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November 09, 2016 at 5:27 am

Tonight, today is a historic day in the making, but we don’t know how the election will turn out yet. It could be a blowout, a traditional victory that separates the candidates by several points, or it could be a real nail-biter such as the 2000 race between Al Gore and George W. Bush, where weeks of political disputes and recounting delayed the final results. Besides that infamous contest, which immortalized “the hanging chad,” what other election thrillers have there been in our nation’s history? Presidential historian and CNN contributor Tim Naftali joins us with a look back at more close calls in American election history.

Then, on June 11, 2016, 28-year-old Jessica White watched her children play on a playground outside of the John Adams Housing project in the Bronx. She was talking with her mother, Gola White when shots rang out in the area. In a split-second decision that any mother would have made, Jessica ran over to protect her three children; but that decision would ultimately cost her her life. Jessica White is just one of many who have fallen victim to crime in the Bronx’s 40th precinct, and although New York City crime is at a historic low, each tragic loss of life calls more attention to an issue of security in the South Bronx. To understand why these killings persist, The New York Times committed a team of reporters to the neighborhood at the beginning of this year. In a series of in-depth articles published throughout 2016, they documented the lives of those lost. Two members of that reporting team Benjamin Mueller and Al Baker join us tonight.

Finally, between 2001 and 2014, more than 5,300 U.S. service members were killed in action during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, but out of the thousands of wounded soldiers who made it to combat hospitals, 96% made it home alive. Now, a new NJTV documentary, Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, follows ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff to the front lines of medicine and explores how medical techniques have advanced and given hope to our wounded military service members.

Woodruff, who was critically injured in 2006 while covering the War in Iraq, joins us to share his deeply personal perspective towards military medicine and gives us a preview of the special before it airs on NJTV tomorrow night at 8 p.m. and nationally on PBS stations at 10 p.m. (Check your local listings).

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November 08, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Today is a historic day in the making, but we don’t know how the election will turn out yet. It could be a blowout, a traditional victory that separates the candidates by several points, or it could be a real nail-biter such as the 2000 race between Al Gore and George W. Bush, where weeks of political disputes and recounting delayed the final results. Besides that infamous contest, which immortalized “the hanging chad,” what other election thrillers have there been in our nation’s history? Presidential historian and CNN contributor Tim Naftali joins us with a look back at more close calls in American election history.

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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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