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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Furor Over High School Flag Flap
Tensions are rising at a California high school where five students were sent home for wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The five students were told they must turn their t-shirts inside-out or be sent home, though it would not be considered a suspension. Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez told the students he did not want any fights to break out between Mexican-American students celebrating their heritage and those wearing American flags {Article}. Diana Dariano, whose son Matthew was one of the five students who wore the American flag t-shirt, joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss issue. Dariano said that the group wore the shirts purely with patriotic intentions and “weren’t trying to start anything.” Dariano said her son has at least four T-shirts with American flags in his wardrobe that he wears often. "We want an apology," Diana Dariano said Thursday. "Who in the United States of America would have an issue with that? It's a sad, sad day. I'm more hurt than anything," she said. "It is so hurtful and disrespectful the way this has turned out. These are American kids."

Stripper Pole Tax - New York State Solves Its Budget Crisis?
You might think you’re reading a column from “News of the Weird,” but you’re not. It’s true. According to News 12 Long Island, exotic dancers will be holding a rally outside the Supreme Court building in Mineola, NY tomorrow to support legislation for a so-called "stripper pole tax." The tax would charge customers $10 for entering all strip clubs in New York. The owners say they will be sending the proceeds to Albany to help with the school budget crisis. “This is gonna save us,” Sean said sarcastically, “we have nothing to fear anymore!” The budget problems have gotten so bad in the Empire State that the state Legislature authorized unprecedented furloughs to address the state's fiscal crisis because its powerful public worker unions have rejected every request for contract concessions since last fall {Article}. “New York State is literally heading into a financial abyss,” Sean said sadly.

Dr. Doom Joins Sean
Nouriel Roubini, world renowned economist and professor at NYU, was one of only a handful of people who accurately predicted the economic demise in the United States and across the globe. Roubini, also referred to as “Dr. Doom,” joined Sean to talk about the crisis in Greece and the continuing financial trouble in the United States. Greece needs to raise taxes and cut spending. "This financial crisis was caused by excessive leverage and net accumulation in the private sector, households, financial institutions, and even corporate sectors in some countries.” He sees the risk of the troubles in Greece spreading to the U.S. and Japan. A deficit of 3% is not sustainable in the U.S., he added. “We cannot continue to run with deficits in government budgets,” he told Sean. He says while the U.S. economy is recovering, it will be anemic for at least another year or two. In Roubini’s new book, Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, he proves that financial calamities are not only predictable but also preventable and, with the right medicine, curable.

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Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini (born Istanbul, Turkey 29 March 1959) is an American professor of economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an economic consultancy firm. After receiving a BA in political economics at Bocconi University and a doctorate in international economics at Harvard University, he began academic research and policy making by teaching at Yale while also spending time at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Federal Reserve, World Bank, and Bank of Israel. Much of his early studies focused on emerging markets. During the administration of President Bill Clinton, he was a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers, later moving to the United States Treasury Department as a senior adviser to Timothy Geithner, who is now Treasury Secretary.