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The Takeaway

Two Takes on Last Night's State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

With spirited rhetoric about protecting the middle class and enforcing fairness in taxation, president Obama abandoned his normally conciliatory tone about non-partisan politics during last night's State of the Union address and instead highlighted the differences between right and left. Although both parties have had the chance for rebuttal, The Takeaway has assembled their own partisan players to comment on the president's remarks.

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Opinion: Mitt Romney is the Not-Bad Candidate in a Sea of Terrible Ones

Monday, January 23, 2012

With the idea that they're the same politically, people are choosing based on personality. And yes, let's insert the obvious joke here that it's hard to do that with Mitt Romney since he doesn't have one. Yet, for the second presidential election in a row, I'll be voting Mitt Romney to try to stop the other guys from winning.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tom Perriello on Progress and Action

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tom Perriello, former Congressman, discusses his new role as president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the role of progressives in the 2012 elections and what he wants to hear from tomorrow's State of the Union address. 

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, State of the Economy

Monday, January 23, 2012

This week, President Obama delivers the State of the Union, then travels to five states that promise to be key battlegrounds for this year's election: Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Michigan. As the President begins his swing state tour, Republican candidates will be setting up camp in Florida, preparing for two debates in the next primary state.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Obama's Ground Game and the Keystone Pipeline

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kate Andersen Brower, reporter for Bloomberg News, takes a look at the size and scope of President Barack Obama’s reelection apparatus and his administration’s recent decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Opinion: Obama Throws SOPA and Keystone Red Meat to Liberals

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's rare for environmentalists to cheer loudly for this president, and add to it the administration's carefully-worded objections to SOPA and PIPA, and you see a president who has decided to re-excite those whose enthusiasm carried him to victory four years ago.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New Hampshire Primary Preview

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

As Republican primary voters in the Granite State head to the polls today, Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, describes the last few days of campaigning, this weekend’s debates, and what we can expect tonight.

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The Washington Report

Predictions for 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, speaks to Manoush Zomorodi about his predictions for the coming year in the Middle East, Europe, China, and in the coming elections here in the United States.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Matthews on JFK and Politics Today

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chris Matthews, Host of the Chris Matthews Show, talks about national politics, the economy, and next year’s election. He’ll also discusses his biography Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, which looks at the defining moments in Kennedy’s personal life and presidency and his legacy.

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Opinion: Does Mitt Romney Have a Mormon Problem?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

The burning question of whether Mitt Romney’s faith will be a liability in his quest for the 2012 Presidential nomination is plaguing Iowa pundits as we try to predict the GOP caucus in January.

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Watch and Re-Read Chat: GOP Debate on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Takeaway

Obama and GOP Hopefuls Set Their Sights on Swing States

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The 2012 Election is more than a year away, but the president and Republican presidential hopefuls are already campaigning, and setting their sights on potential swing states. Tuesday night, the Republican presidential candidates will debate once again, this time in the swing state of Nevada. Meanwhile, President Obama is traveling through the swing state of North Carolina, hoping to rally support for his jobs bill.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Would Your Favorite Superhero Vote For?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Contributor to It's A Free Country and one of the editors of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, Jeff Yang, talks about his most recent column on how comic books and politics mix, and who he thinks various superheroes would endorse in the 2012 election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 2012 Latino Vote

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

President and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, Angelo Falcón talks about how the GOP candidates and President Obama are courting the Latino vote.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Art Pope, 2012, and Citizens United

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The landmark Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has changed the political landscape in battleground states. Jane Mayer takes a look at how Art Pope, an arch conservative billionaire, is reshaping North Carolina politics heading into the 2012 presidential race with the help of the ruling. Mayer’s article “State for Sale” appears in the October 10, 2011, issue of the New Yorker.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale continues her monthly series with us. This week: how independent groups are going after minority voters.

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Opinion: What's Really Behind the 'Bachmann is Stupid' Theme? The Usual Liberal Smugness

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gaffes by Republicans are spread far and wide as evidence by liberals that these people with whom they disagree are not just wrong on the issues, they're stupid.

-Karol MarkowiczIt's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Candidates Vie for New Hampshire Independent Votes

Thursday, August 18, 2011

With a state motto like "Live Free or Die," you might expect that New Hampshire has a fair number of independent voters. That’s what prompted Anna Sale reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website of our co-producer WNYC — to report from there. Sale has been on the road speaking to independent voters across the country, in an attempt to gauge which direction this large and crucial demographic is leaning as we approach the 2012 presidential election. She’s spent the last few days in New Hampshire, focusing on how Republicans and Democrats are attempting to capture the independent vote there.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Survive Recall Elections in Wisconsin

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Republicans in Wisconsin will hold onto their control of the State Senate after winning four out of six recall elections last night. Democrats and union groups poured millions of dollars into the recall election, which stemmed from bitterness over Republican Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill." The legislation passed in February after Democratic lawmakers fled the state for weeks to delay voting on the bill, and protesters besieged the state capitol. Two Senate Democrats will face their own recall elections next week.

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry Presidential Run May Highlight Texas Job Growth

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry is preparing to jump into the race for the Republican nomination for president and his state's record on job creation will likely be a central focus of his campaign. A significant number of the jobs created in the U.S. over the past two years were created in Texas. This despite the widespread economic uncertainty and stubbornly high unemployment that's gripped the nation since the official end of the recession. However, in spite of its success at jobs creation, the state's unemployment number has remained stable.

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