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Friday, February 03, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said that if the safety net for America’s poor needs repair, he’ll fix it. Melissa Boteach of the Center for American Progress details where the net needs mending. Then, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey on why he supports a proposal from Governor Chris Christie on mandatory drug rehab; and the latest on the uprising in Syria. Plus: Michael Grabell of ProPublica is now author of “Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History.”

Paging Mitt Romney: Here are the Holes in the Safety Net

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, Mitt Romney says if the safety net for the very poor needs repair, he'll fix it. Melissa Boteach, poverty expert and manager of the Half in Ten Campaign at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, offered suggestions on where to start.

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Syria in Crisis

Executive director of the Middle East & North Africa Division for Human Rights Watch, Sarah Leah Whitson discusses the humanitarian crisis within Syria and the international response.

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Jim McGreevey's New Work

Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey and current spiritual counselor of Integrity House at New Jersey's Hudson County Correctional Center, discusses his support for Governor Christie's proposal to require drug treatment services for low-level drug offenders and what he's learned since leaving office. 

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Stimulus Money Well Spent?

Michael Grabell, who covers transportation for ProPublica and is the author of Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History follows up on his ShovelWatch reporting with a book about the stimulus plan and what it accomplished.

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Challenges & Grants

Howard Wolfson, NYC deputy mayor for Government Affairs and Communications and former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's budget and his challenge grant to Planned Parenthood.

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Who Does Connecticut Root For in the Super Bowl?

New York and Boston play on Sunday - and the Constitution State has mixed allegiances. We discuss the Giants/Pats Sox/Yanks divide with Jeff Jacobs, sports columnist for the Hartford Courant.

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Your Super Bowl Predictions

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