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November 08, 2016 at 5:30 am

The nation is less than 24 hours away from the start of Election 2016! As polling places get ready to open tomorrow, we bring you an in-depth look at the decision America is about to make. Will business tycoon and Republican candidate Donald Trump win the Oval Office, or will veteran politician and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton finally move into the White House as Commander-in-Chief? While Clinton may have the tri-state area decidedly blue, tonight, we focus on the swing states and the effects our nation’s changing demographics may have on the final numbers.

Plus, we discuss the latest in the FBI review of new Clinton e-mails and the anger in both parties after Director James Comey decided to stand by his original decision not to recommend charges against the candidate. Was his decision a political move and what consequences will it bring? Did former New York City Mayor and Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani know about the email investigation before the news broke? We discuss all that and more with a special pre-Election political roundtable featuring the Chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party Adele Malpass, a former adviser to Bill Clinton and President of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd. Hank Sheinkopf, and with PBS’ own Maria Hinojosa, host of the popular show America By The Numbers.

And we’ll take a close look at the New York races as we head into Election Day with Politico’s Albany Bureau Chief, Jimmy Vielkind. Tomorrow’s decision will have ramifications not only on the national stage but here in New York, too, as the balance of power stands to shift in the state congressional delegation and in Albany. We also discuss the State Senate, where a number of vulnerable seats could cause the power to sway from red to blue.

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November 05, 2016 at 5:30 am

The verdict is in, and two former members of Governor Chris Christie’s administration were found guilty on all counts related to the 2013 Bridgegate scandal. Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly were convicted this morning for coordinating the inexplicable closure of toll lanes in New Jersey that caused massive traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge. The transit fiasco was […]

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November 04, 2016 at 6:29 pm

The verdict is in, and two former members of Governor Chris Christie’s administration were found guilty on all counts related to the 2013 Bridgegate scandal. Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly were convicted this morning for coordinating the inexplicable closure of toll lanes in New Jersey that caused massive traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge. The transit fiasco was all part of a plan to spite Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich after he pulled his support during the re-election campaign for Governor Christie during that year. After a 7-week-long trial that included 35 witnesses and used many of Baroni and Kelly’s words against them, we sit down with a political insider for New York and New Jersey and veteran journalist Ellis Henican to lay out the details on this conviction.

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November 04, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The last jobs report before Election Day was released this morning, and the results show positive growth across the board. So what do higher wages and lower unemployment rates mean for the polls? For some, it means that the trajectory of our current administration is headed in a good direction, and lends confidence to those who claim our economy would thrive under a Clinton presidency, but today a stumping Donald Trump said the jobs report is disastrous. We turn to The Wall Street Journal for the real takeaways and break down the findings with WSJ markets reporter, Paul Vigna.

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November 04, 2016 at 6:26 pm

This year’s Democratic National Convention was full of passionate, compelling speeches from celebrities, politicians, and one of the most powerful orations was delivered by activist Anastasia Somoza. She’s fought tirelessly for the rights of those with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. “She has invested in me. She believes in me. and in a country where 56 million Americans with disabilities so often feel invisible, Hillary Clinton sees me,” Somoza said before endorsing Hillary Clinton in front of a thunderous, supportive crowd at the DNC. But Anastasia’s work has gone far beyond the United States. In fact, this New Yorker has been around the globe to promote the rights of the disabled, and tonight, she joins us to share her inspiring message.

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November 04, 2016 at 5:48 am

Tonight, Long Island’s gang violence epidemic continues to rage on in Brentwood as another name is added to the growing list of casualties. The skeletal remains of 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez, a known gang member, were recently discovered in the woods behind the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. Many are beginning to worry that there are still more bodies to be found, and authorities remain on high alert as they investigate each murder and their possible connections to the notorious MS-13 gang. Tonight, in an exclusive MetroFocus interview, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini gives us an update on the investigations.

Then, with Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our nation could be just days away from witnessing the ascension of our first female president. After 227 years of presidents and first ladies in the White House, many are bemused by the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election, that would make Bill a former president and… the nation’s first first gentleman? This thought has not escaped Gerald Weaver, an acclaimed author, political analyst, and former chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation’s political system. Tonight, he joins us to discuss the book and the current state of politics.

Finally, Shakespeare may have said all the world’s a stage, but one theater group in particular has been using the stage to change the world since 1991. The Tectonic Theater Project has initiated dialogues on social and political issues with ground-breaking experimental plays such as The Laramie Project. As part of Tectonic’s 25th anniversary, the theater is putting on a benefit show featuring plays of the past and present. This star-studded event will be hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Jane Fonda, and is sure to be a night to remember in the theater. Tonight, a founder of this illustrious theater, Moises Kaufman, and Emmy award-winning actor Michael Emerson, will give us a preview of the benefit and a look back at Tectonic’s ground-breaking work.

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November 03, 2016 at 6:28 pm

With Election Day just around the corner, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that our nation could be just days away from witnessing the ascension of our first female president. After 227 years of presidents and first ladies in the White House, many are bemused by the fact that if Hillary Clinton wins the election, that would make Bill a former president and… the nation’s first first gentleman? This thought has not escaped Gerald Weaver, an acclaimed author, political analyst, and former chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. For his second novel, The First First Gentleman, Weaver wraps a love story and a thriller into one, all while providing honest and insightful commentary on the nation’s political system. Tonight, he joins us to discuss the book and the current state of politics.

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November 03, 2016 at 5:52 am

Tonight, by the end of the 21st century, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities just like New York. But with a projected world population reaching over 10 billion by the year 2050, that migration to cities calls a series of global megatrends to attention, including climate change, growing income inequality, disparities in education and health, and unaffordable housing. These megatrends threaten the security of some of our greatest regions of economic and social innovations, as well as the overall ability of the Earth to sustain the resources to accommodate for a growing world population. Author and urban planner Jonathan Rose joins us to discuss some key strategies that will help create a harmonious, urban society as outlined in his book The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.

Then, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

Finally, gems, metals, and power: They’re aspects of our everyday lives, and in their own ways, they are the very backbone of our modern-day civilization. Their history, the science behind their creation, and the vital roles they’ve played in the formation of society are documented in a new, three-part series from NOVA, called Treasures of the Earth. The producer, director, and writer behind this television event, Doug Hamilton joins us tonight with an exciting inside look at the series and shares his perspective on what makes these treasures so vital to the society in which we live.

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November 02, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Tonight, we shine a light on what has been called one of the most powerful generations heading to the ballot box next week. Millennials, now a group close to 80 million in number, could play a crucial role in electing the next president… that is if they show up to the polls. In 2008, 51 percent of millennials cast their vote for the president, and in 2012, that number only decreased. This year, things might be looking up for this generation, as more and more get involved in politics spanning all walks of American life. A few weeks after the votes were counted in 2012, millennials David and Jack Cahn packed their bags and began a two-year road trip across the country to figure out how their peers would reshape America’s future. After more than 10,000 interviews, their journey led them to us, and tonight, they are sharing the findings from their trip in their new book, When Millennials Rule.

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