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Monthly Discussion -- U.S. Atty firings, "TrumpCare,"­ Post-Brexit UK + Debate!

We'll resume our "regular" monthly roundtable discussion, covering the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, the Nation, and around the World. As always, there's plenty to discuss!

PLUS, our monthly meetings will now feature a new segment -- "a Mini-Debate," where members can engage in a short, structured debate on a contentious issue.

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Topics:

• The City: the firing of the U.S. Attorneys, including Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York -- what this means for City and State politics, regarding the S.D.N.Y.'s pending prosecutorial matters (e.g., investigation into the Mayor's office, the Moreland Commission, suits against Wall Street firms etc.)

• The Nation: the demise of "TrumpCare" and the fate of Obamacare.

• The World: the future of the U.K. in a post-Brexit era

*** MINI-DEBATE: Is NATO still relevant and effective, as originally intended?

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Motion Debate: "Does the government have a duty to educate its citizens?"

The second Motion Debate continues!

Here, we debate the contentious issue of the role of government and public education. Education is undoubtedly an important factor in success and accomplishment -- however, does the Government owe a moral duty to educate its citizens?

Upcoming debate in April:
Is "Stop and Frisk" an effective policy?
https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/238343477/

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***UPDATE***

Debaters Chuck Braman and Rob Guzman were this month's winners arguing against the motion. Citing a failing public education system paid for by coercion and tax dollars, Chuck and Rob advocated the idea that parents should have full autonomy in choosing how their children receive education.

Arguing for the motion were Ariela Silberstein and Lenny Herrera, who believe that while systems of education in western liberal democracies are flawed, they are necessary. Without government regulation and funding, there would be no metric to determine the success and applicability of a child's education.

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Feb. Monthly Meetup -- "Sanctuary City," "Travel" ban, the U.S.-Russia relations

We'll resume our ever-popular "regular" monthly meeting discussing the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, the Nation, and around the World. As always, there's plenty to discuss!

PLUS, our monthly meetings will now feature a new segment -- "a Mini-Debate," where members can engage in a short, structured debate on a contentious issue.

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Topics:

• The City: NYC's role as a "sanctuary city" for immigrants

• The Nation: Pres. Trump's Executive Order ("Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S.") and the subsequent legal challenges (States of Washington and Minnesota v. Trump -- Docket No. 2:17-cv-00141)

• The World: the future of the U.S.-Russia relations under the Trump Administration

*** MINI-DEBATE: Is every American entitled to a healthcare as a "right"?

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January Monthly Meetup -- 2nd Ave Subway, "Fake News," South Korea, Mini-Debate

Happy New Year!

We'll resume our "regular" monthly meeting discussing the most compelling stories and events unfolding in our City, the Nation, and around the World.

PLUS, our monthly meetings will now feature a new segment -- "a Mini-Debate," where members can engage in a short, structured debate on a contentious issue.

opics:

• The City: the historic grand opening of the Second Avenue Subway

• The Nation: the emergence of the so-called "Fake News"

• The World: the impeachment of South Korea's President and the possible fallout

*** MINI-DEBATE: Should the U.S. Embassy in Israel change from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?

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The "monthly discussion" series are undoubtedly by the most popular discussion series, that serves as our trademark "discussion menu." After a busy 2016 schedule with discussions focused around the presidential elections, we're delighted to bring back this monthly series!

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A New Discussion Series! Law, History and Politics

As we usher in the new year, a new discussion series will be introduced -- LAW, HISTORY AND POLITICS.

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

The LHP series will start out with subject matters that directly relate to the U.S. For instance, we'll discuss landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential Legislative body of work.

The advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.

For the premier discussion, scheduled on February 2, 2017, we'll read and discuss the following:

• The Federalist Papers No. 2 ("Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence" -- by John Jay).

• The Federalist Papers No. 68 ("The Mode of Electing the President" -- by Alexander Hamilton).

• Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856) -- a.k.a. the "Dred Scott Decision"

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We're excited to announce a partnership with MotionDebate.com!

The NYCPF is excited to announce a new partnership with MotionDebate.com.

The Motion Debate hosts monthly live debates addressing current issues, where anyone can watch or participate. Learn skills and strategies used in competitive debate, and their application toward real-world situations.

Many important political subjects matters and public policies are highly debatable. At the Motion Debates, we exchange these views in an exciting live setting! Additionally, the audience members play an active role in: 1) during the live "Q&A" portion; and 2) registering their views during the pre-debate and post-debate stages.

The upcoming debates will include:

January 26, 2017
Is abundance of open information more harmful or good to society?
https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/236987955/

Feb. 22, 2017
Does the government have a duty to educate its citizens?
https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/237515311/

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***UPDATE***

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2016: A big THANK YOU to ALL for a memorable year!

Today marks the third anniversary of this group! This year, without a doubt, has been a remarkable year — I would like to take this moment to share some of the highlights from 2016:

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Upcoming Presidential Debate Watch Paries

The NYCPF is proud to partner with other local groups and businesses to host each of the three Presidential Debates.

Round One: The Black Sheep -- 583 3rd Ave., New York, NY
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233728758/
(co-hosted with the "Manhattan Lectures & Conversations" and " Current Events Coffee" meetup groups).

Round Two: The Brazen Tavern -- 356 W 44th St, New York, NY
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/234020051/
(co-hosted with the "NYC Debate" and "Manhattan Lectures & Conversations" meetup groups).

Round Three: The Black Sheep -- 583 3rd Ave., New York, NY
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/234607201/
(co-hosted with the "NYC Debate" and "Manhattan Lectures & Conversations" meetup groups).

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The Policy Forum: Immigration, Economic, and Foreign Policies of the 2016 Candidates

As we enter the final stages of the 2016 Presidential Election season, we'll conduct a three-part "Policy Forum" to examine each Candidate's proposed policies.

Our aim is to go beyond the mere campaign rhetoric, sloganeering, or platitudes to examine the substantive policy positions in-depth. We'll compare and contrast the policy positions of the four candidates nominated by the Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican Parties.

The "Policy Forum" series are purely intended to be for discussion purposes only, as the NYCPF does not endorse or advocate on behalf of any Candidates or Parties.

The discussions will include:

Part One -- The 2016 Candidates and their Immigration Policies
https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233873738/

Part Two -- The 2016 Candidates and their Economic Policies
https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233880375/

Part Three -- The 2016 Candidates and their Foreign Policies
http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/233880339/

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