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NJ Sen. Sweeney Says Gay Marriage Will Pass, Expects Christie to Veto

Friday, February 10, 2012

Despite a veto threat from Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the legislature is poised to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Garden State.

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Frank Rich on the Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Frank RichNew York Magazine writer at large, discussed the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad and the politics around it.

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Explainer: Where the States Stand on Gay Marriage

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

California's Proposition 8, a law banning same-sex marriage in the state, has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals panel. Meanwhile, a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Washington state has passed the State Senate and is on its way to the House.

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SuperPAC Totals Only Tip of the Corporate Cash Iceberg: Watchdog

Monday, February 06, 2012

Thousands of pages of Federal Election Commission Filings released at the end of January show that businesses have helped Super PACs raise over $40 million so far. But current disclosure practices ensure there's no way to know how much corporations are really spending on elections, according to a campaign finance reform advocate.

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Explainer: How Candidates Take on the Tax Code

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

President Obama's "Buffett Rule," requiring at least a 30 percent effective tax rate on millionaires, was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. Here's what your tax return could look like if he—or any of the other candidates for president—has his way.

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Early Returns From PAC Filings: Colbert Booms, Perry Busts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New year-end reports filed with the Federal Election Commission trickle out today, and the early word is that Stephen Colbert's Super PAC raised just under $1 million, while former candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann floundered.

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Poll: More than 1/3 of Florida Republicans Still Waiting for New Candidate

Monday, January 30, 2012

While a Suffolk University poll finds Mitt Romney opening up a 20-point lead on Newt Gingrich in Florida, data also show that 40 percent of Republicans in the Sunshine State are still waiting for a savior.

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Explainer: Why Mitt's Taxes are 5 Times More Complicated Than Newt's

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

According to a tax expert, Romney's 2010 return is on another planet from his main competition, Newt Gingrich.

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After Son Rand's Detainment, Ron Paul Raises $60K and Counting in 'End TSA' Money Bomb

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ron Paul has raised over $60,000 in his "End the TSA" money-bomb since yesterday, when the TSA detained his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, for refusing a pat-down.

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Generate Your Own SuperPAC Name!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winning Our Future. Boost Our Future. Restore Our Future. Two of these are SuperPACs that have boosted the Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney campaigns during the 2012 election season, and one we made up. It's A Free Country decided to have a little fun with the generic patriotism and meaningless obscurity that SuperPAC names purposefully create by making our own SuperPAC name generator.

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Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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Obama Calls for Consolidation Authority, Shrinking Government

Friday, January 13, 2012

While Republican presidential candidates continue to call for smaller government and fewer federal agencies, Barack Obama this morning proposed to consolidate six departments focused on business and trade.

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Explainer: Why Dixville Notch Votes at Midnight

Monday, January 09, 2012

Thanks to a latex pioneer who lived to be 102 years old, the tiny village of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire (pop. 9) is the first community to cast its ballots in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.

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Paul, Santorum and Huntsman: The Final Sell Before NH

Monday, January 09, 2012

Two hope to keep their surprising momentum going, while a third looks for his big break.

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It's Alive: Herman Cain to Renew Push for '9-9-9'

Friday, January 06, 2012

Yes, yes, yes. For those who felt Cain's absence at the debates and campaign stops this winter, a thaw is coming.

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Obama Introduces New Head of Consumer Watchdog Agency

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

President Obama gave a speech today in Cleveland, Ohio, where he introduced Richard Cordray as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and scolded congressional Republicans for failing to confirm the former Attorney General sooner.

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After Bachmann, A Look at the When and Why to Call it Quits

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Following her sixth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses last night, in which she only got five percent of the vote, Michele Bachmann announced this morning that she's ending her campaign for president.

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Rep. Garrett: Keystone Pipeline, not Payroll Tax Cut, is Real Job-Creator

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, US Congressman (R-NJ 5th) Scott Garrett discussed unfinished business including the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits.

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Gillibrand: Keystone Pipeline 'Poison Pill' for Payroll Tax Cut

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, New York Senator (D) Kirsten Gillibrand rounded up news from Washington as the legislative session wraps up, from the payroll tax cuts to unemployment benefits and more.

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What's Keeping Latino Voters Away from the GOP?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Matt Barreto, advisor to impreMedia/Latino Decisions polling and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, discussed the findings of a new poll, which suggests that Latino voters do not care as much about religion or social issues as previously thought.

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