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Listen | Day 3 Highlights from the Supreme Court Health Care Case

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On the final day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul, questions of “severability” and “coercion” came to the fore.

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Listen | Day 1 Highlights from the Supreme Court Health Care Case

Monday, March 26, 2012

On Monday, as the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the health care individual mandate, the nine Justices had to answer a question of terminology that’s been debated since 2009: is “Obamacare” a “tax”?

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What the Koch Brothers Want with Cato

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, talked about the organization's relationship with the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, who have filed a lawsuit for control of the libertarian establishment.

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Russ Feingold on Citizens United

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Russ Feingold, former U.S. senator (D-WI) and now author of While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post 9/11 Era , discusses his book and current political news.

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David Sanger on Obama's Press Conference and Iranian Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, talked about President Obama's press conference and how the U.S. plans to confront Iran.

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Special Super Tuesday Broadcast

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm EST, WNYC hosts a Super Tuesday Primary Special in collaboration with WCPN in Cleveland and WKSU in Northeastern Ohio.

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David Eisenhower on the Military-Industrial Complex

Monday, March 05, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, David Eisenhower, director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed his afterword to The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means: A Hip Pocket Guide and his grandfather's famous "military-industrial complex" speech.

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Connecting with White Middle Class Voters

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

With shifting demographics, the white, working-class worker isn't the only voting block that matters — but they're still very vocal and powerful one. Sharing some beliefs and experiences of disillusionment, these voters primarily cast their ballots based on social issues. As Romney continues to slide in his home state the day before the election, it's possible that Santorum could yet again surpass him in the Michigan and Arizona primaries.

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Congress Plays Nice?; Social Issues Take Center Stage; and Buzzfeed's Ben Smith

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Episode #7: Brian Lehrer is on vacation, so Buzzfeed's Ben Smith steps in to compete with Todd Zwillich and Anna Sale to play the week's most revealing clip. Todd isn't buying President Obama's enthusiasm about bipartisan progress in Washington; Ben can't believe everyone is talking about "transvaginal sonograms"; and Anna sees race and affirmative action on the 2012 horizon.

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Rick Santorum, Satan, and American Politics

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In a talk delivered in 2008, Rick Santorum asked the students of Ave Maria University, "If you were Satan who would you attack in this day and age?" The former Senator went on to answer his own question and said "Satan has his sights on the United States of America." Santorum's statements resurfaced this week on the blogosphere, leaving many pundits scratching their heads. 

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Arizona and Michigan GOP Chairmen on the Republican Debates

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On Wednesday night Republican presidential candidates took the stage in Mesa, Arizona in a final debate before next week's Michigan and Arizona primaries. The location of the CNN-hosted debate drew attention to the problems plaguing states like Arizona, which is still suffering from the effects of the foreclosure crisis and dealing with enforcing illegal immigration.

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Republicans Face Off in Arizona GOP Debate

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It has been four long weeks since the last Republican debate. Wednesday's debate was a battle between two men — Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney — who are neck-to-neck in the race for the presidential nomination. How did Rick Santorum fare under duress in the 20th debate of the GOP contest? Can Mitt get his momentum back? Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, reviews the winners and losers of the last GOP debate.

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Class Warfare GOP Style, the Tea Party Bind, and Megadeth?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Episode #6: It may be the lull between Florida and Super Tuesday, but lots still going on in GOP race, including an interesting rural/urban divide as Rick Santorum gains momentum. Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, and Todd Zwillich discuss what class warfare means for the GOP; if Romney can talk about the auto industry but not the bailout; and how the Tea Party continues to put Republican leadership in a bind. Oh, and yeah: Jeremy Lin.

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NJ Sen. Sweeney Says Gay Marriage Will Pass, Expects Christie to Veto

Friday, February 10, 2012

Despite a veto threat from Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the legislature is poised to pass a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Garden State.

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The Sweet Meteor of Death, Dirty Harry Unites, and Obama Turns on the Money Faucet

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Episode #5: Anna Sale is on vacation, so It's A Free Country blogger Karol Markowicz steps in alongside Todd Zwillich and Brian Lehrer to bring the week's most revealing clip. Karol is humored by Erick Erickson's "endorsement" in the GOP 2012 race; Todd bends the rules and puts a previous week's clip in a new context to talk about Obama and SuperPACs; and Brian sees Red America and Blue America united in Clint Eastwood's Super Bowl ad. Plus: a bonus, late-breaking clip from Todd on the Obama administration, contraceptives, and religious voters.

Don't forget this week's twitter challenge: Answer the question #WhatMatters? What really matters in our politics, and in Election 2012?  (See what others are saying)

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Frank Rich on the Eastwood Super Bowl Ad

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Frank RichNew York Magazine writer at large, discussed the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad and the politics around it.

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Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

From “Birthers” who claim that President Obama was not born in the United States to those who believe that the Constitution is in danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become increasingly common in our public discourse. Arthur Goldwag explores the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements throughout American history. His new book is The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.

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What McCarthy Means for Pro-Romney SuperPAC

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer, discussed the career of Larry McCarthy, one of the most successful negative-ad makers in history, who is now working for the pro-Romney SuperPAC Restore Our Future.

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The Gingrich Long-Tail, Romney "Not Concerned About Poor", and #EnoughWhat?

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Episode #4: After Romney's decisive victory in Florida, is it just a matter of going through the motions until he's the nominee? Not according to Newt Gingrich and Todd Zwillich. Todd, Anna Sale and Brian Lehrer play their most revealing clips of the week and discuss the disappearing issue of poverty; Gingrich's February strategy; and Rick Santorum's "third-way" approach. Plus, Brian impersonates Howard Dean.

Don't forget this week's twitter challenge: Answer the question #EnoughWhat? What have you had enough of in the first month of Election 2012?  (See what others are saying)

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AG Schneiderman Promises Swift Action From New Financial Regulation Group

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General and  co-chair of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, talked about his appointment to co-chair the federal working group examining mortgage fraud.

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