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Why Starbucks' CEO Wants to Freeze Campaign Contributions

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. The amount of revenue that state and local municipalities have is going to cut social services in America, and this is why it's so vitally important for corporations to recognize that their pursuit of profitability as a singular goal is quite shallow. It needs to be balanced with a social conscience.

— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Wall Street Take on Occupy Wall Street

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The government is in a real pickle here, if the bank stocks continue to collapse, about what they can do. If the idea were floated that there were going to be another bailout, you would have 50 million Americans march on Washington with torches and pitchforks.

Henry Blodget, editor in chief and CEO of Business Insider, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Watch | Fed Chair Bernanke Updates Congress on the Economic Outlook

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

LIVESTREAM. Four days before the Labor Department releases its September jobs report, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke goes before Congress to present his agency's semiannual report on monetary policy.

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Video: Gov. Chris Christie Speaks at the NJ Statehouse

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Amid speculation that he will decline to run for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has scheduled a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the New Jersey statehouse, a last minute addition to his schedule. 

The news conference will be held at the governor's office inside the Statehouse in Trenton. Christie has avoided reporters in recent days as those close to him say he has been reconsidering his earlier decision not to make a bid. Christie has been receiving encouragement from top Republicans and GOP donors to jump into the race.

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The Process is Political: Bloomberg Testimony, Where to Count Prisoners

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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Comments Round-Up: Reactions to Occupy Wall Street

Monday, October 03, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protests escalate, so do the comments. Time for a good old-fashioned round-up: Here's what people have been saying on The Brian Lehrer Show and on It's a Free Country. Read and weigh in for yourself.

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From Christie to Wall Street, All Eyes on New York

Monday, October 03, 2011

We've seen the kind of trouble Rick Perry has gotten into for the very acceptable position he takes in Texas on immigration: It is almost disqualifying for him in these primaries, and I think Chris Christie could face a very similar process.

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

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The Process is Political: Caucus vs. Football, Bachmann's Campaign Cash Flow

Monday, October 03, 2011

Our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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Ross Perot: The Last Great Political Insurgent

Monday, October 03, 2011

The economy was in the tank. the incumbent president’s approval ratings were below 50 percent and falling, angry activists were forming new organizations based on the sole premise of kicking out incumbents, and an untested governor from the south looked to be the most viable challenger.

It sounds a lot like today, but it was February 20, 1992. 

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Opinion: Why Iowa Still Matters

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Being partly an agricultural state we also watch to see if the candidates are smart enough not to step on the political cow pies that litter the Iowa landscape.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Does Everyone Hate Mitt Romney?

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's clear that they want "anyone but Romney." Poor Romney, the guy who is good enough, smart enough, and gosh darnit people just don't like him. Why?

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

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Bipartisan Effort To Track Lobbyists' Donations to Super-Committee Members

Friday, September 30, 2011

Who says bipartisanship is dead?

Louisiana Senator David Vitter, a Republican, introduced a bill,S.1498, last month to force members of the congressional super-committee on debt to disclose contributions over $1,000 within a 48-hour window.

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The Process is Political: Ohio Petition Effort Delays Law to Shorten Early Voting

Friday, September 30, 2011

A new law to shorten the period in which Ohio voters can cast ballots before Election Day is on hold after opponents, including the Obama reelection campaign, collect more than 300,000 signatures for a ballot question to repeal it. A new count shows more than 215,000 registered voters in South Carolina don't currently have photo IDs, which are required to vote under a new law passed by the legislature and currently under review by the Justice Department. And not all Florida Republicans favor moving up the presidential primary to January 31, a decision expected today. 

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Opinion: Congress Embraces Bipartisanship - In Shirking Budget Duty

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disasters used to be one of the things that weren't used as political footballs, but now almost nothing is sacrosanct. This is much like how the filibuster used to be a weapon of last resort, but is now used on a regular basis in the Senate.

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

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Constitutional Un-Convention

Thursday, September 29, 2011

On the Brian Lehrer Show today at 11am. Audio and a recap will be posted by 1pm.

Christopher Phillips, scholar, pro-democracy activist, founder of the Constitution Cafe Dialogue Movement, and author of Constitution Cafe: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution, discusses his experience travelling across the country and asking the question, How would you rewrite the Constitution? 

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What Occupy Wall Street Says About Protesting in America

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I think the reason we’re seeing such… populist anger, really, expressed on both the Right and the Left, is that people see that... they understand that. And where I don’t think we have a national consensus is okay, what’s the answer?

Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Thomson Reuters, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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PACs and Money on Democracy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If the public is concerned about $2,500 going to a candidate from a particular individual, then I think they should really be concerned about, you know, millions of dollars.

Paul Blumenthal, reporter for the Huffington Post and former senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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IAFC's Guide to Candidates and Their Super PACs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Well, here we go.

A year after the Citizens United v. Federal Election ruling severely relaxed any prohibitions on the use of corporate and union money in elections, the implication of that ruling for the 2012 elections is becoming evident.

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The Process is Political: Florida's Early Primary

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If you're interested in politics, make sure your 2012 primary calendar is filled out in pencil. Florida's plan to push up its primary to January 31 could remake the schedule for early states. In Colorado, a dispute over which voters are eligible to receive mailed ballots is pitting the Republican Secretary of State against Democratic local clerks. The 2010 census has prompted redistricting fights across the country, and it's also changed the electoral college math for Obama. 

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Opinion: Schneiderman is our "Agressive Progressive," and He's Not Alone

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We have all seen principled political voices get drowned out. What makes this different isn't that he's more passionate or more savvy -- it's that he's not alone. A network of progressive organizations have seen that he's a politician they can believe in and they have added their energy, insights and mailing lists to the cause.

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

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