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Opinion: Why Rick Won't be Mitt's #2

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee. This has been the betting man's favorite for awhile. Karol Markowicz on the Right and I on the Left have agreed on this at It's A Free Country. Tuesday's wins cemented Mitt's momentum. The story is no longer whether ...

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Opinion: Welcome to the Endless Campaign Season

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The American political process has become a “permanent election.” After we hold an election, all the candidates have to begin raising money for the next election years down the road, and there is no longer any respite from the endless advertisements, snarkiness and hot air emanating from the punsters.

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The Takeaway

What Does Transparency Tell Us About a Presidential Campaign?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

All presidential campaigns have to report expenditures of $200 or more, and they'll all throw in some token small stuff, but no one takes campaign finance disclosures more seriously than the campaign of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Every bank fee, refueling, and purchase of morning coffee is reported in the Paul campaign's FEC reports. How do the other major candidates compare to the Paul campaign? Kim Barker, reporter for ProPublica, explains what a campaign's transparency tells us about the candidate.

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Opinion: Don't Let the Door Hit You, Newt and Rick

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich seem ready to campaign well into 2013 since this is, by far, the most prominence either has achieved in at least the last decade.

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The Takeaway

Are Campaign Critiques Affecting Obama's Foreign Policy?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

As the Republican Presidential candidates fight for the GOP nomination, President Obama is getting slammed on all sides. While voters consistently say that the economy is the most important issue in this election, the Republican candidates are particularly critical of President Obama’s foreign policy. Both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for his stance on Iran's nuclear capabilities at the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) Conference earlier this week. Santorum was particularly critical of the President for apologizing for the Koran burnings in Afghanistan last month. 

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The Takeaway

Super Tuesday Results in Ohio, the Ultimate Electoral Bellwether

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Of all the states up for grabs on Super Tuesday, Ohio was the biggest prize. Ohio has long been considered a bellwether in presidential politics. Living in a rust belt state, Ohioans are more concerned about their economic future than ever before, but social issues like abortion and marriage are also near and dear to the Ohio conservatives who showed up at the polls yesterday. So what decided Ohio Republican votes on Super Tuesday this year? What do the Ohio results forecast for the general election? 

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Opinion: Candidate Fiscal Math No Better Than the Dems'

Friday, February 24, 2012

With the two major parties being the way they are now, there is next to no chance that we're going to avoid a level of debt that severely cuts into core spending programs, and starts to eat away at our economy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Campaigns 'Microtarget' You

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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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Opinion: Why Progressives Should Be the Willing Culture Warriors

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The more the Santorums of the world fight for the world of yesterday, the more they are being left out of the plans for tomorrow.

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The Takeaway

An 'Inside Look' at Mitt Romney

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Many modern political dynasties are built on "like father, like son." However, Mitt Romney's cautious presidential bid in many ways highlights how he's different from his old man. In 1967, former Michigan Governor George Romney candidly revealed that he had changed his stance on the Vietnam War with the remark, "When I came back from Vietnam, I had just about the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get." Most pundits agree that this remark effectively ended George Romney's 1968 presidential campaign.

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Opinion: Sen. Marco Rubio Won't Be the GOP Veep (Probably)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sources I’ve spoken to who are close with Rubio say that he isn’t interest in running as vice president - his roots are in Florida, his family is in Florida and he made a commitment to serve his full six-year term in office. 

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Where Santorum Rickrolled (and Romney Stumbled)

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

So what exactly happened Tuesday night? Suddenly former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has reemerged from the pack to claim the spotlight with three wins – Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri – while front-runner Mitt Romney is combing through the wreckage.

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Track: Colorado Caucus Returns

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 64 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Colorado’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the caucuses come in.

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Track: Minnesota Caucus Returns

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 87 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Minnesota’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the caucuses come in.

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Track: Missouri Primary Returns

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 114 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Missouri’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the primary comes in.

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Track: Nevada Caucus Results

Friday, February 03, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 16 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Nevada’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the caucuses come in.

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Opinion: It's Groundhog Day for Mitt and Newt

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Phil Connors was also tricked into thinking he'd escaped at least once.  But after Mitt Romney won Iowa, he were criticized for it being too close.  Then he won New Hampshire…and the story changed to him losing Iowa.

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The Takeaway

Stephen Colbert's Super PAC Man Trevor Potter

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Stephen Colbert's super PAC, Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow has raised more than $1 million since getting a green-light from the Federal Election Commission last June. Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow has managed to find hilarity in the minutiae of campaign finance — and revealed its inner workings to millions of Americans. But none of this would've been possible without Trevor Potter, Colbert’s attorney and the former FEC Commissioner.

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Map: Florida Shows Romney's Still Got Trouble Spots

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Even in all the good news out of Florida, and there was a lot of it, there were a few red flags showing continuing problems for Mitt Romney.

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The Takeaway

Independent Voters on the 2012 Campaign

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This week President Obama begins his first campaign tour of the 2012 election, touring five key swing states this week: Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan. The independent or undecided voters in these crucial states are what will decide the 2012 election. The Takeaway turns to two such voters to see which issues are most important to them.

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