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AP Sources: Emanuel leaving White House on Friday

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rahm Emanuel will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday, two sources familiar with Emanuel's plans said.

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City Board of Elections Director Says Give Us More Money And 'Leave Me Alone'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Executive Director of the City Board of Elections says the main reason for voting problems on Primary Day is chronic underfunding. George Gonzalez says if the Board had millions of dollars more, it could have hired more workers and conducted better public education campaigns about the new voting system.

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Reports: Hevesi Expected To Plead Guilty in Pension Fund Investigation

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WNYC

New York newspapers began reporting Tuesday that former state comptroller Alan Hevesi was going to plead guilty to a felony corruption charge. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is the Democratic candidate for governor, has refused to comment on the case, even though it is his office who has been investigating Hevesi.

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Common Ground Chat: The Tea Party

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome to what we hope will be a polarization-busting chat - our attempt to find some common ground around some common issues. We're inviting anyone from anywhere on the political spectrum to get out of their silos and chat directly with others about the proposition "True or False: The Tea Party Is Good For America."

Here's how it works: we'll pair two chatters at a time for five minutes each pair, giving each a chance to state their case around a specific aspect of this topic. They'll have ample room to disagree but also a chance to say if they heard each other and learned anything new. Then, others may chime in too, and a new pairing will begin. Our very own Brian Lehrer will moderate - read, argue, listen, maybe change some minds or find some common ground.

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Your General Election Guide

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Your General Election Guide: Who's Running, Where To Vote, Endorsements, and More

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Was the Stimulus Good For America?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"When you build a bridge, when you build a canal, when you build a railroad, when you build the Hoover Dam in the 30s, when you look at all the infrastructure that was done, when you build an airport, that tends to pay dividends for years and decades to come in ways that people can't imagine."

-Dan Gross on The Brian Lehrer Show on September 29.

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Polling the Pollsters

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Last week, we got the first good look at New York voters views' on their general election choices for NY governor. But it was a puzzling picture. There were three polls, three different samples, and three totally different results in the match-up between Republican Carl Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo (and sometimes Rick Lazio, who's since dropped out). The race is really close, or really not, depending on whom you believe.

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Gail Collins on John Boehner's Tan, Van Buren's Girdle

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Congress is set to go into recess soon and that means we’re entering the final stretch of the midterm campaign. House Minority Leader John Boehner may have been hitting the press circuit, but he’s also made it clear to the Wall Street Journal he hasn’t been hitting the tanning salon, telling the paper last week that  "I have never been in a tanning bed or used a tanning product." Collins picked up there in the Leonard Lopate Show's latest installment ofHow Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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Staten Island DA Asks Voters for Big Promotion

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dan Donovan is asking voters for a major promotion. The Staten Island native and social conservative wants to be the state's top law enforcement officer. He's the GOP nominee for Attorney General and he's running on his record as District Attorney.

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Siena Poll Finds NY Democrats Close to Losing Senate

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The first poll to look at statewide Senate races finds that Democrats may be struggling to retain their hold on the State Senate in November.

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TRANSCRIPT: Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rick Lazio called into The Brian Lehrer Show while Brian and WNYC's Azi Paybarah were dropping his run for Conservative Party run for governor.

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Today's Comments Roundup

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lot's of interesting comments, on-air and online, today at It's A Free Country. Check out some highlights, then visit the comments page for each conversation to see more and add your voice.

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Neck and Neck in Connecticut Senate Race

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Angry voters have pushed Republican Linda McMahon to within a "statistically insignificant" three percentage points of Democrat Richard Blumenthal in their tightening race for U.S. Senate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

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Lazio: GOP Has Soul-Searching To Do

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"I believe the Republican Party has a lot of soul searching to do here. By the way, I think the Democratic Party does too, but maybe for different reasons. I think the Republican Party needs to decide who they are, what they want to be, where they want to take the people of the state or the nation."

-Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Krugman Responds to Newt's Jab

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Look, Krugman is an extraordinary left-wing intellectual who has no concept of how the market works. The fact is, the way we balanced budgets in the 1990s was, we cut taxes and increased economic growth."

-Newt Gingrich on The Brian Lehrer Show on September 24. 

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Barron Drums Up Support For New Freedom Party

Monday, September 27, 2010

On Monday, the same day Attorney General Cuomo made an outreach effort up in Harlem, City Council member Charles Barron launched a voter registration drive to help with his bid for Governor on the newly created Freedom Party ballot line.

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Cuomo's Harlem Adventure

Monday, September 27, 2010

It was intended to be an event in Harlem to demonstrate just how much African American support Cuomo can count on come November. But according to several reporters at the scene, weather and poor advance work conspired to produce a media mess.

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New School Nutrition Bill: Better Lunch, Less for Dinner

Monday, September 27, 2010

WNYC

"It's ironic that we would want to improve nutrition for children and then take away parents' ability to buy them nutritious food."

-Aine Duggan vice president of the Food Bank for New York City on The Brian Lehrer Show

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P.J. O'Rourke Says Tea Party is Good for Democracy

Monday, September 27, 2010

WNYC

Tea Party has definately increased political involvement, not only among Tea Party members but among people who oppose the Tea Party members.

-P. J. O'Rourke political humorist and Cato Institute research fellow The Brian Lehrer Show

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Lazio Out of Governor's Race

Monday, September 27, 2010

Former Rep. Rick Lazio said he will not pursue a gubernatorial campaign along the conservative party line, but stopped short of endorsing the man who beat him in the Republican primary, seemingly warning of Carl Paladino's "outrageous promises" and lack of policy specifics.

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