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Gillibrand: Keystone Pipeline 'Poison Pill' for Payroll Tax Cut

Monday, December 12, 2011

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, New York Senator (D) Kirsten Gillibrand rounded up news from Washington as the legislative session wraps up, from the payroll tax cuts to unemployment benefits and more.

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What's Keeping Latino Voters Away from the GOP?

Monday, December 12, 2011

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, Matt Barreto, advisor to impreMedia/Latino Decisions polling and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, discussed the findings of a new poll, which suggests that Latino voters do not care as much about religion or social issues as previously thought.

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Liking Newt, Warts and All

Monday, December 05, 2011

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, Georgia-based conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency, Matt Towery, and contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, Eleanor Clift, talked about the resurgence of Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The Gingrich-Cain Mutual Admiration Campaign

Monday, December 05, 2011

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain will reportedly endorse Newt Gingrich’s bid for the presidency today, underscoring the thrust of momentum the former Speaker has picked up with Cain’s exit.

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Protesters Target Obama at City Fundraiser

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

After an afternoon of events in a blue-collar corner of Pennsylvania, President Barack Obama will be in Manhattan Wednesday evening to court well-heeled supporters at three private fundraisers.

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Direct Democracy

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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, Khalil Byrd, CEO of Americans Elect, talked about the campaign to nominate a presidential candidate outside the political party system.

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Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

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, Paul Krugman reviewed the failure of the Super Committee to reach a deal, the ongoing crisis in Europe and the future of the euro, and more from the world of politics and economics.

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Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Recap from It's A Free Country

Paul Krugman says we need to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and get over our fear of government spending—which is why he's happy that the deficit reduction super committee didn't make a deal.

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Super Fallout: Why the Debt Committee Failed

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TIME's Jay Newton-Small says that poor voter turnout means that most people aren't represented in the United States' most representative body. Congress is representing the extremes, and that's why it feels like nothing's getting done.

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Debt Committee Impasse May Keep Deficit Talks Going Through 2013

Monday, November 14, 2011

If they find anything [by the deadline], it's going to be window dressing...I think they could come up with something, but not anywhere near the level most economists say needs to happen in order to get this country back on a fiscal sustainable path.

Politico congressional reporter Manu Raju on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why Should We Worry About Deficits Anyway?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We are not going to be able to get our fiscal house in order until we deal with our unemployment problem... The real issue is getting our economy back on track.

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Cain and Thomas: Confidentiality and Sexual Harrassment Settlements

Thursday, November 03, 2011

It comes down to credibility issues, and without the full airing of the complaint it would be unfair to Mister Cain if only part of the story comes out.

—  CUNY Law Professor Rick Rossein, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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What Kind of 'ocracy Do We Have?

Thursday, November 03, 2011

[T]he experiment continues, right here on your airwaves, with the freedom to express everything that your callers are saying. And it only works if we protest, on Wall Street and around the country. It only works if we vote.

—  It's A Free Country blogger Jami Floyd, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Constitution's Odd Clauses

Monday, October 31, 2011

Even if they don't make the news, even if they're not litigated, they provide the constitutional backdrop for how our democracy works. If we're going to understand the Constitution, we're going to have to understand all of it.

Jay Wexler, law professor at Boston University and author of the new book, The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Monday Morning Politics: Cain Stained, Super Committee Struggles

Monday, October 31, 2011

This is part of a vetting process for a candidate who has done better than any of us expected. Herman Cain has really defied the expectations of political reporters who didn't take him seriously even as he was rising in the polls. We were slow to recognize the appeal he had with the Republican electorate. Now he's beating Rick Perry in a poll in Texas.

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Vicious Foreclosure Cycle Threatens as Home Prices Fall

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We could be in a vicious cycle where more foreclosures means prices go down, more prices going down means more people are underwater and if they can't get jobs, if they can't make their mortgage payments, then they become foreclosures and the cycle feeds on itself.

Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal real estate reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Is There an Obama Doctrine on Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Libya was the test case for the un-Iraq. This was an effort to make the commitment at the beginning that there would be no American ground troops.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Why We're Withdrawing From Iraq

Monday, October 24, 2011

About 95 percent of American troops there are waiting to leave. They're twiddling their thumbs; there isn't much to do. Right now we have the lowest number of U.S. and Iraqi civilian fatalities and of armed attacks in Iraq—all three of those statistics—since the war began.

Fred Kaplan, writer of the War Stories column for Slate and author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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What do Iraq and Wall St. Mean for 2012?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Republicans just sort of rolled [the Iraq withdrawal] into the way they've been talking about Obama: That he's been campaigning rather than governing, suggesting that this was political as opposed to on the advice of military leaders.

—It's A Free Country political peporter Anna Sale on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The End of Gadhafi?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The question is now – can Libya make good on the promise of the insurgency?

—  Benjamin Barberpolitical theorist and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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