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Republican Debate Reaction

Friday, May 06, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, to offer her quick take on last night's first debate of the 2012 election season. She will be joined by Charles (Chuck) Dunn, professor of government at Regent University and Reihan Salam, National Review Online domestic policy reporter.  

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5 Things We Learned from the First GOP Primary Debate

Friday, May 06, 2011

While only five candidates took the stage last night in Greenville, S.C. for the first Republican debate, we learned plenty of useful things about the field and what's likely to come next.

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What did GOP Hopefuls Talk about in '07 Debates? Deficit and bin Laden

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Four years ago this week, Virginia Tech was still recovering from the shock of a massacre, James Franco was best known for new star turn in Superman 3 (not his multiple grad degrees), and Osama bin Laden was missing.

There was also a wide open field for the Republican nominee for president.

On May 3, 2007, ten candidates met in their first debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

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In Ground Zero Visit, Obama Emphasizes the Sacrifices of New Yorkers

Thursday, May 05, 2011

During his first visit to Ground Zero as president, Obama walked somberly across the stage, individually greeting members of the NYPD, FDNY and the Port Authority. He spoke out of earshot of the cameras, but he appeared to thank them – a poignant exchange that underscores the duties they’d both carried out leading up to this day.

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After the Death of Osama bin Laden, Obama Calls for Unity. Will Anyone Listen?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

President Obama drew a standing ovation when he mentioned the death of Osama bin Laden before a bipartisan dinner in Washington Monday night.

He paused on the meaning of the moment in Washington. “We were reminded again that there is a pride in what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve, that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics,” he said.

“It is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face,” Obama said.

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The Politics of Osama bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

It's A Free Country Political Reporter Anna Sale discusses what the death of Osama bin Laden means for the GOP, President Obama, and the 2012 elections.

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Bin Laden's Death: How It Rewrites the 2012 Script for Obama, GOP

Monday, May 02, 2011

By authorizing the mission that killed bin Laden, President Obama has unquestionably burnished his Commander in Chief image, which needed polishing. But the president will have to answer ever-more urgent questions about his vision for American foreign policy. In first hours after the announcement of bin Laden's death, the still-fuzzy Republican field was tentative on the big questions, including how much credit to grant Obama for this operation.

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Democrats Split on Citizens United Response for 2012

Friday, April 29, 2011

As efforts to amass historic advertising warchests for 2012 continue, there are no clear rules on how much the public gets to know about where that money comes from. The Senate tried and failed to pass legislation requiring more disclosure last fall, and now Democrats are split on making calls for more reform – or lining up to work the system as is.

And in the absence of legislation, don’t expect the Federal Election Commission to step in, the chairwoman said.

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Obama Campaigns Again for Youth Vote

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was hard to tell who was more lucky last night: President Barack Obama being at a show with The Roots or The Roots being at a show with the president. But it wasn't luck that made it happen; President Obama's attendance at their concert follows a recent talk before Facebook nation at their headquarters in Palo Alto, and a speech on the economy at George Washington University. These appearances, plus the launch of Gen44, is an attempt by the President to reach out to America's youth — a key demographic that helped him secure his victory in 2008. We talk with Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's politics website, It's a Free Country.

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Then and Now: Obama Acknowledges Lost Luster

Thursday, April 28, 2011

As he launches his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama is looking to get his legions of supporters fired up again – and his pitch includes acknowledging that two years of governing may have snuffed out some of that passion. Here's a look back at the rhetoric then and now - to see what's changed.

 

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Obama Looks to Recapture Youth Vote with Direct Appeals (and Rockstars)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama still has the support of young people — he scored a 55-percent approval rating in a Harvard Institute of Politics poll of young Americans conducted in February and March — but approval rating is a lot different than an excitement rating.

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Property Tax Cap Leads to Stark Choice in New Jersey Town

Monday, April 25, 2011

If you want to whip an audience into a frenzy in New Jersey, bring up property taxes.

Within five minutes of greeting the crowd at a town hall last week, Governor Chris Christie landed on the surefire crowd-pleaser, taking credit early for the two-percent property tax cap he signed last July.

