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Steffen Schmidt

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Opinion: The Case for Foreign Aid

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Which president said - “U.S. assistance is essential to express and achieve our national goals in the international community — a world order of peace and justice"? Richard Nixon. 

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Opinion: Obama - Rev. Wright SuperPAC Ad 'Leaked' to Perfection

Monday, May 21, 2012

How about this scenario? The whole thing was a carefully orchestrated drama that rolled out and ended just as it was intended to do. Everyone hit their marks in the studio state and played their role to perfection.

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Opinion: The Filibuster Has Pirated Democracy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The founding fathers designed the filibuster as a last resort to be used rarely to block legislation seen as likely to pass but deemed dangerous by one member of the Senate.

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Opinion: Why Obama and Romney Should be Worried about Shrinking Work Force

Monday, May 07, 2012

Looking at these numbers gives us a sense of the "Big Picture” of unemployment, and cements the idea that jobs will continue to be a crucial factor in U.S. elections for many years to come.

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Opinion: Obama Scored Direct Hit with Afghanistan Trip

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

On this historic trip, Obama executed a brilliant judo move that simultaneously took down two effective GOP criticisms of his presidency.

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Opinion: Obama's 'Narrowcasting' Playbook on Student Loans

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Obama reelection strategy is to "narrowcast" themes to very specific constituencies - women voters, Hispanic/Latinos, and young, college-educated or those just entering and in college.

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The State of the GOP

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Five Republican primaries, no real surprises: Mitt Romney sweeps the night and is now looking ahead to the general election. Anna Sale, reporter for our co-producer WNYC's politics website It's A Free Country, takes a step back to discusses Newt Gingrich and the continuation of this seemingly finished race. Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country contributor and professor of political science at Iowa State University, looks forwards and considers Romney's fight for the hearts and minds of the GOP base.

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Opinion: Romney is Coasting to the GOP Nod, But Not the Hearts and Minds

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In the competitive primaries and caucuses Romney almost never got 50 percent of the vote. It’s also alarming to some that Santorum has not endorsed him and that in addition to Ron Paul, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is also still in the race although he represents a dying star. I ...

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Everyday Life, Politicized

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Everyone acknowledges that our nation's politics are as polarized as any time in recent memory. But some observers worry that polarization is carrying over into areas outside the public sphere. Steffen Schmidt, contributor to It's a Free Country, thinks the politicization of everyday life is a terrible development and is concerned about its implications for the country's future. Tom Edsall is a professor at the Columbia Journalism School and author of "The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics."

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Opinion: Everything's Political, And it's Terrible

Monday, April 16, 2012

This level of compartmentalization of business and services into the political realm marks a new polarization in our political discourse, and it's a bad thing.

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Opinion: Now What Happens to Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The suspension of Santorum’s campaign has been correctly declared to be the start of the national election campaign pitting Mitt Romney against Barack Obama. But, there will be a strong sideshow inside the Republican Party as the various characters and factions especially Rick Santorum try to position themselves for the next seven months.

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Opinion: Welcome to the Endless Campaign Season

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The American political process has become a “permanent election.” After we hold an election, all the candidates have to begin raising money for the next election years down the road, and there is no longer any respite from the endless advertisements, snarkiness and hot air emanating from the punsters.

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Opinion: Why Santorum's 'English Only' Gaffe is Genius

Monday, March 19, 2012

GOP candidate Rick Santorum was quoted in saying that if the territory wanted U.S. statehood, they'd have to make English their only official language. Smart move.

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Opinion: The GOP's Primary Calendar is to Blame for 'Southern Nightmare'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Republican leaders are defending the primary calendar and the decision to have so many contests divide delegates proportionately. I’m not so sure. A quick early victory would have spared the contenders the endless scrutiny of their positions on issues and their frequent slips of tongue.

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Opinion: Citizens United Didn't Cause the Problem, Just Made it a Whole Lot Worse

Monday, March 12, 2012

Why is so much money going to loose cannon groups instead of the political parties who would be held responsible for inaccurate and excessively brutal political advertising?

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Opinion: Delegate Math: What They Need to Win

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It's a catastrophic disaster for the GOP that the results of Super Tuesday were so completely indecisive.

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Opinion: What's Super Tuesday, and Why Should We Care?

Monday, March 05, 2012

The proportional allocation of delegates diminishes the impact of Super Tuesday this year.

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Opinion: Why Romney's Michigan Scare is Great for Obama

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ultimately the Republicans have probably lost Michigan with their anti-government and anti-auto industry bailout rants, which is particularly meaningful as Michigan has been tracking Republican.

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Opinion: Ron Paul Beats Obama in Iowa—So Now What?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In a state critical to the President's re-election chances, a new poll finds Ron Paul is the only Republican beating both Obama and the margin of error.

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Opinion: The GOP's Gender Gap is Real—and Poses Big 2012 Problems

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The GOP has had a continuous and serious deficit in the support it receives from women in the United States. The contraception debate hasn't helped.

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