Jen Poyant

Senior Producer, The Takeaway

Jen Poyant appears in the following:

losses in congress

Monday, November 03, 2008

In the last few days before the election, House and Senate Republicans, have been pushing hard to help incumbents facing tough re-election races keep their seats in Congress. The Senate GOP poured new resources into states like Minnesota, North Carolina and Georgia, while House Republicans focused on Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky. New York Times reporter David Herszenhorn talks with John Hockenberry about whether this last push for Congressional republicans has legs.


Nov. 4, 2008, and the political legacies of Charlotta Bass and Shirley Chisholm

Monday, November 03, 2008

Tomorrow, for the first time in history, American will put either an African-American man in the White House or elect a woman as vice president. Today, we take a look at several African-American women who helped make this moment in history possible. These women were writers, politicians and civil rights leaders. But their names are often omitted in the discussion about how we got to this pivotal moment in American history.


prison vote

Monday, November 03, 2008

Maine and Vermont are the only two states in the country that allow convicted felons to vote while in prison. But in Maine, prisons are one of the only places that the campaigns can't actually penetrate. Prisoners don’t have access to the candidates' campaigns and are barred from talking politics with prison staff. As the presidential campaign wraps up, Jeffrey Merrill, the warden of Maine State Prison joins us to talk about how Maine's prisoners participate in the electoral process.


Harry Shearer

Friday, October 31, 2008

With just four days left until the election, early voting and new polling numbers are dominating the headlines. But comedian and satirist Harry Shearer doesn't want voters overlook the legacy of President George W. Bush and his administration. His new CD is "Songs of the Bushmen."


Affirmative Action

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Takeaway continues its series on hot-button ballot initiatives that are making headlines around the country. In Nebraska, Initiative 424 could ban affirmative action in state government and universities. It's an initiative gaining traction throughout the country largely because of the efforts of one man.


syrian attack

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

U.S. officials are only speaking anonymously about why American military planes bombed the border of Syria on Sunday. Joshua Landis of the Center for Middle East Studies explains how the attack may affect U.S.-Syrian relations.

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8 days to Election

Monday, October 27, 2008

Eight days before the election, New York Times editor Marcus Mabry talks with The Takeaway about how far we've come since the primaries, and what to expect in the last week of campaigning.


World Series

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Philadelphia Phillies are now up three games to one over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series, but writer Jeff Beresford-Howe was hoping to see something he hasn't during the series: baseball.



Monday, October 27, 2008

By this week, the U.S. military in Iraq should have largely transferred responsibility for paying members of "the Sons of Iraq," Sunni Arab groups fighting al-Qaida to the Iraqi government. And, senior Iraqi politicians are warning that, after eight months of talks, a major deal between Baghdad and Washington that directs the presence of American troops in Iraq is doomed.


Economy Week

Monday, October 27, 2008

The latest economic news is a forecast for another rough week for Americans. American companies in the goods and services sector continue to cut jobs while analysts are looking to new home sales remaining flat and a continued devaluing of the housing market.

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Absentee ballots

Friday, October 24, 2008

More voters are sending in absentee ballots in 2008 as a way to beat the lines on Election Day. But some absentee voters are worried that if their ballots are sent with the wrong postage, they'll be returned, meaning their votes won't count. The Takeaway finds out what happens to a ballot with insufficient postage.

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Early voting

Thursday, October 23, 2008



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This year, the blog has become a political force. By analyzing daily polls, the blog is projecting that the Obama campaign's push in crucial swing states and red states may help him win 270 electoral votes.

How will the swing states swing? Play armchair pollster and track the electoral college predictions. Embed the tracker on your Web site or blog as a widget or at full size.


Obama Visits New Jersey for Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Barack Obama dropped by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark yesterday for a low-budget fundraiser. Students paid $15, others paid $25 to hear what the Illinois senator had to say. Jen Poyant reports.

Newarkers of all ages came out for to support the candidate ...