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Opinion: Debate Report Card - Paul Flops, Bachmann Attacks, Perry as Tebow?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ron Paul was clearly a loser in this debate. He got into an unnecessary argument over U.S. foreign policy towards Iran, nuclear weapons, and reinforced his support for a neo-isolationist foreign policy.

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Read: Chat Transcript From GOP Iowa Debate

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The final GOP debate before the Iowa Caucus is tonight at 9pm from Souix City. Join the It's A Free Country politics team - and you fellow WNYC fans - for a live chat. Watch and add your comments in real time, all you need is a computer and a love of politics!

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Can Newt Gingrich Emulate George W. Bush's Success With Latinos?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Would Latinos in Florida, Texas, New Mexico and Nevada who voted for President George W. Bush in 2004 vote for Gingrich?

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Opinion: What Obama Can Learn from Cuomo on Raising Taxes

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo proved something last week: it's possible to get Republicans to support revenue increases. Can President Obama do the same?

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Opinion: Trump Took My Advice to Fire Himself from the Newsmax Debate

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Late last week I took to Twitter and the airwaves to urge Donald Trump to fire himself from moderating his own Republican debate. Judging from the press accounts yesterday, he followed my advice.

With unemployment near 10 percent, housing prices depressed all across the country and a sense ...

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Opinion: If I Were a Rich White Dude

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On Monday, Forbes columnist Gene Marks strayed from his usual beat — business technology — to write a column, "If I Were a Poor Black Kid,"  This is a response to that column, told from the perspective of one of Marks's "poor black kids." Note: Jeff Yang, the author of this response, is not in fact a poor black kid.

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Gingrich, the Firebrand Statesman

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You're looking less mouthy these days,” an elderly woman told Gingrich when he was signing books in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"You're right,” he said. “I'm working on that.”

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Opinion: Romney, Gingrich and the French Connection

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

After months - if not years - of anti-intellectual, willfully isolationist, science-skeptical positioning, they've found themselves with two front-runners who are just a little too worldly.

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Romney Tries to Reassure New Hampshire Voters

Monday, December 12, 2011

After taking a week off to campaign and fundraise elsewhere, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney returned on Sunday to New Hampshire, the only early state where he still holds his lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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Opinion: Iowa Debate Report Card - Newt Wins by Not Losing

Sunday, December 11, 2011

GOP Drake University Debate Results – Steffen Schmidt Saturday night's GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa consolidated Newt Gingrich’s front-runner status. Although targeted by all the contenders and directly attacked by Rick Perry, who lectured the audience that "if you cheat on your wife, you will cheat on your business ...

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Watch and Read Chat: Iowa GOP Debate

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday night, ABC hosted a Republican debate with The Des Moines Register and Yahoo! The It's A Free Country's politics team and your fellow WNYC fans live chatted the debate, and you can re-live the magic here.

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Opinion: The GOP Field Supports Israel, Will American Jews Finally Listen?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

With no hope at getting the Jewish vote, conservative candidates stand with Israel consistently and fully, yet American Jews follow their tradition of voting for Democrats even against their own interests. 

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Newt on Nation Building, In His Own Words

Friday, December 09, 2011

It’s A Free Country got a hold of a rare copy of Gingrich’s history dissertation – on the Belgian Congo. The work contains the seeds of the philosophy that has defined his political career – that a single leader with a big idea can shape the course of civilization. 

 

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Watch: Rick Perry 'Strong' Ad Dubbed Viral Video Fail

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A day after the release of the newest political ad from Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, media watchers are calling it a “viral video fail” and comedians are writing parodies.

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Opinion: What the Critics Get Right About the Occupy Movement (and What they Get Wrong)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A few weeks into the Occupy Movement's sparking, I took a bit of a page from John Avlon, who did great work following around the Tea Party during their rise, and began following Occupy groups around the country - mostly groups in the midwest and the major Occupy groups that ...

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Transcript: Obama Speaks After Failed Financial Bureau Nomination

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Senate Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a vote of 53-45, short of a filibuster proof number. The president had nominated Richard Cordray to lead the bureau.

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Opinion: Obama, Roosevelt, and the Power of Progressivism

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

“Many people will hear the word Progressivism and immediately think of liberals or Democrats—but they’re not synonymous.” - Glenn Beck

I’ve always thought of President Obama as more of a Progressive than a Liberal.  I know, I know.  Labels again.  But sometimes they are helpful. On Tuesday, with his speech in Kansas, harking back 100 years to Theodore Roosevelt, Obama confirmed my suspicions.

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Five Things We Learned from Obama's Roosevelt Speech

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

More than just another call to extend a payroll tax cut, today's speech from President Obama on the economy gave a broad idea of the kind of campaign he'll run during the general election, and what his policy priorities would be if he won a second term.

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Trump Blows More Smoke About Presidential Bid, But is There a Fire?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A series of e-mails from the tax-exempt 527 group "Should Trump Run?" is attempting to stoke new speculation about—and donations to—another campaign for The Donald.

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Opinion: Republican Tom Coburn, Populist Tax Hero?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

You don't see much fiscal sanity from either major party anymore, but the GOP has been especially off the deep end over the last few years. This is why I find it notable that one idea coming from a conservative senator is right in line with the sort of commonsensical fiscal ideas we need more of in our country, to set us on a path to solvency.

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