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Battle of the Bulge

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Was he wearing a wire? Dave Lindorff of Salon.com thinks so and he'll explain on this evening's pre-debate special.


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30 Issues: Free Trade and Outsourcing

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Distinctions over trade policy have been muted between the two presidential candidates, but outsourcing has loomed as an issue in this campaign. The Democrats seemed more to the left on the issue when they spoke poorly of free trade in the primary debates. And since the chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors argued in favor of outsourcing earlier this year, the Republicanshas strayed from the topic. This installment of the series looks at the merits of outsourcing and free trade and how each candidate will treat it should they be elected.

Read beyond for an excerpt of the candidate's positions.

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Healthcare Summaries

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The Wall Street Journal broke down the ideas behind the Bush health care plan, highlighting the idea of ownership of one's health. To read the article please click here.

The LA Times also attempted to breakdown this very tough subject, and that can be read here.

Note both ...

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30 Issues: Housing

Monday, October 11, 2004

President Bush’s plan for housing is primarily governed by his “ownership society” philosophy, spelled out in last month's convention speech. Meanwhile, the Kerry plan emphasizes affordable rent. But how will either candidate implement their goals? This episode of the 30 Issues series examines the Bush and Kerry policies in housing and the fate of the section 8 program.

Read on for the Democrat’s and Republican’s view and tune in to hear former HUD secretary Andrew Cuomo discuss the Kerry plan while the Manhattan Insitute’s Howard Husock lays out the Bush plan.

In the meantime, please keep the emails coming.

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30 Issues: New Jersey

Monday, October 11, 2004

For years New Jersey has been considered a solid blue state, the state legislature is Democratic, the Governor is a Democrat and the two Senators are Democrats. But a funny thing happened a few months ago- George Bush was polling rather competitively in the Garden State. The Republicans feel ...

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Feedback- New Jersey

Monday, October 11, 2004

The most telling difference in the Pres candidates was drawn out by you: we have a President who passes a prescription drug benefit which is no real benefit at all except to Pharms who don't have do negotiate with the real payor (the government representing the taxpayer) but instead get ...

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30 issues: science

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Science is a campaign issue in 2004 in a way it hasn't been in years. Recently a group of scientists who are irate over Bush administration policy on stem cell research, climate change, and r & d funding, have banded together to form a 527 supporting the Kerry campaign,

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feedback: science

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Isn't there a difference between budgeting for R&D and budgeting for
other scientific research? What about fields of science where there
isn't product development going on?

-JLE

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30 ISSUES: HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Today's topic is "humanitarian intervention." When is it acceptable to take up arms to save lives? Does the war in Iraq qualify? What should the U.S. do in Darfur?

Our guests today are Nancy Soderberg who served as a foreign policy official in the Clinton administration and Vance Serchuk ...

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30 ISSUES: PRE-EMPTIVE WAR

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

When is it acceptable to invade another country to prevent an attack on your own? What level of threat is required to act? What kind of proof is needed for the action to achieve legitimacy?

Joining us to discuss this issue are David Phillips, Kerry advisor on foreign policy and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Richard Perle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise who served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and as chairman of the Defense Policy Board under President George Bush.

read here for more for each major party candidate's position

Email us with your comments before or after the show. Let us know what you think.

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FEEDBACK: PREEMPTIVE WAR

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Iraq is better off only if Iraq achieves democracy, which has not happened. Looking at America's history at occupying countries, one would find far more incidents of the US backing dictators, such as Hussein, than converting them to democracies. Preemption should not be looked at without looking back to our ...

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30 Issues: New York

Monday, October 04, 2004

This time our 30 Issues series goes local as we ask the question, would New York be better off under a Kerry or a Bush administration? The biggest gripe among New York pols is that the state pays about $15 billion more in taxes than it gets back in federal spending. But would this really change with a change in the White House? Other issues include homeland security, mass transit, taxes, minimum wage and immigration. If there’s something you want on the agenda, let us know.

This segment will hear debate from Speaker of the New York City Council, Gifford Miller and The Manhattan Institute's E.J. McMahon

Please email us your comments, before or after the show

Here’s a sample from the two major party candidates:

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30 issues: has the iraq war made us safer?

Monday, October 04, 2004

It may be the most important issue in this election, it's certainly one of the most emotional, whatever one's answer to the question. Last Thursday night President Bush and John Kerry spent the vast majority of what had been billed as the foreign policy-focused debate disagreeing about Iraq.

Kerry: "The ...

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Jib Jab

Saturday, October 02, 2004

This morning (tonight?), we're broadcasting live from 1 to 3 AM. We'll welcome your calls on anything worthy of staying up this late.

We'll also play the famous jib jab animation song, in the meantime, visit it at Jib Jab

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John Kerry Rifle Update

Friday, October 01, 2004

Based on an article in the New York Times on Monday, September 27, I think your blog site and your discussion today on guns err in stating that Kerry owns an assault rifle.

The article, on page A18, is titled "No Assault Rifle for Kerry, After All." Kerry Campaign spokesman ...

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30 Issues: Guns

Friday, October 01, 2004

On paper, President Bush and Senator Kerry both favor renewing the assault weapons ban. But the legislation to extend the ban has remained stalled in Congress, and Kerry says Bush isn’t doing enough to get it passed.

Both candidates are gun-owners, and Kerry has frequently made appeals to his ...

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Feedback: Guns

Friday, October 01, 2004

A key difference between a Bush and Kerry administration would be their respective viewpoints on the nature of the Second Amendment.

For decades, the Justice Department held that the right to bear arms was a collective -- as in, "well regulated militia" -- right rather than an individual right. The first indication of a change in that position came in 2001. Attorney General John Ashcroft wrote a letter to the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist stating that "the text and the original intent of the Second Amendment clearly protect the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms."

Under a Kerry administration, we'd get a new Attorney General and Solicitor General, both of whom would share the traditional collective-right view of the Second Amendment. That's one very immediate change we could expect.
-EG

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30 Issues: North Korea

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

John Kerry is fond of pointing out that President Bush has handled North Korea very differently from Iraq, despite designating both countries as members of the "axis of evil". In fact, W's strategy of multilateral talks is about as far as you can get from full military action.

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Feedback: North Korea

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

No mention was made of our friends and allies, Pakistan, India, and Israel, having never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Nor of Pakistan being arguably the greatest proliferator of nuclear weapons technology. Neither did anyone think to comment on our own country’s leaders recently restarting our nuclear weapons program.
Are these matters not of far more concern to our national interests than North Korea’s sabre rattling?

-KC

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Feedback: media ownership

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

It seems Kerry rarely misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. His failure to talk up the media consolidation issue is a case in point. The grassroots and bipartisan outcry triggered by Michael Powell’s highhanded FCC initiative should have put this topic near the top of the campaign’s agenda.
-WI

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