Anna Sale

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Bloomberg Headlines Launch of 'No Labels' Group for Independents

Monday, December 13, 2010

No Labels, but a lot of bold-faced names. Stars from politics and punditry will be at the Monday launch of a new independent group that's looking to seize the center of the national political debate.

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After Citizens United, Political and Legal Strategies Still Evolving

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's been nearly a month since the midterm elections, but the impact on the elections of the Supreme Court's January decision that the government may not limit political spending by corporations in candidate elections is still being debated.


Local NYC Business Angle for Holiday Customers

Friday, November 26, 2010

The recession was not kind to small business owners. As they closed down shop, big-box discount retailers moved in to grab their customers. But this holiday season – when consumers at all income levels are expected to spend a little more – locally-owned specialty stores may get some of bounce.

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Lazio: GOP Has Soul-Searching To Do

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"I believe the Republican Party has a lot of soul searching to do here. By the way, I think the Democratic Party does too, but maybe for different reasons. I think the Republican Party needs to decide who they are, what they want to be, where they want to take the people of the state or the nation."

-Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Blumenthal and McMahon Face Ambivalent Connecticut Voters

Monday, September 27, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton headed to New Haven, Connecticut over the weekend to campaign for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Clinton's classmate at Yale Law School. Clinton's trying to lend some firepower to candidates around the country, and Blumenthal is locked in a close race for US Senate with Republican Linda McMahon, the former CEO of  World Wrestling Entertainment.

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16 Years after Contract with America, GOP Outlines a New Vision for America

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Almost sixteen years ago to the day, Republicans laid out their midterm platform in their Contract with America. It preceded a sweeping victory for the GOP in Washington, as they took control of the House of Representatives and Newt Gingrich took the Speaker's gavel.

Now, they are laying out a new vision in a Pledge to America (thanks for posting, Politico!). 

How much difference does 16 years make? What stands out to you in the two platforms? Give us your read - and tell us whether you're a Republican, Democrat, or Independent.

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Just Six Points Apart - Paladino Narrowly Trails Cuomo in New Poll

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In its first poll of likely general election voters, the Quinnipiac Poll found Republican nominee Carl Paladino narrowly trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 43-49 percent.

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Anger at Incumbents on the Last Day of Primaries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Across the country, today’s primary elections are the final round before November’s general election. When the last seven states take to the polls, they will close this season's intra-party jockeying and complete the story of how the political narrative of “anti-incumbent anger” is really playing out in voting booths nationwide.  


Bullhorn: Former CT Gov Weicker on Reelection Obsession

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


I think what’s broken is the failure of anybody to communicate in a civil way. When I was in the Senate and the House of Representatives, there were huge differences of opinions between Republicans and Democrats. Nevertheless, the fact is those differences occurred on about ten percent of the issues. Ninety percent of the time we all agreed as to what ought to be done.

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First Take: Homeless 5 Years After Katrina, State of the Economy, 'Glee's' Jane Lynch

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

All this week, we've looked back at the legacy of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast. Five years later, there are still 12,000 people who are homeless in the New Orleans. That’s twice the rate of homelessness from before the hurricane. Tomorrow we’ll talk with Rosalind King, who still does not have a permanent home for her family. We’ll also speak with Seth Fiegerman, staff writer for The about why so many people are still struggling to get back on their feet five years after the storm. We'll also hear from two people — Leo McGovern and Dr. Brobson Lutz — who were immortalized in the award-winning Hurricane Katrina graphic novel "A.D." by Josh Neufeld.

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First Take: Yemen Terrorist Threat, Chilean Miners, Design Cars for Safer Texting?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

We're following up today on reports of a major paradigm shift in U.S. counterterrorism strategy. The Washington Post reported this morning that the CIA no longer believes that the most urgent terror threat comes from the Pakistan-based al-Qaida cell connected to Osama bin Laden. Now, analysts are focused more on the activity of an al-Qaida offshoot in Yemen. For tomorrow's show, we're reaching out to counterterrorism thinkers and experts on Yemen to learn more about what exactly that means, and what changes it could bring for counterterrorism tactics and resource distribution.

We also continue to be glued to the story of the trapped miners in Chile. As we learn more details — about their messages to people above, their meager rations, their first contact with their families — we only have more questions. We'll have the latest from the mine site tomorrow, and take a closer look at the culture and geography of this Chilean mining region.  

Finally, Joel Johnson, editor at large of asked in a recent column, “Why Isn't There A Better Way to Text While Driving?” So far, he’s received over 500 responses to his column, most of which suggest that people who text and drive simply give it up, use the phone instead, or die behind the wheel because they deserve to. But Joel Johnson insists that, in a world where most people text and drive, his question is valid. What do you think? Should texting while driving be outlawed or be made safer?

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First Take: Primary Results, Deploying for Afghanistan Surge, Questions of Life and Death in Organ Donation

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

There are elections today in five states (Fla, Ariz, Ark., Vt, and Okla.), so we are getting ready for an exciting night of returns. We're reaching out to reporters and political thinkers to help us unpack the results and decipher any national threads to pull out — incumbent backlash, the fortunes of Tea Party-backed candidates, for example — but we also want to hear from voters about their motivations at the polls. If you're voting today, let us know what's on your mind as you make your choice.

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First Take: Biloxi Rebuilds After Katrina, Young Muslims on Mosque Debate, Traditions Worth Saving

Monday, August 23, 2010

Anna Sale here on the dayshift.

This week marks five years since Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast, and all this week we'll be looking at how communities and culture have changed in its aftermath. We talked this morning about how the shortcomings of the federal government response still loom large in political debates. Tomorrow, we'll hear voices from Biloxi, Miss. about quietly rebuilding and reorienting, with the media spotlight turned  the other way.

