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The legacy of Robert Moses

Moses, in the totality of his reign as ‘Master Builder,’ “built 13 bridges, 416 miles of parkways, 658 playgrounds, and 150,000 housing units, spending $150 billion in today’s dollars” across the City of New York.

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5 terms to know about taxes

The 1%: This past presidential election discussed the top 1% of income earners in the U.S. but many wonder just what income bracket that percent is. According to the Washington Post, as of 2010, the top 1% “had a minimum income of $516,633.

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The rise of the charter school

City & State recently hosted a panel, On Education, featuring a cross-section of some of New York City’s most engaged proponents, including Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky, advocate Micah Lasher and parent advocate Zakiyah Ansari. At the panel, it became apparent that the national conversation around public education is represented [...]

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Legalizing marijuana

This election cycle, some major victories materialized for a number of interest groups. However, with media focus now looking toward an ever-looming fiscal cliff, potential war in the Middle East and a purported liquidation of Hostess Cupcake, the implications of some of these victories deserve more study. A big turnaround in the state of Maine [...]

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Petraeus resigns from CIA

Petraeus is a decorated war veteran who has served in a number of different roles — most notably as Commander of the United States Central Command and subsequently as Commander of the U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan.

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Your voting rights

For most Americans, November 6 is still the principal voting day. Even with early voting up to nearly 40% this year, most of us will be casting our vote on a single day in history. State voting has a record of challenges — most notably from the 2000 election onward. But this year, the electorate faces [...]

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Ask the experts: Voter ID laws

As the presidential campaigns wind down and voting begins in earnest in less than two weeks, much of the conversation has turned from polls and debates to the mechanics of voting. The concerns around voting range from fraud to disenfranchisement. Of particular note are the legislative attempts at changing the voting process, particularly in make-or-break [...]

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Everything you need to know about the ‘fiscal cliff’

(Updated November 8, 2012) Now that the election is over — everyone’s attention has turned to impending fiscal cliff. It’s a term seeped into the national psyche — the “fiscal cliff” is debated, interrogated, and endlessly hyped in the media. But most of us are still asking: What is it, exactly? Recently Need to Know convened a panel [...]

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Ask the experts: Alternative energy

We heard both candidates discuss alternative energy at this week’s presidential debate in Denver. President Obama said, “we’ve got to look at the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar and biofuels, and make those investments.” The support for alternative energy sources, however, is not universal. Need to Know asked leading experts in [...]