Federal Impact on NYC

The USA Patriot Act and the Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Marriage - Andy Humm focuses on two federal actions (one passed, the other pending) and their effect in New York City - the U.S. Patriot Act, and the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would limit marriage to heterosexual couples.

The Feds And Clean Air - Critics say that a proposed change in policy by the Bush administration would roll back advances made toward cleaning the air in New York.

Is Washington Looking To Get Out Of Subsidizing Low-Income Housing In NYC? - Is the federal government in effect changing its mind about subsidizing some 20,000 apartments for low-income families in New York City? Brad Lander reports some ominous recent events.

New York's Children Left Behind? - Are New York's school children being left behind by federal policies?

Bush Tax Cuts and New York - Glenn Pasanen looks at the benefits and burdens of the Bush tax cuts, which will go mostly to the wealthiest New Yorkers.

Federal Funding For City Parks - Anne Schwartz looks at federal funding -- or lack of it -- for city parks.

Help America Vote Act - Though the Help America Vote Act does represent the biggest single set of voting reforms seen since the Voting Rights Act, Susan Reefer says, it may not address the most serious cases of voter disenfranchisement.

The Bill Of Rights Resolution - Justice Emily Jane Goodman writes about the effort to have New York City join the nationwide movement to pass resolutions in defense of the Bill of Rights.
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Presidential debates

President Bush and Senator John Kerry had a series of 90-minute debates:

Thursday, Sep. 30: University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. Theme: Foreign policy and homeland security.
Moderator: Jim Lehrer, PBS
Transcript of debate

Friday, Oct. 8: Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., no subject restrictions.
Moderator: Charles Gibson, ABC
Transcript of debate

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. Theme: domestic and economic policy.
Moderator: Bob Scheiffer, CBS
Transcript of debate

Video of debate.

Vice Presidential debates

Tuesday, Oct. 5: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Theme: No limits on topics.
Moderator: Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"
Transcript of debate

Live TV coverage: C-SPAN and C-SPAN2, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel

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News about the presidential campaign, the convention, and the relationship between D.C. and NYC