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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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Opinion: Newt's Pivot to Middle Pays off in NH

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gingrich is playing a fake to the center in order to influence independents and moderate Republicans.

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Opinion: Huntsman's Failure Shows GOP's Extremism Problem

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It’s only a matter of time before it’s Rick Santorum’s turn.

Why not? Why shouldn’t Rick get his moment at the head of the GOP pack? The merry-go-round of candidates who have shared the top spot alongside Mitt Romney has now stopped on Newt Gingrich, but can’t last for long. ...

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Stucknation: OWS Learns That Nowadays, Trade Trumps Democracy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Early last Sunday morning, after the NYPD's forcible removal of protesters at Zuccotti Park, the scene was cold and surreal.

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Opinion: The Questions We Should be Asking the GOP Candidates

Friday, November 25, 2011

We are now recovering from gazillionth GOP presidential debate, and there is no end in sight. The ratings show that people are enjoying watching the contenders slug it out, but they can obscure the questions the candidates should be getting grilled about.

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Gingrich’s Immigration Stance: Heart or Calculated Gambit?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Newt Gingrich’s comments on immigration during Tuesday’s CNN debate sparked a maelstrom. He suggested that some immigrant families, including those with members who are in the country without papers, should not be broken up.

“I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is ...

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Highlights from the GOP Debate

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday night's GOP debate focused on foreign policy - from Iran's nuclear policy to socialism in Latin America. Perhaps most notably, the night featured a departure from Republican party orthodoxy by Newt Gingrich, who said the GOP shouldn't "adopt an immigration policy which destroys families."

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Opinion: The Return of Candidate Clinton?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

She was bested in the last presidential primary for reasons that won't disappear: an entrenched team with a lethargic approach, high negatives in areas of the country, and just too much fatigue around her mystique. She's not angling to push out the president, the op-ed aspirations of a few admirers notwithstanding.

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DHS Deportation Guides Leave Questions for Gay Binationals

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys Thursday which clearly identified enforcement priorities among pending deportation cases. In short, it said who should be deported and who gets to stay.

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Meme Patrol: "Megyn Kelly, Essentially"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yesterday's spirited defense of brutal police actions toward UC-Davis protesters by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is threatening to launch a fresh meme, already spilling out of a thread on Gawker into the free-range web.

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Obama's NH Jobs Speech: Hecklers, Taxes, and Silence on Super Committee

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

President Barack Obama gave a jobs speech today at Manchester Central High School in New Hampshire, where he was heckled by Occupy Wall Street supporters.

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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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Watch and Read: Obama talks Jobs, Economy in NH

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The president spoke about his jobs bill today in New Hampshire - watch the video, read his remarks and re-read the live chat.

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GOP Book Report: Highlights from the 2012 Campaign Reads

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What did voters learn about the candidates—their biographies, their politics, their vision for the country—through more than just the news stories and blog posts and 140-character updates?

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Watch and Re-Read Chat: GOP Debate on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chris Matthews on Disappointment with Obama, Super Committee's Crying 'Uncle'

Monday, November 21, 2011

[Barack Obama] promised to be a transformative president; in that case, you have to tell us what you're going to transform.

—  Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC's "Hardball" and NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Obama Misplayed the Super Committee

Monday, November 21, 2011

Would it really be all that bad they fail, and the big hunk of the federal government has to eat a 7.8 percent budget cut? In short, yes... it would be horrible.

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Opinion: Is America Ready for its Second Black President?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Even ten years ago this accomplishment would have been thought impossible; yet today we take their ascendancy to power as nothing out of the ordinary.

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Podcast: DREAM Activists Protest Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law

Friday, November 18, 2011

A nation-wide network of young undocumented immigrants, their parents and their supporters in Congress are flocking to Alabama to protest that state’s harsh new anti-immigration law.

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Opinion: Voters Need to Hold 'Not So Super Committee' Accountable

Friday, November 18, 2011

If this likely trajectory plays out, the nine percent of Americans who approve of the job Congress is doing may need to reconsider. Congress backed itself into a corner and then set a booby trap it can't defuse.

-Justin Krebs

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