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2012 Election

The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's 2012 Win; NJ Senate Election; Internet Hate Speech

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Jonathan Alter’s new book The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies tells the story of the 2012 election. He talks about that and analyzes the current news. Plus: Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League on how to fight viral hate speech on the Internet; Rutgers professor Ross Baker on the special election to fill Lautenberg’s Senate seat; and Curtis White talks about his book on the defense of arts and culture against “scientism.”

The Brian Lehrer Show

Making Connections

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Historian Douglas Brinkley explains what precedent there is for President Obama’s second term, and reflects on post-Katrina lessons applicable to the post-Sandy recovery here. Plus: how disasters create communities and what it means for climate change activists; Slate’s Sasha Issenberg looks back at how the Obama campaign used data to win the election; an on-the-ground look at the Long Island communities of Long Beach and Oceanside.

The Brian Lehrer Show

The 2012 Victory Lab

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sasha Issenberg, contributor to Slate, Washington correspondent for Monocle, and author of the book The Victory Lab, on how the Obama administration harnessed technology and mined data in winning the 2012 election.

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The Impacts of Redistricting on Tuesday's Election

Friday, November 09, 2012

In the lead up to Tuesday's election, public policy experts worried that redistricting efforts would greatly change the course of races for the House of Representatives. Nate Persily, a professor of law and political science at Columbia University who works closely on redistricting issues, explains how redistricting impacted the 2012 election.

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How Much Do Our Genes Influence Our Votes?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It is two weeks until election day and the presidential candidates, their campaigns, and their supporters have invested huge amounts of time and money to win our votes, but what ultimately sways us to pick one candidate over another? An increasing numbers of political scientists are considering the notion that our voting patterns may be influenced by genetics, as well as our environment. Kara Miller is the host of WGBH’s Innovation Hub.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iowa, Corn, and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 11, 2012

For almost two decades, Iowa has produced more corn than any other state in the country. But this year a severe drought has hit the state hard, and that’s having an impact on everything from animal feed to ethanol production. Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson talks about how the corn crop could affect how the swing state votes next month. We’ll also look at the candidates’ recent trips to the state, where early voting is already under way.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Washington State and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 04, 2012

There have been major economic shifts across the country since President Obama was elected in 2008. Washington State is home to Boeing as well as Amazon and Microsoft, and Chris Grygiel, Seattle news editor for the Associated Press, talks about how the economic recession and recovery have affected these major employers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Electoral Dysfunction”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Victoria Bassetti, author of Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters, written with Mo Rocca, talks about at voting in America—from early voting to absentee ballots to voter fraud to voter ID laws. She's joined by Bennett Singer, writer/director/producer of the documentary “Electoral Dysfunction." The film opens at the Quad Cinema September 21. It will also be shown in New York on PBS channel 21 October 28.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bob Woodward on The Price of Politics

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bob Woodward discusses how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to repair the American economy and deal with the federal debt over three and one half years. The Price of Politics, his 17th book, addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the state of the American economy and how to address it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Energy in North Dakota and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We’ve seen huge economic changes across the country since 2008. The Associated Press’s Dale Wetzel talks about the natural gas and oil industries in North Dakota and throughout the Plains states that has grown over the last four years, and what that means for voters in November. Plus, we’ll look at the race for Kent Conrad’s seat. The Democratic senator announced his retirement in January 2011.

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The Takeaway

How to Sell Austerity in a Presidential Election

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his running mate, he inevitably brought along Ryan's budget plan, too. It's a plan that restructures Medicare and Social Security, while at the same time lowering taxes across the board. In short, it dramatically downsizes the role of government in America. But does austerity ever work as a campaign slogan?

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The Takeaway

Ryan's Medicare Rhetoric Could Hurt in Florida

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Experts are saying Paul Ryan is a perfect fit for Iowa. He's Catholic, conservative, and Midwestern. Florida, though, could be another matter. In a state where Medicare cuts are a "third rail issue," Mitt Romney set out on several campaign stops yesterday, conspicuously, by himself.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Romney Veepstakes

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pawlenty, Jindal, Portman, Rubio, Christie, Rice... Chris Cillizza, Washington Post’s ‘The Fix’ columnist and author of the new book, The Gospel According to the Fix, discusses the various candidates being discussed for Mitt Romney's Vice President. Republicans, who would you like to see as Romney's running mate? Let us know!

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Without Government, the Private Sector Would Shrivel

Monday, June 11, 2012

There are huge chunks of the American economy that would also shrink and die off without public spending.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chris Hayes on Romney vs. Obama

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Christopher Hayes, editor-at-large of The Nation and host of "Up w/ Chris Hayes on MSNBC," discusses the latest in politics, from the re-surfacing debt ceiling debate to the return of Jeremiah Wright as campaign issue, and the announcement that Americans Elect can't find a candidate.

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Gay Republican Campaigns in Massachusetts Congressional Race

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Richard Tisei is running to represent Massachusetts' 6th congressional district, against Democratic incumbent, John Tierney. If he's successful, Tisai will be the first gay Republican to be elected to the House of Representatives and to have come before an election.

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The Race to Define Mitt Romney

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

President Obama's campaign attacked Mitt Romney's record on Bain Capital with an add that paints a picture of Romney as a job killer. In response, Romney team has put out its own ad, hailing Romney as a job creator who can save struggling American cities. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reviews the competing ads and assess whether which character description of Romney is more likely to stick with voters.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Addresses Americans from Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

It was a moment perfectly staged for an American audience: In a speech that neatly coincided with the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama addressed the country from Bagram Air Base after secretly traveling to Afghanistan. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the President's address.

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Dispelling the Myth of the Monolithic Hispanic Voting Bloc

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Conservative polling and advocacy group Resurgent Republic recently sponsored a series of focus groups with Hispanic voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada. The groups consisted of people who voted for President Obama in 2008 but are now undecided. Resurgent Republic says its findings "dispel the myth of the Hispanic community being a monolithic voting bloc." The focus groups were conducted by Impacto Group. Leslie Sanchez, author of "Los Republicanos," CEO of Impacto Group and member of the board of Resurgent Republic, breaks down some of the groups' key findings.

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Opinion: Five Predictions for the Rick Santorum Farewell

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What's more surprising than Rick Santorum dropping out to most is that he lasted this long. He has already factored into three of my predictions on this site, so I'll round his candidacy out with two more before we bid farewell.

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