Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week's panel includes Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, Jeff Yang, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It's a Free Country, and Farai Chideya, journalist and fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. They'll cover Facebook’s step into public life, developments in the Senate and House showdown over the Violence Against Women Act, and new developments in the death of Trayvon Martin.
You've probably heard pundits point to various attributes of each presidential candidate, Obama's likeability or Romney's stance on the economy, for instance, as explanations of why they appeal with different demographics, or to explain rises and falls in the polls. But it could turn out that none of these factors make much of a difference.
Not surprisingly, President Obama’s announcement last week in support of same-sex marriage appeared to mobilize his gay supporters. But, contrary to what some might expect, it also appeared to mobilize his Latino supporters, regardless of their sexual orientation.
It’s hard to imagine the Senate without the filibuster, but now the non-profit group Common Cause is filing a lawsuit against the Supreme Court claiming that the notorious senate procedure is, in fact, unconstitutional. The Takeaway talks with the plaintiff’s attorney Emmet Bondurant and filibuster scholar Gregory Koger to find out where the filibuster came from, what good it’s done us, and whether it’s going to stick around.
President Obama's campaign attacked Mitt Romney's record on Bain Capital with an add that paints a picture of Romney as a job killer. In response, Romney team has put out its own ad, hailing Romney as a job creator who can save struggling American cities. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reviews the competing ads and assess whether which character description of Romney is more likely to stick with voters.
Mitt Romney and President Obama may find themselves watching events unfold in Europe with a little uneasiness. After all, Europe's political calendar may pose the perfect economic storm, and it could blow across the Atlantic and decide who becomes President of the United States. Brookings Institution senior fellow on foreign policy Justin Vaisse explains how the dominoes could fall in Europe and the United States.
Just days after President Barack Obama declared his support of gay marriage, a standing body of the U.S. House of Representatives will try to block an attempt by five legally married same-sex couples to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has shaped his life, but he barely mentioned it as he spoke to graduates at an evangelical Christian university Saturday.
Over the past few years, The Daily Show has grown into a cultural phenomenon and a political powerhouse. But when The Daily Show began in 1996, Comedy Central was a tiny network with few cable subscribers. Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, writes in her new memoir, "Lizz Free or Die," that the show's remarkable success was predicated on the "gold mine of comedy material" on television news.
President Obama’s endorsement for gay marriage was a landmark moment for the nation, but African-Americans have historically been against the issue. Is that about to change? Rev. Delman Coates discusses ideologic and moral "evolution" of gay marriage in the African-American community. He is a pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George County, Maryland, and was among just a handful of African-American preachers in the state to support a bill this past February legalizing gay marriage.
President Obama's supporters in New York's gay community are already registering their appreciation for his new stance on gay marriage. Campaign officials are telling supporters privately they've already noticed an uptick in giving and offers to host new fundraising events.
“I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” President Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview with ABC News yesterday. The comments mark an apparent end to Obama’s two-year, self-described “evolution” on the issue. An openly gay minister from North Carolina and a spokesperson for the Christian-values group American Family Association share their reactions.
President Obama’s public declaration of his support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts yesterday, could have a polarizing effect this campaign season, invigorating some voters and potentially alienating others. Gay campaign political activists and campaign donors are among those with a strong reaction to the news. The Takeaway spoke to one top Obama bundler, Dana Perelman, who said he was "exhilarated" by the President’s announcement. From the other end of the gay community came a slightly different reaction. R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans called the timing of the president's announcement "callous."
President Barack Obama has changed his position and now unequivocally supports the legalization of same-sex marriage.
North Carolina Senate Bill 514, more commonly referred to as Amendment 1, is far from unique on the surface: Twenty-nine other states already have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, including all Southeastern states. But because of North Carolina's unique place in the 2012 presidential elections — a likely battleground state, which will also play host to the Democratic National Committee — the amendment has raised eyebrows.
Democrats in Wisconsin chose Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for the upcoming recall election against Governor Scott Walker, which is set for June 5. It's been well over a year since Gov. Walker first earned the wrath of Wisconsin Democrats after backing a bill removing collective bargaining rights from public sector union members. In a proud union state like Wisconsin, the position was met with quick and enduring fury from Democrats and demands for a recall election. Shawn Johnson, Capitol Reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, explains what's happened since.