“People said it would work. Now the early returns are in,” Christie told a town hall in Jackson, New Jersey last week. Out of 566 towns in New Jersey, just 14 opted to ask voters to approve a higher rate. That’s the rightful place for the decision, he told the friendly audience at a retirement community in Jackson, New Jersey.   

“I want to put the power in your hands to make that decision, take it out of the hands of politicians that have screwed this up so badly over the past thirty years that we’re in the spot we’re in," he said.

Christie speech went on to chastise the "do-nothing" legislature, in contrast to his "reform agenda."

But the story is a little more complicated in Brick Township, along the Jersey Shore. It's one of the 14 towns asking for more than two percent higher taxes. It's asking residents to approve a budget that exceeds it by $8 million, the biggest increase of all the towns.

It’s a big ask, and the town is giving residents a stark choice: pay the higher taxes, or the town will stop collecting your trash.

The question goes right at the heart of the budget fights being fought in towns across the country. Resentful taxpayers feeling exploited and angry after year after year of increases, while the local unions have their backs up after Wisconsin and Governor Christie’s persistent hammering. A referendum vote on Wednesday is forcing residents to pick a side, and some feel boxed in by a cap that was supposed to lighten their load.

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Trump’s Business Troubles and Triumphs: Will They Matter?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Like in business, politics can be a shell game, where bluster and feigned disgust commingle with truth. In the private sector, precisely worded contracts and tinkered corporate structures are deployed to contain liability and responsibility. In presidential politics, Trump may not be able to insulate himself in the same way from proximity to trouble, particularly when problem projects share his name.

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Malloy Blasts Infrastructure Spending Cuts: 'This Is Not a Time to Be Timid'

Friday, April 15, 2011

In a political climate with a chorus for cutting, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is underscoring that he's going a different way.

"We need to argue our case," he told a regional planning gathering in New York City on Friday. "This is not a time to be timid."

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Tax Day: Let the Tea Party Rallies Commence!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The IRS decision to extend this year's deadline to April 18 is proving a boon for the Tea Party, who now has a long weekend to protest Tax Day. And despite the Tea Party's lagging public support — the most recent NBC/WSJ poll found 30 percent had a "very negative" view — 2012 GOP contenders are joining their weekend parties.

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Paul Volcker on Debt: This is 'the Debate We Need'

Friday, April 15, 2011

The White House might want to position President Obama as "the adult in the room," but that mantle surely goes to Paul Volcker when he darkens any door. 

And on the day after Obama laid out his vision for reducing the national debt, and hours after Congress passed historic cuts in the middle of a fiscal year, Volcker said, "It's all getting in line for the debate we need."

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5 Things We Learned From Obama's Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama wants to cut $4 trillion from the federal debt in twelve years, with tax increases on the wealthy taxpayers, cuts to some defense, Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary spending, with a mechanism called a "failsafe trigger" to finish the job. Here's what else we learned.

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Budget Challenge: Can Obama Shift From Crisis Management to Fiscal Philosophy?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As President Obama launches his campaign for a second term, he’ll be sharpening his talking points about his record. His speech on Wednesday will lay out exactly the way he wants to position the country on fiscal issues.

Leading up to the speech, he’s given mixed messages, depending on the audience. He's been both a big stimulus spender and a shrewd budget cutter. But the lack of a unifying economic philosophy - as well as any unity on the part of Democrats - has given him little room to maneuver when trying to retain his base and avoid scaring off independents. And while some Democrats are criticizing him for lacking political courage, most of them are out of office.

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Can a New Schools Chancellor Fix Education Reform's Image Problem?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Breaking from the stridency of Rhee or the discomfort of Black, Walcott will test whether better relationships will lead to better politics as he takes on the charge of continuing Bloomberg’s education redesign.

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Axelrod: 2010 Holds Lessons for Obama Re-Election Campaign

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Two days after President Obama launched his reelection campaign, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod came to New York to fire up the base by touting what the president has done for them. More, he came to tell them how much worse it can be.

Speaking in New York City at the 20th anniversary convention of the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization, Axelrod pointed to the 2010 midterms as a cautionary tale.

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