sometimes not recognized is that as a long-standing member of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Sen. Lautenberg also fought to retain the National Science Foundations (NSF’s) support for all the sciences.

Posted by RFL Staff on June 7, 2013
NSA Office of Public Affairs

If you’re familiar with the classic tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell, late breaking news stories of the past few days might have you asking, “What is the National Security Agency and why is the NSA collecting data about my telephone activity”? Self-centered egomaniacs might ask, “Who is Big Brother and what can he do for me”? Let’s answer some of these questions.

Posted by RFL Staff on June 5, 2013
Photo Credit: U.S. Supreme Court

As is the case each late June/early July, we wait for the Supreme Court of the United States to issue decisions, before starting a well-deserved recess and ending another term. This year is no different. Whether young, old, or in between, we hurry up and wait for the Court to reconcile the law on matters that will impact the lives of many. Within the next few weeks, or perhaps days, rulings on cases related to marriage equality (Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor), voting rights (Shelby County v. Holder), and affirmative action (Fisher v.

Posted by Jeanne Zaino on June 3, 2013

A cautionary tale for the common core 

May is a month full of celebrations—everything from May Day and Cinco de Mayo to Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Largely forgotten in the cornucopia of May celebrations, however, is National Metric Week. From 1976 until 1984, the week of May 10 was National Metric Week.

Posted by David Laska on May 20, 2013
Obama trifecta

Democrats have coupled identity politics with a strong narrative to build a fashionable but unrepresentative coalition of ethnic minorities, the young and the economically disadvantaged. It’s no coincidence that these are the three most politically misled groups in America.

Posted by Jeanne Zaino on May 20, 2013
Photo Credit: brigthstarusa1

This month, three major institutions -- the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and the New York State Assembly -- have become embroiled in controversies involving allegations of sexual assault and harassment from powerful individuals within their ranks.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on May 17, 2013
Dance Parade NYC

NOTE: The 2013 Dance Parade New York starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, on 21st Street and Broadway. DanceFest follows 3-7 p.m. at Tompkins Square Park. The event is free.


Posted by Dominic Carter on May 15, 2013
Bill Thompson

For weeks here in the New York City area folks have asked me, what is Bill Thompson doing?

Is he a candidate for NYC mayor?

Does he really want this or is he just going through the motions?

Where is Thompson's passion?

Well, if Thompson's personality was not so low-key, he might respond with the slogan line of that Kia Sorrento TV commerical: "How you like me now."

Posted by David Laska on May 14, 2013

New York needs jobs. But New York has a Governor with neither the experience nor the will to do what’s necessary to create jobs.

You might not know it from listening to his sleek, Robert DeNiro-narrated ads, but New York is still the most taxed, most regulated, least economically free state in the Nation.

Sixty years ago, we had 45 seats in Congress. Today, we have 27, and our unemployment rate is nearly a full point above the national rate. Many upstate counties have unemployment rates of over 10%.

Posted by Jeanne Zaino on April 30, 2013
State Legislature

On Tuesday, state Sen. Malcolm Smith and five others paraded by television cameras and journalists on their way into the federal court in White Plains where, one after another, they pleaded not guilty to numerous corruption charges.



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