Stephen Reader

Stephen Reader appears in the following:

Gall Around the World: What Mitt Romney Said on His Overseas Adventure

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

As foreign policy tours go, Mitt Romney’s should have been the equivalent of jumping into a ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese. It hasn't been nearly as easy or fun for the Republican candidate.

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, July 27, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helped end the Con Ed lockout, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie headed for the beach.

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NY Rep. Bob Turner Lone Republican to Vote Against 'Audit the Fed'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 327 – 98, the House of Representatives approved Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill Wednesday afternoon.

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On Anniversary of NY Gay Marriage Vote, GOP Senator Has No Regrets

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A year ago this week, New York State Senator Jim Alesi, a Republican, made the politically risky move to vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Health Care Reform Cheaper After Supreme Court Ruling: CBO

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The CBO revised its estimate for the cost of "Obamacare" after the Supreme Court decided the Medicaid expansion, as designed in the law, was unconstitutional.

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Breaking Down the Romney Fundraising Advantage

Monday, July 23, 2012

For the second straight month, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party raised more money than Barack Obama and the Democrats, campaign filings released last Friday reveal.

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Aha Moment: John Darnielle and Black Sabbath

Friday, July 20, 2012

Twenty years ago John Darnielle formed one of indie rock's great bands: The Mountain Goats. The New Yorker called Darnielle "America's best non-hip hop lyricist”; his songs are moody, literary, maybe a bit navel-gazey. But Darnielle's biggest influence isn't Leonard Cohen ...

Video: Black Sabbath, "Iron Man"


When Will NY Be Able to Register to Vote on Facebook?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Washington has just become the first state to allow people to register to vote via Facebook, and the way things are going, it won’t be the last.


As Republicans Block DISCLOSE Act, Romney's Position Unclear

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

After Senate Republicans won a vote along party lines to kill the DISCLOSE Act, campaign finance reformers may have to wait until after the election to see any meaningful legislation come before Congress.

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Explainer: What the Ron Paul Campaign Needs to Stay Alive

Friday, July 13, 2012

There's still a reason to talk about Ron Paul, and it has to do with whether or not he'll be allowed to talk at the Republican National Convention next month.

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Biden to Romney: Here's How You Address the NAACP

Thursday, July 12, 2012

He had weed jokes—another thing Mitt Romney was missing.


The 5 Boos Mitt Romney Heard During His NAACP Speech

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mitt Romney told the NAACP Wednesday morning, "If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him." The response was mixed.

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What We Learned from Obama's Tax Speech

Monday, July 09, 2012

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

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What's On Herman Cain's CainTV?

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Herman Cain's new website goes above and beyond the high-water mark for weirdness Cain has set over and over again.


Did the ATF Walk Guns to Mexico in Fast & Furious?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, reporter Katherine Eban broke down her breakthrough investigation into the root cause of the Fast and Furious "gun-walking" scandal.

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Post-Ruling, Obama Takes GOP Line on Jobs as Romney Vows Repeal

Thursday, June 28, 2012

President Obama used one of the GOP’s favorite talking points against them in the wake of Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

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What the Health Care Decision Means for the 2012 Elections

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This decision completely alters the narrative of Obama’s presidency. This legislative achievement was the policy priority where the president chose to invest his significant post-election political capital with a Democratic Congress. It wasn't Social Security. It wasn't the tax code. It wasn't immigration reform. It was health care.

And the Supreme Court has let him keep it.

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Explainer: Why are Expats Represented in Home Countries?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

France’s 2012 parliamentary elections marked the first time that French expats could elect direct representation in their home country. More than a dozen countries have similar policies. Is that a good thing?

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Campaign Finance Watchdogs Regroup After Supreme Court's Montana Decision

Monday, June 25, 2012

In fewer than 200 words on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Montana's 100-year-old prohibition on corporate spending in elections, setting the stage for renewed efforts to overturn Citizens United that don't involve the nation's highest court.

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cuomo counts his victories as the legislative session draws to a close in Albany, and an investigation into New Jersey's halfway houses puts Christie on defense.