Stephen Reader

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Five Things We Learned from Obama's Roosevelt Speech

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

More than just another call to extend a payroll tax cut, today's speech from President Obama on the economy gave a broad idea of the kind of campaign he'll run during the general election, and what his policy priorities would be if he won a second term.

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Trump Blows More Smoke About Presidential Bid, But is There a Fire?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A series of e-mails from the tax-exempt 527 group "Should Trump Run?" is attempting to stoke new speculation about—and donations to—another campaign for The Donald.

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Newt Ascendant: Your Guide to Gingrich

Monday, December 05, 2011

When Newt Gingrich first formed his presidential exploratory committee back in March of 2011, we wondered if this was the "Return of the Mack." Once he jumped into the race, his staff jumped ship, his campaign sank into debt, and we stopped wondering. However, the unlikely events of the last month—Perry's "Oops," the Cain Train's fantastic derailing, Romney's continued "meh"—have us, and the electorate, taking a second look. This is your guide to Gingrich, complete with some things you might not know about the latest Republican hopeful to make a grab for the Not-Mitt-Romney mantle.

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Direct Democracy

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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, Khalil Byrd, CEO of Americans Elect, talked about the campaign to nominate a presidential candidate outside the political party system.

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Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

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, Paul Krugman reviewed the failure of the Super Committee to reach a deal, the ongoing crisis in Europe and the future of the euro, and more from the world of politics and economics.

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Obama's NH Jobs Speech: Hecklers, Taxes, and Silence on Super Committee

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

President Barack Obama gave a jobs speech today at Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire, where he was heckled by Occupy Wall Street supporters.

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Super Fallout: Why the Debt Committee Failed

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TIME's Jay Newton-Small says that poor voter turnout means that most people aren't represented in the United States' most representative body. Congress is representing the extremes, and that's why it feels like nothing's getting done.

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GOP Book Report: Highlights from the 2012 Campaign Reads

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What did voters learn about the candidates—their biographies, their politics, their vision for the country—through more than just the news stories and blog posts and 140-character updates?

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Chris Matthews on Disappointment with Obama, Super Committee's Crying 'Uncle'

Monday, November 21, 2011

[Barack Obama] promised to be a transformative president; in that case, you have to tell us what you're going to transform.

—  Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC's "Hardball" and NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Super Committee Struggles: What $1.2 Trillion in Cuts Looks Like

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Should the deficit reduction super committee fail to cut at least $1.2 trillion in spending, a trigger will do it for them, taking an axe to defense spending while largely sparing entitlement programs.

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Poll: NYers Have Obama Beating Romney, All Republicans by at Least 25 Points

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A new Siena poll of registered New York voters has Barack Obama beating Republican front-runner Mitt Romney by 25 points, and the president's favorability rating at its highest point since July.

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Occupying Democracy: Spitzer, Wilde on Confronting Inequality

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Interests like Greg David and [Kathryn Wilde] lobby vociferously against the very expenditures that would make investment in education and infrastructure possible...I'm not stereotyping, I'm talking fact. F-A-C-T, fact.

Eliot Spitzer, former Governor of New York, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Highlights From Herman Cain's NPC Appearance: Yes, He Sang

Monday, October 31, 2011

In case you missed it, Herman Cain sang on demand at today's National Press Club luncheon. It was a hymn, and it wasn't about pizza.


The Constitution's Odd Clauses

Monday, October 31, 2011

Even if they don't make the news, even if they're not litigated, they provide the constitutional backdrop for how our democracy works. If we're going to understand the Constitution, we're going to have to understand all of it.

Jay Wexler, law professor at Boston University and author of the new book, The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Monday Morning Politics: Cain Stained, Super Committee Struggles

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is part of a vetting process for a candidate who has done better than any of us expected. Herman Cain has really defied the expectations of political reporters who didn't take him seriously even as he was rising in the polls. We were slow to recognize the appeal he had with the Republican electorate. Now he's beating Rick Perry in a poll in Texas.

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Explainer: The Perry Plan Flat Tax

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Republican presidential nomination hopeful Rick Perry isn’t counting himself out of the race yet. Despite slipping steeply in the polls, the Texas governor is back with a new approach, and it involves reforming America’s ridiculously complicated federal tax policy. Perry has been coy with some of the intricacies, and so far independent tax analysts haven’t been able to gather enough details about Perry’s plan to rate it. But for now, here is what we know so far about Rick Perry's flat tax:


CBO Shows Income Gap Widens Further

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Seemingly tailor-made for protesters, new statistics from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office show after-tax income grew more for the top 1 percent than it has for anyone else since 1979.

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Is There an Obama Doctrine on Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Libya was the test case for the un-Iraq. This was an effort to make the commitment at the beginning that there would be no American ground troops.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Fresh Endorsements: Sununu Supports Romney, Forbes Favors Perry

Monday, October 24, 2011

Former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu announced today that he would endorse Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, while business mogul Steve Forbes came out in support of Rick Perry over the weekend.


Why We're Withdrawing From Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

About 95 percent of American troops there are waiting to leave. They're twiddling their thumbs; there isn't much to do. Right now we have the lowest number of U.S. and Iraqi civilian fatalities and of armed attacks in Iraq—all three of those statistics—since the war began.

Fred Kaplan, writer of the War Stories column for Slate and author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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