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Obama Comes to Big Apple ATM

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

After addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday night, President Obama shifted gears from world concilator to fundraiser-in-chief, headlining an event that raised $1.4 million intended to help his party hold on to Congress.

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Being King of California Means Wearing A Crown of Thorns

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I wrote a column once saying anybody who runs for governor of california ought to be required to undergo a psychiatric examination. Because demonstrably, the state very likely is ungovernable at least in the conventional sense of the word.

-Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Where They Stand: Public Employee Benefits

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Each week on It's A Free Country we bring you Wonk Wars. This week, we're asking policy experts to react to the statement "Public Employees Get Too Many Benefits". Here is what our research found the two candidates for Governor say about the issue.

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Car Czar Looks Back at The Bailout

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It would have been the economic equivalent of an atomic bomb on the midwest."

-Steven Rattner, President Obama's former car czar and author of Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry in America on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bullhorn: Farai Chideya on America in an Age of High Anxiety

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Traveling through America, I cannot help but look at America in military metaphors, as a soldier who has served a tour of duty and cannot help but wonder if rotations to the field will continue indefinitely. The battles are economic, on one level. Jobs and the economy remain the top issues. Neighborhoods rocked by foreclosures are sometimes finding a new equilibrium - even if that equilibrium means learning to live with one or two abandoned houses on a once-full block. America has survived the dizzying economic crash of 2008, but we remain ready to fight for an American Dream that sometimes we can't even define.

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Bloomberg Backs Cuomo

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Michael Bloomberg endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor today, saying "I know I'll have a partner in Albany."

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Just Six Points Apart - Paladino Narrowly Trails Cuomo in New Poll

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

In its first poll of likely general election voters, the Quinnipiac Poll found Republican nominee Carl Paladino narrowly trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 43-49 percent.

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Carl Paladino’s Eight Days as Mr. Establishment

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Here’s something (almost) nobody expected a week ago: Carl Paladino talking to CNN in Central Park.

The commercial real estate developer from Buffalo was asked by Soledad ...

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City's Looming Budget Crisis in 'Post-Recession' Economy

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The National Bureau of Economic Research may have declared the great recession over, but the road ahead is still quite rocky for the New York City budget.

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Gail Collins on Why We Need to Know Christine O'Donnell

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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This is one of the things that voters really want and need to know…not that you need to know that she was on the altar with the witch. But, is this person that’s running who you don’t know much about, that’s new to your vision, is that person a crazy person? That’s what we’re getting at here.

-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Jon Stewart, Political Leader? What Do You Think?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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We spend so much time running to the extremes that we no longer are able to relate to the other side. When you hang a label on yourself, or on someone else it's usually based on some very surface level things, or let's just say 25 percent of what that person is. But there's a whole other 75 percent trhat you can agree on, that you can find points of commonality.

-John, a caller from Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Bullhorn: Gaga for Gaga

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert prepare to take Washington, we certainly should appreciate the satire, the cynicism even, as healthy for our democracy. After all, Stewart's viewers are engaged on some level. They are not completely disengaged from the political process. The same can be said of Glenn Beck's followers. And if Lady Gaga’s fans pick up the phone and call their senators, whatever their motivation, at least they are dialing into the process. The question is whether we are engaged enough.

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30 Issues in 30 Days: Does a Tax on the Wealthy Mean a Tax on Small Business?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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We've been at recessionary levels basically since September 2008 and having a real hard time for small businesses to dig their way out of a really tough economic stretch. And so I think any kind of increase in taxes is going to be a disincentive for investment, especially in the current environment.

-Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Wonk Wars: Do Public Employees Get Too Much?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: Public Employees Have Too Many Benefits

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Bullhorn: Tea Party Leader Says Post-Primary, Questions for Winning GOP Candidates

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Candidates have been describing the problems facing New Yorkers and Americans, but they have not done a very good job of communicating how they will do something about these problems. Just like in a job interview New Yorkers now want candidates to demonstrate ability. It's time to focus and give some answers.

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NY Democrats Look to Women Candidates - and Paladino - to Build Albany Power

Monday, September 20, 2010

With six weeks left before voters go to the polls,  New York candidates are hitting the streets and the airwaves. Democrats are trying to hold onto their control of the state Senate. Last year, their narrow majority temporarily slipped away and gave the Republicans a fleeting new lease on life, for a while anyway. Eventually dissident Democrats came back to the fold, but  the chaos only complicated an already dysfunctional budget process.

Now, Democrats think they can tilt the Albany math in their favor with women challengers in a few key legislative races - and by capturing voters put off by Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino.

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A NY Tea Party Gov Candidate Not Named Paladino

Monday, September 20, 2010

A wave of fiscal conservativism and pent up frustration with the political establishment helped propel first-time candidate Carl Paladino to the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Since that surprise victory over former Rep. Rick Lazio, many have ascribed Paladino’s victory to the Tea Party movement, which also fueled the unexpected victories of underdog candidates in Maryland and Nevada.

But Paladino, technically, isn’t a Tea Party candidate. And Steve Cohn finds that assumption a little irksome.

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O'Donnell Aside, Don't Dismiss Tea Party, Pundits Say

Monday, September 20, 2010

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I think people, especially in New York City are misunderstanding the Tea Party and misunderstanding the candidates, and I think they seem to be the only people whom a large percentage of the population really believes either has their best interests in mind, or at very least doesn't have more worse things set up for them. I really do think this is from the grassroots and these people, these representatives, these canidates really are representative of the people of the United States right now.

-Caller Alex from Jamaica, Queens, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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30 Issues in 30 Days: The Schedule

Monday, September 20, 2010

See what's on tap and find archived shows.

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Jimmy Carter on Iran, Hostages and the Hikers

Monday, September 20, 2010

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I don’t call them hostages now. They’re just prisoners who violated Iran’s sovereignty by crossing the border between Iraq and Iran, inadvertently they claim, and I go along with that. I just got back from North Korea, bringing out a prisoner who crossed the border from China, walked across a frozen river and was captured. We have to realize that those countries have a very different framework for law and violation of their borders than we do. My hope is that we will see the release of the hikers.

-President Jimmy Carter on The Brian Lehrer Show

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