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Track: Live Maine Caucus Returns

Friday, February 10, 2012

When the Maine caucuses results come in, they'll appear right here. The vote in Maine isn't broken down by county -- we'll only get the statewide totals for each candidate. Since our Patchwork Nation communities are based on counties, we won't be able to break down the vote by community type for Maine.


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Where Santorum Rickrolled (and Romney Stumbled)

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

So what exactly happened Tuesday night? Suddenly former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has reemerged from the pack to claim the spotlight with three wins – Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri – while front-runner Mitt Romney is combing through the wreckage.


Track: Missouri Primary Returns

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 114 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Missouri’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the primary comes in.


Screening Room: Larry McCarthy's Greatest Attack Ads

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

On Tuesday, Jane Mayer of the New Yorker joins Brian to discuss the career of Larry McCarthy, perhaps the most successful practitioner of the art of the negative political ad. He's now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC "Restore Our Future." From Willie Horton to the Newt Gingrich "baggage" ad, here (in chronological order) are some of McCarthy's most notable pieces (that are available online).

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Map: Florida Shows Romney's Still Got Trouble Spots

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Even in all the good news out of Florida, and there was a lot of it, there were a few red flags showing continuing problems for Mitt Romney.

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Track: Live Florida Primary Returns

Monday, January 30, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 67 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Florida’s 10 types of county -– from the wealthy Monied 'Burbs to the metropolitan Immigration Nation counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the primary come in.



Watch and Live Chat: GOP Florida Debate on NBC

Monday, January 23, 2012

After a big win in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich tries to take his case to Florida while Mitt Romney hopes to re-establish his front-runner position. Monday night's debate will go a long way towards defining the conversation in the Sunshine State, and as always the It's A Free Country politics team will be live-chatting during the debate. 

Join Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, Jody Avirgan and more from WNYC -- chat starts at 8:45pm EST, debate kicks off at 9!

NOTE: We expect to have a live video stream available here. In the meantime, you can visit the NBC politics page for their stream.

Opinion: Thank Citizens United for the Bloody Battle in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Super PACs savaging candidates left and right, January 21st is a fitting date for the South Carolina Primary: it's the two-year anniversary of Citizens United.

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Watch: Herman Cain and Stephen Colbert Rally in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain are holding a rally in South Carolina today at 1 pm. Colbert is calling on people to vote for Herman Cain as a proxy for him in the South Carolina primary, for which Colbert was too late to get on the ballot.


Chat Transcript: CNN South Carolina Debate

Thursday, January 19, 2012

CNN is removing one of the podiums for tonight (adieu, Rick Perry) but the final debate before the South Carolina primary starts at 8pm either way. As always, join It's A Free Country's politics team for a live chat. NOTE: If we can find a reliable video stream, we'll embed it here. Otherwise, you can always watch on CNN's site -- as long as you promise to chat with us!

Chat goes live at 7:45, debate at 8pm

Generate Your Own SuperPAC Name!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winning Our Future. Boost Our Future. Restore Our Future. Two of these are SuperPACs that have boosted the Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney campaigns during the 2012 election season, and one we made up. It's A Free Country decided to have a little fun with the generic patriotism and meaningless obscurity that SuperPAC names purposefully create by making our own SuperPAC name generator.

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Watch: Colbert's Pro-Cain Super PAC Ad, and Others

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've been hearing a lot in recent debates about Super PACs and 527s and all the secretive nasty things they do during campaigns. Here's what they look like in action, starting with Stephen Colbert's latest ad for Herman Cain.


Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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Watch: President Obama Speaks on Government Reform

Friday, January 13, 2012

President Obama is scheduled to give a speech at 11:20 a.m. about shrinking the size of the federal government.


The Patchwork NH Vote: Where they Won and Why it Matters

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mitt Romney had a lot of advantages going into New Hampshire – from residency to voter demographics – and in the end it all showed up on Tuesday night.


Chat Transcript: NH Primary Edition

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tuesday night is primary night in New Hampshire, and It's A Free Country and WNYC hosted a New Hampshire Primary Special. Below is the transcript of a live chat with editors, bloggers and you!

In addition to our chat below, check out the other resources: Patchwork Nation Returns Map | Explainer: Why Dixville Notch Votes FirstMitt Romney's "Bain" History | A Closer Look at the Independent Voter

The night kicked off with a Brian Lehrer special at 7pm EST. Special guests included:

WNYC's Anna Sale in Manchester, NH | Nate Silver of New York Time's Fivethirtyeight | Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst for NPR News and ABC News | Jeff Greenfield, co-host of PBS's "Need to Know" | Ana Marie Cox, political commentator at The Guardian  | Wayne Lesperance, political science prof at New England College | Michael Lavers, National News Editor for EDGE Media | Josh Rogers, NH Public Radio | Nia-Malika Henderson, political reporter, Washington Post 


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NBC New Hampshire Debate from NH: Watch Video, Chat Transcript

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Remember when they Republican candidates got together for a debate last night in New Hampshire? Well they did it again this morning! NBC hosted a brunch-time debate at 9am Sunday morning - and the It's A Free Country politics team and your fellow WNYC fans live chatted as we watched the debate. NBC is re-airing the debate, so you can fix yourself a bloody mary and watch below!

ABC GOP Debate from New Hampshire: Watch Highlights, Chat Transcript

Saturday, January 07, 2012

On Saturday night the remaining GOP hopefuls gathered in Manchester, New Hampshire for the first debate after the Iowa caucus -- and only three days before the New Hampshire primary. The It's A Free Country politics team and your fellow WNYC fans for a live chatted the debate. Relive the debate magic by reading the chat below!


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Story Pirates Ask: What Would You Say at the 2012 State of the Union?

Friday, January 06, 2012

The Submission Deadline Has Passed. The Story Pirates will contact those whose stories they would like to include. Thanks for all your entries - we'll see you on the 24th!

»» Tickets Available! State of the Union watching party on January 24th

Once again, It's A Free Country is teaming with the Story Pirates for our State of the Union viewing party. The event is Tuesday, January 24th in WNYC's The Greene Space - stay tuned for ticket information.

The Story Pirates work with kids to write stories, then turn them into plays and musicals. Here are last year's results.

This year we're asking both kids and adults to answer the question:

If you were giving the 2012 State of the Union speech, what would you tell the country?

Parents, have your kids write their answer to the question. Teachers, work with your students. And adults, if you were standing at the podium, tell us what you'd say.

Submit your story in the form below. The deadline is midnight on Sunday, January 15th.