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Edwards Not Guilty On One Charge, Mistrial Declared On Other Counts

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Prosecutors must now decide whether to retry Edwards on the other five charges.

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Rubio Burnishes Foreign Policy Cred Before NYC Crowd

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The freshman senator took direct aim at the parts of the Republican Party that eschew foreign interventions or global coalitions.

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CEO In Chief? A Business Background Is Rare For Presidents

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.

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Romney Set to Clinch Required Delegates

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The faceoff between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has already entered the ugly and negative phase, so it may be hard to believe that Romney is just set to accrue the required delegates to secure the nomination with the results in Texas today.

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Gearing Up for General Election, Romney and Obama Race to Define Their Campaigns

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Right now, we’re at the crucial phase in the general election season where both leading candidates for president are looking to define themselves and the presidential race before their opponent does it for them. So where do we stand on presidential campaign definitions? Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, break it down.

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Do Voters Want CEOs for President?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It seems that, whatever we say about the attractiveness of a business background, it hasn't been what we've been voting for — at least, not for the top job.

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A Defense of Private Equity, and of Romney's Years at Bain

Thursday, May 24, 2012

As the race for the presidency heats up, President Obama's reelection team continues to attack Mitt Romney's career at Bain Capital, while questioning private equity's role in the American economy. Edward Conard, former managing director at Bain Capital and author of "Unintended Consequences," worked with Mitt Romney throughout the Republican candidate's years in private equity. Conard explains why he believes Romney's experience in private equity will prove essential should the Republican candidate take the White House this fall.

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Need to Register to Vote in the NY Congressional Primary? Here's How

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New York's congressional primary is a month away, but the deadline to register to vote in the election comes next week. Here's what you need to do if you've never registered to vote, or changed addresses (or parties) since last time.

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Black Mormons on This Year's Presidential Election

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whether you love or hate politics, it’s hard to deny that when it comes to identity and culture, this year’s presidential election is truly historic. The incumbent is, of course, half black and thus, a racial minority. The challenger is Mormon, and thus, a religious minority. What if you’re one of the one million Americans who is both black and Mormon? How does identity factor in? Two African-American Mormons join us today to share their thoughts.

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Catching Up on the Campaign with Todd Zwillich

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

President Obama has come out swinging on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. As the NATO Summit came to a close on Monday, President Obama defined the presidential election in terms of his economic vision for the country compared to Mitt Romney’s. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to answer: Where does the campaign go from here?

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Walking the Brooklyn Bridge with David McCullough

Monday, May 21, 2012

Historian David McCullough is known for his biographies of monumental American figures: John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman. But McCullough second book, published in 1972, explored American history not through the eyes of a Founding Father or a President, but through one of the most important public works projects of all time: the Brooklyn Bridge.

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David McCullough on the Brooklyn Bridge's Enduring Message

Saturday, May 19, 2012

“Don’t you think this is a wonderful thing to walk across this bridge!”  

Historian David McCullough has had a lot of honors in his career – two Pulitzers, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and just this week a gold medal for biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters – but he still gets that thrill crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Follow Friday: Facebook IPO, Trayvon Martin, Violence Against Women Act

Friday, May 18, 2012

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.

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Violence Against Women Act Becomes Latest Controversial Measure In House

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The talk surrounding the bill has veered into the controversial subjects of immigration and identity politics.

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Pissed Off Voters Could Decide November Elections

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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.

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Obama's Gay Marriage Position Mobilizes Latino Supporters

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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.

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Is The Filibuster Unconstitutional?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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.        

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The Race to Define Mitt Romney

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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.

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Could Greece Decide the American Election?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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.

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Days After Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage, Congressional Group Seeks to Block DOMA Lawsuit

Monday, May 14, 2012

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.

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