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Monday, December 05, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 16, 2011. (Mark Hirsch/Getty)

Of all the candidates in the GOP presidential field, Newt Gingrich has the longest record on the national stage. Conservative columnist Matt Towery and Eleanor Clift, contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, give their perspective from the left and the right on the candidate. Plus: the environmental crisis of how we think; advice for procrastinators who can still meet Medicare’s open enrollment deadline this week; and big changes ahead for the New York Public Library.

Liking Newt, Warts and All

Recap from It's a Free Country.

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, Georgia-based conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency, Matt Towery, and contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, Eleanor Clift, talked about the resurgence of Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Thoughtful Response to Environmental Crises

Small Planet Institute co-founders, Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, argue that it isn't physical challenges like climate change that threaten us the most, but how we think about them. Frances, author of Diet for a Small Planet, also discusses her new book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.

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Medicare Open Enrollment

Senior program editor and online columnist at Consumer Reports, Nancy Metcalf, offers advice to procrastinators who are looking to take advantage of Medicare's open enrollment, which ends on Wednesday, 12/7.

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Kathryn Wylde on Cuomo's New Tax Plan

Governor Cuomo proposed a new plan Sunday to create jobs, which includes new higher tax rates for the wealthy. Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership of New York City, a network of business leaders, discusses why she supports the new plan even though she has opposed the so called millionaires' tax.

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Future NYPL

Scott Sherman, contributing writer to The Nation, reports on some big changes planned for the New York Public Library

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