Nicole Narea

Nicole Narea

Reporter for The New Republic

Formerly at POLITICO, NPR, Forbes, Hearst & NYT. I have a degree in history/journalism from Yale. Click on Politico/New Republic for my most recent stories.

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The Stamford Advocate

Ceremony honors returning servicemen

Tears dried on 18-month-old Jackson Waters' cheeks as his father, James, a Greenwich native and Navy reservist honored for his...

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The Stamford Advocate

Inspection noted rail flaws before crash

Metro-North track inspectors checking the New Haven Line on May 15 described weak ballast, erosion, problems with ties, unstable rails...

The Stamford Advocate

ATF confirmation moves out of committee - StamfordAdvocate

The nomination of B. Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 10-8, party-line vote Thursday, sending his confirmation to the Senate floor in spite of Republican opposition. The committee's ranking member, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, reiterated his concerns about Jones' appointment during Thursday's vote in light of an unresolved complaint that Jones retaliated against a whistleblower in Minnesota, where Jones serves as U.S. attorney in addition to holding his interim ATF position. Grassley grilled Jones during his confirmation hearing last month, questioning whether ATF had punished proponents of the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation, in which Phoenix-based ATF agents were told to stand by while traffickers smuggled weapons to a Mexican drug cartel. President Barack Obama nominated Jones in January as part of his 23 executive actions to combat gun violence in response to last December's Sandy Hook Elementary School sh

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The Stamford Advocate

Group's efforts lead to change

Mark Barden wants to spare another family the heartache and despair his family suffered since the loss of their son, Daniel, one of 20 first-graders and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. [...] Barden has spent more than a year lobbying for gun-control laws he believes politicians can...

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The Stamford Advocate

Newtown families form a ribbon in D.C.

The human ribbon makers, wearing green T-shirts in honor of the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School, formed during the reading of the names of 4,900 people killed by guns in the six months since the Dec. 14, 2012, murders of 20 students and six adults at the school. Reid...

The Stamford Advocate

Three years later, Himes tinkers with Dodd-Frank - StamfordAdvocate

The final bill -- officially the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protect Act,'' was approved by the House and Senate by almost pure party-line votes and signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010. [...] as Dodd-Frank nears its third anniversary, some of the same legislative battles are sparking squalls in Congress -- and Himes, 46, a Greenwich resident, finds himself in the hot seat on the Financial Services Committee. A derivative is an instrument based on the value of another asset, and some categories of derivatives such as those based on subprime mortgages were a key culprit in the 2007-2010 financial meltdown. Alexis Goldstein, a New York-based financial analyst and a critic of the Himes amendment, says his proposal would gut the push-out requirement and allow insured banks to continue making risky investments such as derivatives, investments based on the value of other assets. The Himes amendment flips it around and allows almost all derivatives to be held inside the insured depo