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Opinion: Herman Cain Dismisses Racism, Making Him Easy to Dismiss

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The legacy of racism is visible everywhere to anyone who wishes to see it. Herman Cain does not. This is why I refuse to support him.

-Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Politics of Occupy Wall Street, One Month In

Monday, October 17, 2011

You meet more people who voted for [Obama] really thinking it was their last-ditch attempt at using politics to get what they wanted...They saw this once-in-a-generation chance to really change America and they think it's gone, so they're being realistic about what they can do now...They've moved on from thinking they can get anything done in Washington.

—Slate political reporter Dave Weigel on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Explainer: Herman Cain's 999 Tax Plan - Is it Really That Simple?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Herman Cain has been getting a lot of attention lately, not least for his "9-9-9" tax plan. (Not "6-6-6", as Bachmann has devilishly suggested.) He explains the plan on his website with short, sharp bullet points, but most of the fine print is still a mystery.

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Opinion: Clean up Occupy Wall Street Another Victory for the 99 %

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The people who stepped out of their comfort zones on a rainy Friday morning saw that they could have impact. Their presence helped their fellow New Yorkers, their courage and idealism furthered a cause they had followed online.

              -Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Latinos Support Health Care Reform, But Not Mandate

Friday, October 14, 2011

Latino voters have a complicated relationship with the health care reform law approved in March 2010. On the one hand, they support the majority of its provisions and oppose its repeal. But just like other voters, they are against the clause that will force them to purchase coverage, the so-called mandate.

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The 53 Percent Take on the 99 Percent

Friday, October 14, 2011

In response to the now-viral Tumblr post “We are the 99 Percent,” some conservatives have launched their own venture “We are the 53 percent”. The site, started by RedState.org contributor Erick Erickson and Josh Trevino of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, features those who purport to represent the 53 percent of Americans who pay federal income taxes.

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The Process is Political: More Money, Less Control in Super PAC Fundraising

Friday, October 14, 2011

Our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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Super Delegates: Who Would our Comic Brethren Endorse?

Friday, October 14, 2011

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Obama, Banks and Electability: Elizabeth Warren Knows Too Much

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Elizabeth Warren was a discomfort to the Obama administration. She was articulate, she was charismatic, and she articulated the message that I think a lot of Obama supporters had expected him to, and he didn’t.

-Suzanna Andrews , on the Brian Lehrer Show, Thursday.

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Opinion: Rich Kid Wall Street Protester the Symbol of a Misguided Movement

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Instead of donating her money to charity, or finding another way to help those truly in need, she is counting on the government to give her money away.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Bush and Boehner Rightly Praise Obama on Afghanistan

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Foreign policy is one of those areas of political thought that doesn't neatly fall along the one dimensional red/blue map of the political spectrum in our country.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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N.H. Secretary of State Threatens to Move Primary to 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Political campaigners might get a break around the New Year, after all. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, New Hampshire's Secretary of State Bill Gardner threatened to hold the state’s key early primary in December.

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Interactive Timeline | Wall Street Protests

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Track the developments in the protest on Wall Street using WNYC's interactive timeline, which chronicles the key moments from the demonstrations since they began on September 17. Here you'll find original reporting from our politics, culture and news desks, segments from WNYC's radio programs as well as opinion and analysis pieces from our team of bloggers.

What are we missing? Send your suggested news stories, photos and videos in the comments below.

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GOP Candidates Debate Economy, 999 (and 666) in New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So much of the debate was about the 9-9-9 plan. It wasn't about how Romney wants to fix the economy. It wasn't about what President Obama has failed to do. It was about whether 9-9-9 would work and whether it's a good idea. And so Herman Cain is really influencing the debate.

—  Anna Sale, It's a Free Country's political reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: GOP More Concerned with Winning than Fixing Economy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Remember that time Democrats stood in the way of the Republican plan for creating jobs for the American people? When a Democratic minority slowed the already sluggish pace of Washington, killed every proposal that bore a different party affiliation and offered none of their own? Neither do I.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Watch: Republican Presidential Debate on Economy in New Hampshire

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Tuesday, October 11th, Bloomberg and the Washington Post hosted a GOP debate focused on the US economy. The debate took place at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Opinion: To Actually be Meaningful, Occupy Wall Street Should Move to K Street

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The problem isn't Wall Street. These people are protesting at the wrong place entirely. The problem is K Street, the capital of special interest lobby groups in Washington, DC.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Instead of Econ Fixes, Tonight's Debate Will Show GOP Infighting

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Despite tonight's debate being billed as a focus on the economy, we won't see any real plan for creating jobs. We won't see any support for the American Jobs Act, but we also won't see any realistic alternatives. We won't hear about investment in our country. We won't be offered a plan to cure economic injustices. We won't get beyond bromides about "job creators." These candidates are better at running against than running on.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Christie Endorses Romney for President

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Romney and Christie will hold an event Tuesday in New Hampshire ahead of the presidential debate set at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where Christie will announce his support, the campaign said.

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