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June 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Political leaders in New York and across the country are denouncing the tragic shootings in an Orlando nightclub this weekend as an act of evil. But despite calls for unity, there is still a divide within the law enforcement community concerning gun control and our efforts to combat terrorism. Walid Phares- Donald Trump’s adviser on terrorism and national security, joins us to discuss this terrible event and analyze how to stop future attacks.

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June 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Though hearts were heavy, they were open, as Gay Pride month kicked off with tributes paid across the nation for the victims of the Orlando Shootings. In a powerful show of solidarity in New York City, One World Trade Center lit up in a rainbow of colors, and the Empire State Building went dark. Members of the LGBT and Muslim Communities gathered in Jackson Heights for a vigil to denounce violence. The man at the heart of the event was New York City Council member Daniel Dromm, who joined us on Metrofocus to discuss the communities reaction to this terrible tragedy.

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June 09, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, we’ll be recounting the results of yesterday’s primaries with a roundtable of political experts. Columnist and political analyst Ellis Henican and host of The Blaze Amy Holmes join us to talk about the candidates, the polls, and what’s ahead as the nation pushes on to the Presidential election in November. Then, performer Megan Hilty has made her mark on Manhattan. Best known for her role as Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Megan Hilty is also a seasoned Broadway actress, having starred in “Wicked” and “9 to 5 The Musical.” More recently, Hilty snagged a Drama League Award nomination for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton in the revival of the slapstick comedy “Noises Off.” Now, she shares with us what it’s like channeling big names like Dolly Parton, and she talks about her upcoming live performance at the New York staple, the Café Carlyle.

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June 08, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The FBI has arrested powerful union leader Norman Seabrook, longtime president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, on corruption charges for allegedly receiving kickbacks connected to the union’s pension fund. The arrest comes just as five of the ten corrections officers on trial for the 2012 beating of Rikers Island inmate Jamal Lightfoot were found guilty of all charges after prosecutors alleged that the corrections officers had written false documents to explain the inmate’s injuries. On top of that, this comes on the heels of increased federal investigation into the NYPD and scrutiny of Mayor de Blasio’s campaign fundraising during his mayoral campaign. Tonight, we explore the implications for the city and corruption investigations.

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June 07, 2016 at 10:36 am

They’re leaders in technological and political innovation, and are expected to play a significant role in determining who’s elected to the White House come November, but millennials have yet to break through the barriers preventing them from being elected to congress themselves and influencing policy making on issues that matter most to their generation. As things stand, not one member of the House of Representatives is under the age of thirty.

One New York University graduate is looking to put an end to that trend. 25-year-old Erin Schrode is a California native and she’s running in her home district which stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon Border. She’s facing an uphill climb in tomorrow’s primary election, going head-to-head with two term incumbent Jared Huffman.

“People say all the time, she doesn’t have the experience necessary,” Schrode said, speaking to MetroFocus anchor Rafael PiRoman. “Well, are decades in corporate boardrooms, law offices, or the halls of government more worthwhile than education, than activism, than boots-on-the-ground fighting for environmental and social justice issues … which is what I’ve been doing for the past eleven years?”

It’s been a quick learning curve for the activist turned politician who jumped into the race back in April. When asked whether the system is set up in a way to prevent twenty and thirty somethings from reaching office, she said, “I am not just a millennial, I am a Democrat taking on an establishment Democrat. So no party support. No elected official will meet with me on record. No organization will consider endorsing money. PACs, donors won’t even take a meeting with me.”

Despite those hurdles, Schrode’s campaign has been gathering traction through an innovative social media campaign and her boots on the ground campaign appears to be resonating with the younger voters. “We are architecting our future, we are the leaders who are harnessing that innovative spirit to revolutionize science and technology and media and communications and non-profits. We better understand what it is like to be going though and graduating from the education system, feeling the burdens of a crippling student loan and debt system. Entering a changing job landscape where industries are changing,” the former NYU student stated. “We are living this now and we must step up and answer that call to service to better serve our population and create a world that works for us and for the future.”

Schrode goes up against Representative Huffman and two other challengers in Tuesday’s California primary. The two top will then face each other in the November election. If she wins, Schrode will become the youngest women ever elected to Congress.

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June 07, 2016 at 5:51 am

We take the time to commemorate “The Greatest of All Time,” Muhammad Ali. Ali passed away this past weekend after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Friend and author of Approaching Ali, Davis Miller joins us to remember the life of this boxing legend. Then, six states are up for grabs in tomorrow’s primaries as Sanders and Clinton continue to battle it out and Trump continues his crusade for the White House. We’ll hone in on New Jersey with Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University Brigid Callahan Harrison as the Garden State prepares to head to the polls. Plus, we discuss the possibility of a Clinton-Trump match-up in November. Finally, when it comes to acting, Brian Stokes Mitchell has done it all from television, to film and Broadway. While most nominees are waiting to see if they’ve secured themselves a Tony later this month, Mitchell can rest easy knowing he will walk away with the 2016 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award honoring him for his work with The Actors Fund. We’ll discuss his involvement with that, plus his return to the stage in the ten-time Tony-nominated musical Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, the diversity of Broadway today, and what is next for this famous leading man.

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June 06, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Six states are up for grabs in tomorrow’s primaries as Sanders and Clinton continue to battle it out and Trump continues his crusade for the White House. We’ll hone in on New Jersey with Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University Brigid Callahan Harrison as the Garden State prepares to head to the polls. Plus, we discuss the possibility of a Clinton-Trump match-up in November.

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June 04, 2016 at 6:45 am

Tonight, many lead-foot drivers haven’t been able to pass through a school zone undetected in the five boroughs since the introduction of speed cameras. And depending how you look at it, that might be a good thing, since city hall claims students being hit by cars is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children under 14. So far, there are 140 of these cameras city-wide, issuing fines at fifty dollars for each offense. Now, lawmakers are looking to add over 2,000 more with the intention to run them 24/7 in order to diminish the amount of students being hit by cars. City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joins us to discuss why he’s pushing Albany to place these cameras in front of all city schools and to debate the criticism against these cameras. Then, legendary entertainer Michael Feinstein has been dubbed the “Ambassador of the American Songbook,” and we sit down with him to talk about how he is using his talent to further entertain and educate and preserve American music classics. He lets us in on his latest projects in music and art and how they will leave lasting impressions on their audiences.

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