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Monday Morning Politics: The Year in Obama

Monday, December 30, 2013

At his final press conference of 2013, the first question asked of President Obama was "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, assesses whether it's possible to judge that question, looks back at the year in Obama, what to expect from 2014.

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Mayoral Race for Progressives

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ben SmithBuzzfeed editor in chief, talks about how Anthony Weiner's candidacy affects the other candidates, especially those vying for the progressive vote.

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Monday Morning Politics: Benghazi Emails; IRS Targeting; Obamacare

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last Friday was not the calmest day at the White House, as reporters and Republican lawmakers continued to press on the details of the Benghazi embassy attack. Plus, revelations that the IRS was targeting conservative groupsBen Smith, Buzzfeed editor in chief, talks about the latest from Washington.

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Sen. Smith and Councilman Halloran Arrested in Plot to Rig Mayor's Race

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning for the alleged plot.

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President Obama Press Conference

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ben Smith, editor in chief of Buzzfeed, gives his analysis of the President's press conference, originally scheduled for 11:15 this morning. It will be the final press conference in his first term. 

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Special Coverage: Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

WNYC news host and reporter Richard Hake and NJPR host David Furst join Brian for the latest news on the storm, with WNYC reporters and other guests, including live coverage of Gov. Cuomo's and Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences.  Plus, your calls.


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Democratic Convention Coverage Part 2

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Coverage of Day 3 continues at Charlotte with guests from Radio Row at the convention center. Featuring:

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Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Special Elections in NYC

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Colin Campbell, the man behind the Brooklyn Politics blog, and Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico, discuss the special elections taking place in the NY-9, 54th AD, and elsewhere in the area.

Did you vote today? Tell us how you voted and why. Phones will be open 212.433.WNYC, or post in the comments below!

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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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Debt Ceiling: No End In Sight

Monday, July 25, 2011

There's down to the wire, and then there's this. Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico.com, discusses the continued intransigence in the debt ceiling negotiations in Washington, and the various plans being crafted in the Republican and Democratic camps.

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Anthony Weiner’s Twitter Trouble

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico.com discusses the lewd tweet Representative Anthony Weiner sent out last week, and the controversy that’s ensued.

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In the Senate: Don't Ask, Don't Tell & the DREAM Act

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yesterday, the Senate voted against taking up a military bill that includes the DREAM Act and a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Ben Smith, senior political writer at Politico, discusses the vote and politics at play. Plus, your take on this morning's surprising Paladino-Cuomo poll - it's closer than almost anyone expected.

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Republican Leaders

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and other Republican stars are headed to New Orleans. Politico.com's Ben Smith and Time's Michael Scherer discuss this weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference and what's ahead for the Republican party heading into November's mid-term elections.

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ACORN By Any Other Name

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ACORN is reorganizing. Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of the monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy City Hall, and Ben Smith, senior political writer for Politico.com, discuss the reorganization of the beleaguered anti-poverty group ACORN.

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Copenhagen Climate Conference Begins

Monday, December 07, 2009

The most anticipated conversation about the environment in years will kick off in Copenhagen today. It'll last seven days: Leaders from 192 countries, including President Obama, will attend at least some of the conference. by. International Herald Tribute correspondent James Kanter joins us from Copenhagen to tell us what's on the agenda there. Meanwhile, climate legislation seems low on the list of major priorities for the Obama administration. Politico's Ben Smith joins us to talk about how, with healthcare and financial reform on the agenda, serious legislative action on climate will likely be a long time coming.

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Health Care Battle Lines

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Is the health care debate really Obama's Waterloo? Ben Smith of Politico discusses the battle lines being drawn in Washington. Then, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), discusses what centrist Democrats want from health care legislation, and why he voted against the bill last Friday.

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Partners: Obama Will Extend Same-Sex Benefits

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum today to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees as far as allowed under the Defense of Marriage Act. It's a surprise move that comes as the president faces criticism from several gay rights leaders over what they suggest has been a failure to live up to campaign promises in the first months of his presidency. For more on what the memorandum might provide, we're joined by Politico's Ben Smith.

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Report: No improper contact between Obama staffers and Blagojevich

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

President-elect Obama's aides will release a report today reportedly showing his transition team is clean. Meanwhile, the Illinois state senate committee considering impeachment of Blagojevich ended its work for the week without coming to any definitive conclusions. Politico's Ben Smith joins The Takeaway for an update.

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Palin

Monday, October 27, 2008

In the final, intense sprint to the finish of the election, is there a Sarah Palin insurgency? Politico blogger Ben Smith sees increasing signs of tension in the McCain-Palin camp as lousy poll numbers and damaging revelations — like Palin's $150,000 makeover — are leading to finger-pointing and skirmishes within the campaign.

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RNC Coverage: Hour 1

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ben Smith, reporter for Politico, and Stephen Dinan, reporter and blogger for The Washington Times, discuss the vetting process of Sarah Palin, plus the big speeches from last night.

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Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor, co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council, ...

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