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First Take: Legacy of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Getting Aid to Pakistan, NYers on Mosque

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

We spent this morning unpacking the meaning of the last combat brigade departure from Iraq. We talked to former weapons inspector Hans Blix, reporters on the ground and in Washington, a resident of Baghdad, and military wives on how their families are processing the news. We analyzed the media's handling of the milestone, and we also heard from you. We'll continue our look at the legacy of Operation Enduring Freedom tomorrow, and we could use your help. Do you think we won the Iraq war? Let us know what you think at 877-8-MY-TAKE or in the comments here.

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First Take: Slow Aid to Pakistan, Young and Unemployed, World Without Islam

Monday, August 16, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

We are continuing to follow the impact of the monsoon floods in Pakistan. We talked this morning to the host of the BBC's radio service called "Lifeline," which is trying to reach Pakistanis, offering a call-in for people who need important aid information, and also giving them a forum for telling their own story during the disaster. Tomorrow we will look at the scale of the international aid response, and it has its critics. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the effort so far "absolutely pitiful." We'll talk about how much has been pledged so far, the pace of the response and what's needed to address what United Nations Secretary General Bahn Ki Moon calls the worst disaster he's ever witnessed.

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First Take: Charges against Rangel, Spill in Michigan and Gulf Claims in Boise, Clarifying Claims Process, Duvall and Spacek on 'Get Low'

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Anna Sale, here, on the day shift.

The House Ethics Committee has just released the list of thirteen alleged violations charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) (PDF, 1MB). Todd Zwillich has been reportings on the hearing all day, and tomorrow, he will have reactions and the latest on the political fallout in Washington and New York. For a little context, check out our conversation this morning, about the history of the famous (and infamous) political leaders who have come from Harlem.

We are also watching a few oil-spill-related stories today, and and only part of our attention is on the Gulf Coast. We’re monitoring proceedings in Boise, where a panel of federal judges are considering where and how the liability claims against BP will be processed. Among their decisions: whether the  judges presiding over liability claims will be based near the spill in New Orleans or near BP headquarters in Houston. It’s part symbolism and part legal strategy, and we’re reaching out to lawyers and Gulf coast residents to hear what they’re making of it all. We’re also reaching out to reporters at Takeaway station WDET in Detroit to get the latest on the oil spill that’s making its way to Lake Michigan.

Finally, we were honored to have Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek in studio recently to talk about their new film, 'Get Low.' It was a great conversation and such an honor to hear two giants of their craft talk about making this movie together. It’s about an elderly hermit planning his funeral – which he wants to attend – and if that premise doesn’t get you in the theater, their chemistry and affection for one another certainly will.

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First Take: Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law, Questioning Obama's Education Policy, Better Movies than Books

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift. 

This just in: a federal judge in Arizona has blocked some of the most controversial parts of the state's immigration law. They were scheduled to go into effect tomorrow. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's injuction includes the part of the law that required police to check immigration status while enforcing other laws. Prior to this decision, the enforcement of the new law may still have varied across the state, depending on the different interpretations and capabilties of local police agencies. Tomorrow, we'll review the decision and look at what happens next in court and in Arizona communities.

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In Colorado Midterms, Nobody Wants to Be the Insider

Monday, July 26, 2010

It may seem like a distant memory, but back in 2008, the story of the Democratic presidential primary was the rise of a relative newcomer to Washington taking on the party establishment with grassroots organizing. It was a winning strategy for then-candidate Barack Obama in Colorado, where he earned more than two-thirds of the primary votes and defeated Hillary Clinton. 

In Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary this year, there’s another candidate campaigning as an outsider, but the establishment narrative is flipped. This time, the political newcomer is the incumbent, and the challenger is a mainstay of Colorado politics.


First Take: Lessons from Iraq; Tipping Point for Big 3?; Filmmaker Todd Solondz on Discomfort and Storytelling

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Anna Sale here on the day shift.

The war debate in Washington has recently centered on the Obama administration's strategy in Afghanistan, while the troop drawdown in Iraq is proceeding in the background. We talked last week about the last transfer of an American-run prison back to Iraqi control, but there's so much more to reflect on as the war decrescendos. We'll be having a series of conversations over the next several months about the lessons learned in Iraq. What do you think we've learned in the past seven years?

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First Take: Listeners on Lost Jobs and Shirley Sherrod; How the Fed Grades the Economy (and What It Means for You); Comic-Con!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Updated 6:57pm EST

Arwa Gunja here on the night shift.

We’re watching two breaking stories in different American cities. In Detroit, Police Chief Warren Evans unexpectedly stepped down earlier today. And in Chicago, the defense rested in the trial of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, even without having him testify. We’ll get updates on both stories.

And a third city is making headlines today. In a 5-2 vote, Oakland City Council approved an ordinance to allow industrial marijuana production. This comes just weeks before a vote in California on whether to legalize recreation use of marijuana. Currently, fourteen states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. The decision in Oakland now opens up a new avenue for the crop to enter the commercial sector. Tomorrow, we’ll talk with Ryan Nerz, author of the book, “MarijuanAmerica,” about whether our society is growing more tolerant of pot and its legalization.

Also tomorrow, Slate writer Emily Bazelon returns to the show to talk about her article, “What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince.” The story of Phoebe Prince made international headlines when the 15-year-old girl took her own life in January, after she was alledgebly the repeated victim of bullies in school. Tomorrow, six of accused bullies are facing felony charges, including charges for statutory rape charges for two of the accused. But Bazelon, who has bee investigating the case since February, says the story is much more complicated than it appears. She’ll share her findings tomorrow on the show.

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