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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) addresses a campaign rally with his wife Ann Romney (C) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a Hy Vee supermark Mitt Romney addresses a campaign rally with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The Obama administration is using cutting-edge data analytics to target likely voters in the presidential election. Sasha Issenberg of Slate explains how this campaign is different from 2008 and what effect the strategy might have on the election. Plus, political news; Nafisa Hoodbhoy talks about Pakistan and democracy; a preview of Gov. Christie's budget; the details of a recent class action suit around loitering; and the history of Tea Parties.

Setting The Week in Politics

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter and Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, talk about the GOP nomination race, the payroll tax cut extension, and other political news.

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Preview of Gov. Christie's Budget

John Mooney, founding editor of, looks ahead to this afternoon's budget address by New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

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Democracy in Pakistan

Nafisa Hoodbhoy, former staff reporter at Dawn, Pakistan's leading English language newspaper, former teacher at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Amherst College, and now author of Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey Through Pakistan's Last Decade of Democracy, discusses the politics of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in the post-9/11 era, and how ethnic violence and women's rights fit into Pakistan's democratic history.

You can see Nafisa Hoodbhoy in conversation with Professor Henry (Chip) Carey and Karen Frillman of WNYC tonight at McNally Jackson bookstore in NYC.


How Campaigns 'Microtarget' You

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, Sasha Issenberg of Slate talks about the different ways campaigns—including the Obama administration—are using data analytics to target their message to voters.  He wrote the piece titled, "Dreamcatcher."

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Loitering Settlement

McGregor Smyth, managing attorney in the civil action practice at Bronx Defenders, discusses the recent class action suit around improper loitering violations.

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New Jersey Tea Parties

Joseph Cummins, New Jersey-based historian and author of Ten Tea Parties: Patriotic Protests That History Forgot, discusses the Tea Party craze - of the colonial era. The little-known Tea Parties (including in New Jersey) tie into the movement known today.

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