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Transcript: Obama Says U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by 2012

Friday, October 21, 2011

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end -- for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our ...

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Kristof on Inequality and What To Do About It

Friday, October 21, 2011

This is not just an issue of fairness, it's also an issue of economic inefficiency. When you reach the kind of levels that we have now then it becomes an impediment to growth.

—  Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Think NH Will Let Another State's Primary Go First? Think Again

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When will the primary and caucus season for 2012 officially start? Ask Bill Gardner, the Secretary of State of New Hampshire.

Gardner started his career in New Hampshire politics as a state representative, and was elected Secretary of State in 1976 by the state legislature and has remained in that ...

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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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Transcript: Obama Speaks After Death of Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi

Thursday, October 20, 2011

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the government of Libya announced the death of Moammar Gadhafi. This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya.

For four decades, ...

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New Allies in Battle Against Controversial Ala. Immigration Law

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Alabama’s business and agricultural communities, which for the most part remained silent while the legislators were crafting the legislation, are only now becoming vocal opponents, as they see their bottom lines getting slashed by the law, which has scared Latino laborers—authorized and unauthorized—out of the state.

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The White House and The Root: Open for Questions

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The president is going to say, piece by piece, stand up and explain why you say we should preserve tax breaks for the very wealthy but we shouldn’t fund our nations schools.

—  Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to President Obama for Public Engagement and Intergovernment Affairs, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Chat Transcript: The White House and The Root on the Opportunity Agenda

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Join It's A Free Country and TheRoot.com Contributing Editor David Swerdlick as we live-chat the White House live Q&A event - Open for Questions: The Opportunity Agenda with The Root. The session will also be streamed live on the White House website and at TheRoot.com.

 

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Opinion: How I Learned to Love the Filibuster

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

After the Senate last week defeated President Obama's American Jobs Act through filibuster, the Congressional tactic has come under a lot of criticism. Illinois Senator Richard Durbin said Tuesday that he favors a return to earlier (and tougher) rules, which required dissenting lawmakers hold ...

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Podcast: 2012 GOP Candidates Sink With Latinos

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In this podcast, Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks with La Opinión senior political writer and columnist Pilar Marrero about the first poll measuring how Latino voters are responding to the GOP presidential field. Listen:

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20 Years Later: Anita Hill and the Justice Thomas Confirmation Hearings

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'm a journalist. I'm a reporter. I cover the court. This was my story. I thought it was a credible story but you know, you saw what I saw and I don't think we actually have proof positive. Lots of people have their opinions, but I don't think it's in my interest to actually resolve this based on an opinion as opposed to fact.

Nina Totenberg, NPR's legal affairs correspondent, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Maine's Rebellious Streak

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As the autumn chill begins its descent southward, it's not just the crisp air that's making the rest of the country feel a little like Maine. Here, anti-establishment rebelliousness and economic populism is nothing new. This is the state where Ross Perot came in second in 1992. This year, a deep sense of alienation from Washington political representatives is polishing the independent streak, with some unexpected results.

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Opinion: In Last Night's Debate, Mitt Show Kills Hermentum, Shuts Down Perry

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In last night's Republican Debate, which we all anticipated would shine a bright light on Cain - the latest to surge in the ABR (Anyone But Romney) race - Romney took center stage.

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

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Watch: Republican Presidential Debate from Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The major GOP candidates for president (save for Jon Huntsman) gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 18th for a televised debate. The It's A Free Country politics team and your fellow WNYC political junkies watched and chatted.

Five Things to Watch For in the Las Vegas GOP Debate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Republican candidates will meet yet again this evening in Las Vegas, capping off a marathon of debates that began in early September. The primary landscape looks very different now than it did back then, when Rick Perry was ascendant and 9/9/9 wasn't a catch phrase. Here's what to look for.

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Explainer: What Ron Paul's Trillion-Dollar Spending Cuts Axe (and What They Don't)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ron Paul wants to slash government spending by $1 trillion, and he doesn't want to waste any time.

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Opinion: Israel's Gilad Shalit Trade Shows Why We're Allies

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm biased toward Israel because it is the only democracy, the only free country, the only healthy, functioning culture in the Middle East. It is a land where free speech is encouraged, protest isn't squashed and life is valued. In short, it shares the ideals and values which we treasure in America.

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

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Taibbi and Prins: Occupying Wall Street Before it Was Cool?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

[Banks are] continuing to overvalue awful assets that they created into the 2008 beginning of the current crash we have, and they're being given a free pass by the Federal Reserve, the government, and everything else, which is exactly what happened in 1929.

Nomi Prins, senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker, and author of the new novel Black Tuesday, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Opinion: Dems Must Take Up the 99 Percent's Cry

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Many Republicans never claimed to speak for the Tea Party, but tailored their message to resonate with Tea Party themes. Progressive elected officials can do the same with the passion coming out of Wall Street.

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

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