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June 15, 2016 at 5:36 am

Tonight, it’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month. Next, investigations of Sunday’s attack in Orlando have revealed that the gunman, Omar Mateen, was previously questioned by the FBI for making inflammatory comments to co-workers in 2013 and for having possible connections to an American suicide bomber in 2014. The agency closed both investigations, finding that Mateen was not a threat at that time. Now questions are swirling about what law enforcement might have missed leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins us to explain the challenges facing investigators as they track suspected ISIS supporters, and how Mateen could have carried out an attack of this magnitude, undetected. Finally, we’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.

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June 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm

It’s Gay Pride month, and while New York City is preparing to celebrate with an array of events, many people are paying tribute to those who lost their lives this weekend in Orlando. Since news of the tragedy broke, crowds of people have been gathered outside of the iconic Stonewall Inn to hold vigil and remember the victims. Last night, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson joined mourners to help them cope and grieve over the tragedy. Tonight, he’ll be with us to talk about the LGBT community and discuss how the city will continue to pay homage to the victims as they celebrate this month.

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June 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Investigations of Sunday’s attack in Orlando have revealed that the gunman, Omar Mateen, was previously questioned by the FBI for making inflammatory comments to co-workers in 2013 and for having possible connections to an American suicide bomber in 2014. The agency closed both investigations, finding that Mateen was not a threat at that time. Now questions are swirling about what law enforcement might have missed leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey joins us to explain the challenges facing investigators as they track suspected ISIS supporters, and how Mateen could have carried out an attack of this magnitude, undetected.

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June 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

We’ve all heard of smart phones but what about “smart guns”? So-called “smart gun” technology is actually not a thing of the future. It’s here already, and gun control advocates are continuing to push for more of it following the latest mass shooting in Orlando. Now New York City college students could play a role in improving the technology. As part of a competition rolled out earlier this year, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking students to help design a firearm with a trigger that can only be fired by an authorized user. Adams joins us tonight to talk about his plan and tell us why he’s pushing for “smarter” guns.

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June 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, it is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Fifty people are dead and even more left injured after Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The shooter, previously investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, has been confirmed by law enforcement to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing as new details emerge. Naveed Jamali, who is a Naval Intelligence Officer and Senior National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sat down with us to put this horrific event and its investigation into perspective, as we ask: Who was the shooter? What was his motivation and how can we prevent this from happening again? Next, 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. Finally, 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 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

It is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst terror attack since 9/11. Fifty people are dead and even more left injured after Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this weekend. The shooter, previously investigated by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, has been confirmed by law enforcement to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS. The investigation is ongoing as new details emerge. Naveed Jamali, who is a Naval Intelligence Officer and Senior National Security Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, sat down with us to put this horrific event and its investigation into perspective, as we ask: Who was the shooter? What was his motivation and how can we prevent this from happening again?

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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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Episode
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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