Republican Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana has been in the Senate for more than 35 years and until this election cycle, he had not once been forced to run a primary campaign. But Indiana voters cast their ballot yesterday in a high-profile GOP primary contest that pitted Sen. Lugar against Tea Party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock. We get election results and speak with Robert Draper, author of “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” on the Tea Party in 2012.
New York, home of the country’s money and media establishment, generally likes incumbents. But they also turn out in force in hotly contested Congressional races when there are big names in play.
The issue of gay marriage is back in the national spotlight after two high-level members of President Obama’s administration — Vice president Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan — voiced their support for the issue this week. Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, considers the week's happenings and President Obama's vague stance on same-sex marriage.
Presidential campaigns routinely make the rounds in New York during presidential campaigns. So do Republicans and Democrats who come to New York to make their case for donations and control in Congress. Here are the big winners of New York money in Congressional elections in 2012 and 2008.
Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and author of The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise, talks about the presidential campaign and his new book that says free enterprise can be defended on moral grounds.
In 2007, during his contentious primary race with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama spent a week campaigning with Newark Mayor Corey Booker and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The media continually highlighted the difference between these three young, African-American politicians and the generation of black leaders that came before them. A new book by Professor Andra Gillespie examines the new generation of black politicians exemplified by President Obama through the lens of Cory Booker's mayoral election and his tenure in Newark.
When Sen. John McCain conceded the presidency to Barack Obama, McCain said: "A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time." Author Deborah Davis chronicles that dinner, its aftermath, and the lives of Roosevelt and Washington in her new book.
Richard Grenell was Mitt Romney's foreign policy spokesman until Tuesday, when he resigned from position in the campaign. Dorian Davis is a journalism professor at Marymount Manhattan College and writer for WNYC. He tells us about the case on Grenell and why the Romney campaign made such a misstep in this situation.
On a swift, secretive trip to the war zone, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that after years of sacrifice the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down just as it has already ended in Iraq. "We can see the light of a new day on the horizon," he said on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death and in the midst of his own re-election campaign.
Presidential campaign slogans: we’ve come to know them, love them, loathe them, and in some cases, completely forget them. Some slogans, like Warren G. Harding’s "Cox and Cocktails," sound perplexing in hindsight. And then there’s President Obama’s new slogan, simply “Forward.” Kathleen Hall Jamieson specializes in political language and rhetoric.
It’s been a week of mixed economic news. Gas prices are down; jobless claims are up; pending housing sales are up. While it's been hard to put a finger on whether the recovery is progressing or stumbling, it is clear that as presidential campaigning pushes into full swing, talk about the economy will only grow heated. This may particularly be the case in the 14 states expected to be "swing states" this election: job growth in swing states has been well below the national average for job growth around the rest of the US this past year, and that could be a major cause for concern for President Obama come this November. Motoko Rich, economics reporter for our partner The New York Times explains the latest economic numbers, and what to look for in the months ahead.
Newt Gingrich is losing his Secret Service protection a few days shy of his announcement officially ending his campaign, NBC News reported Thursday night. That comes a week after the conservative Taxpayers Protection Alliance called for Gingrich to surrender Secret Service protection last week, saying his campaign didn't warrant the cost.
It’s day five of the John Edwards trial. We take a step back to contextualize the former North Carolina senator's sex scandal within the storied history of political infidelities. Remember Grover Cleveland's sex scandal? Our guest, historian and TV show host Dr. David Eisenbach, certainly does.
Newt Gringich has announced that he he will be dropping out the Republican Primary. We talk with Republican strategist Ron Christie to figure out how Newt has affected both Romney and Obama's chances in the general election, and the tradition of the meteoric candidate in American politics.
In the run-up to this years presidential election, campaign speeches, political analysis, and polls always dominate the headlines. But this year, the Supreme Court will be making big news too. With major rulings expected on President Obama's health care law and SB1070, Arizona's contentious immigration law, the Supreme Court's positions are likely to sharply influence voter's perceptions on the role of government. Amy Howe, editor of SCOTUSblog explains how the Supreme Court's upcoming decisions could be game-changers this election.
Today is the third day of the federal corruption trial of former Senator John Edwards, who is charged with violating campaign finance law. Edwards allegedly used money given to him by wealthy supporters to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter and their subsequent love child while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Yesterday, the defense cross-examined Edwards' former aide Andrew Young – who had testified that Edwards directed him to use funds from donors to take care of Ms. Hunter. Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, was in the courtroom yesterday.
Today the Supreme Court will consider whether Arizona’s approach to illegal immigration clashes with federal law. If they decide it does, what else will states be able do to address their concerns over illegal immigration?