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Alec Hamilton

Assistant Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

Flexing the Money Muscle: Candidates Disclose Fundraising Totals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Here comes the money! Candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have reported their earnings from the three-month fundraising quarter that ended last week.

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Funding FEMA in Congress and the Irene Example

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

We have a federal government right now that sits on our economy like a stone. It does not need to be that way, so this is an expression of frustration which I fully share.

—  U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-NY-19), on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Matt Bai On Life After Christie Says No

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

There’s a fading obsession here among insider Republicans with trying to find some sort of white knight to come in and save that day, and I think Christie was probably the last of that genre.

—  Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bipartisan Effort To Track Lobbyists' Donations to Super-Committee Members

Friday, September 30, 2011

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

Louisiana Senator David Vitter, a Republican, introduced a bill,S.1498, last month to force members of the congressional super-committee on debt to disclose contributions over $1,000 within a 48-hour window.

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PACs and Money on Democracy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If the public is concerned about $2,500 going to a candidate from a particular individual, then I think they should really be concerned about, you know, millions of dollars.

Paul Blumenthal, reporter for the Huffington Post and former senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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What Occupy Wall Street Says About Protesting in America

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I think the reason we’re seeing such… populist anger, really, expressed on both the Right and the Left, is that people see that... they understand that. And where I don’t think we have a national consensus is okay, what’s the answer?

Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Thomson Reuters, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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IAFC's Guide to Candidates and Their Super PACs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Well, here we go.

A year after the Citizens United v. Federal Election ruling severely relaxed any prohibitions on the use of corporate and union money in elections, the implication of that ruling for the 2012 elections is becoming evident.

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Christie Makes the National Case for His NJ Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is he going to jump off and get into this fray, or is he simply just going to be a bystander… Does he have the courage to jump in?

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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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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