— Author Ron Suskind, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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.
— Steve Clemons, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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.
— Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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.
— Senior Politics reporter Ben Smith, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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.
— 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...