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Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Ron Suskind on the Education of a President

Thursday, September 22, 2011

He has trouble having people think ill of him because he’s being decisive. He is an essential actor of this era in American history, and for better or for worse, his evolution as an individual will also mirror or carry forward… the evolution of the country. He is the main guy.

— Author Ron Suskind, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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GOP Debate Guide: What the Candidates Have Said this Week

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Republican candidates have been busy this last week, though political coverage has been dominated by the president’s jobs plan and speech before the U.N. But don’t worry - It’s A Free Country is here to catch you up on the 2012ers again, pre-debate.

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Mitch Daniels on Keeping the Republic

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What you’d like to do is win the next election with a large consensus of Americans ready to make big change.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Understanding Obama's UN Speech

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Everyone has their own style and things that they bring to the General Assembly, but for them it’s a moment if theater in which they’re trying to communicate to the rest of the world their national priorities.

Steve Clemons, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The GOP Fight Over the HPV Vaccine

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[W]ho would have thought this would be the big issue in the Republican primaries?

Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine Ryan Lizza on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How September 11 Shaped our Laws

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remember before 9/11? When you could go through airport security without taking off your shoes and take a day trip into Mexico or Canada with only your driver's license?

Ten years and two wars later, It's A Free Country takes a look at some of the legal changes that have outlived Osama bin Laden.

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Recapping the GOP Debate with Reihan Salam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The Agenda," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum the Decline (and Potential Comeback) of the U.S.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Unemployment and the President

Monday, September 05, 2011

On this week's Washington Report, WQXR's Kerry Nolan speaks with chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times David Sanger about the political implications of the job numbers, the Republican candidate debate, and why the president's foreign policy successes are not helping him much at home.

Next for Obama: Focus on Infrastructure

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Honestly in politics it’s hard to overestimate how incompetent people are… you can't totally write off the possibility in politics that people were just bumbling, because often, people are, and it gets attributed to some kind of devious intention.

Senior Politics reporter Ben Smith, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale continues her monthly series with us. This week: how independent groups are going after minority voters.

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Connie Mack's Plan to Balance the Budget, One Penny at a Time

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Florida Congressman Connie Mack has a plan to save the country from its growing deficit, using nothing but pennies.

Mack, a Republican, is promoting a "one-cent solution" to balance the budget in eight years by cutting spending every year by one percent. The proposal, called the One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011, aims to eliminate one penny from every dollar spent by the federal government, reducing the GDP from 25 percent to 18 percent and then capping it there.

The ideas seems popular among GOP lawmakers. The Act lists thirteen co-sponsors, and at least one more, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, has announced intention to sign on once the recess is over. Several key conservative organizations have endorsed the plan, including FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union and the One Cent Solution.

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New Immigration Policy Offers Hope to the DREAM-Act Eligible

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We’re talking about a pretty large number of people across the country, as many as three-quarters of a million, 750,000 people, across the country, who might immediately be eligible if the DREAM Act were to pass.

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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NJ Rep. Lance: Washington Must Next Act on Jobs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I am willing to consider the proposals of the president… my personal view is what we need is certainty in the economy.

New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) discusses what he's been hearing from his constituents while Congress is in recess, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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What To Expect From Obama's Jobs Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A short term band-aid is not the worst thing in the world.

Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Mormonism and American Politics

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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The LDS membership, notably in Utah, is the most faithful to the Republican party than any other group, even more than people who identify as evangelicals.

Richard N. Ostling, former religion writer for the Associated Press and Time Magazine and co-author of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Art From the Disintegration of an Empire

Friday, August 12, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Liz White talks with WQXR and WNYC arts critic Carolina Miranda about the former Soviet bloc exhibits at MoMA and the New Museum.

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Rangel Turns 81 In Good Company

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Charlie Rangel's birthday bash fundraiser was a bit like an encyclopedia of Democratic New York politics.

Present at the Plaza Hotel ballroom were Assemblyman (and CD-9 hopeful) David Weprin, Queens Party boss Congressman Joe Crowley, and former NYC mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.

Onstage, Dinkins referred to the small group of protesters standing in front of the Plaza, calling for the resignation of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (also present). Dinkins said it reminded him of last year's party, when people protested Rangel.

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Meet Congress' Debt Super Committee

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Congress has named the first few picks for the deficit reduction “super committee.” It’s A Free Country takes a look at some of the people charged with determining where to cut $1.5 trillion out of the nations budget over the next ten years.

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Rangel Talks Re-Election, Obama and Harlem's Changing Demographics

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The always irrepressible Charlie Rangel is holding a fundraiser and birthday bash tonight, headlined by Aretha Franklin. It's A Free Country caught up with the Congressman for a few words in a coffee shop at Rockefeller Center, where he had just finished an appearance on MSNBC.

Does a fundraiser mean ...

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