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The Political Cost of the Debt Deal

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

With the debt deal in place, our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks to what the political costs may be — and what groups have been pitted against each other for 2012. (Troops vs. Medicare? Wealthy Americans vs. Troops?) How will this debate play out for the Republican presidential candidates? Plus, what will we see before 2012, when the next deficit reduction package has to pass in the fall of this year?

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The Takeaway

The Long-Term Political and Economic Impact of the Debt Ceiling Drama

Monday, August 01, 2011

As Congress arrives at a budget agreement and avoids sending the U.S into default right before the August 2 deadline, we're examining the broader, long-term political and historical impact of the the debt crisis. How will it affect the credibility of the U.S. government? What does it tell us about President Obama, and how will the crisis shape next year's election?

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WNYC News

Minimum Wage May Again Be a Focus in 2012

Sunday, July 24, 2011

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The federal minimum wage was last increased two years ago Sunday, and advocates for low-wage workers are renewing their push for another increase as the presidential campaign heats up.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama's Enthusiasm Gap is a Major Problem

Saturday, July 16, 2011

While some progressives are threatening to withhold their votes should Obama pursue cuts to our critical social safety net programs, few doubt liberals will pull the predictable lever in the voting booth. But in terms of building a governing majority, it will be a disaster.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Giuliani Looks to Restoke Interest in New Hampshire

Thursday, July 14, 2011

And he’s back!

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani traveled back up to New Hampshire today, where he told a crowd that if he chooses, he could run a campaign based on his economic record in New York City.

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The Takeaway

Reading the Republican Candidates' Memoirs

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In the world of politics, we’ve come to expect many things from our presidential candidates: bus tours, baby kissing, political posturing, the occasional scandal, and of course, the candidate’s memoir.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Hampshire Debate Recap

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Reihan Salam, columnist for The Daily and blogger for National Review Online, discusses what we learned in the first Republican debate last night.

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The Takeaway

Obama Visits Puerto Rico, But Speaks to Floridians

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

President Obama is touring San Juan, Puerto Rico, today as the first sitting president to make an official state visit to the island commonwealth in 50 years. He is making good on a promise he made while campaigning for the primaries in 2008. But he is also reaching out to constituents — while commonwealth Puerto Ricans can't vote in general elections, the growing population of Puerto Ricans living in Florida could be a deciding factor in swinging the sunshine state in 2012.

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It's A Free Country ®

Herman Cain Joins Protest Against RGGI Cap-and-Trade

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

It was hot at Ground Zero. A rally was scheduled to begin at noon, the exact moment that the sun would finish climbing over the skyscrapers and flush out the shade. Inside the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan, officials with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inititative (RGGI, or "Reggie") were auctioning off carbon permits—the price for businesses to release CO2 into the atmosphere

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The Takeaway

Rick Santorum Launches 2012 Presidential Campaign

Monday, June 06, 2011

Former Senator Rick Santorum formerly announced that he will be running for president. Since the Tea Party movement is about spending and the size of government, Santorum is stepping in to claim the social issue territory. "What he hopes to bring to the race is a filling of the void on conservative social issues like gay marriage and abortion," says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. What does this mean for the Republican lineup? Todd Zwillich has the answers.

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The Takeaway

Palin to Embark on 'One Nation' Bus Tour

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sarah Palin has announced that she'll be spending her Memorial Day weekend on a bus tour along the East Coast. The high-profile announcement comes as speculation that the former Alaska Governor will enter the field for the 2012 Republican nomination increases. Jordan Fabian, staff writer for The Hill helps us shed some light on the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate's future intentions.

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The Takeaway

Democrat Kathy Hochul Wins New York's 26th District Seat

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Democrat Kathy Hochul will be representing New York’s 26th congressional district in Congress. The Erie County clerk won in a special election Tuesday defeating Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R) and businessman Jack Davis, who was running under the banner of the Tea Party. New York's 26th District — formerly represented by Rep. Chris Lee (R), who resigned after a shirtless picture appeared on the Internet — is economically struggling, and has an older electorate than the national average. Democrats have called the election a "referendum" on Paul Ryan's plan to reform Medicare.

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The Takeaway

GOP and Newt Gingrich Part Ways on Budget

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top members of the GOP and Newt Gingrich are trading barbs after Gingrich criticized the Paul Ryan budget. After Donald Trump's announcement that he wouldn't run, Gingrich may be one of the most bankable presidential candidates for Republicans, but is he already burning bridges? Newt Gingrich said about Paul Ryan's proposal: “I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions... I'm against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.” The reaction, says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich was swift and heavy, with conservatives saying Gingrich undermined House Republicans.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Romney's Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, discusses Mitt Romney's health care record in Massachusetts and how it will factor into the 2012 race.

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The Takeaway

Newt Gingrich Readies Presidential Bid

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

He's got a website, an exploratory committee and a history of leadership; can Newt Gingrich become the next president? The former speaker of the house has officially entered the race. With analysis is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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It's A Free Country ®

Watch: The First Republican Presidential Debate of 2011

Thursday, May 05, 2011

On May 5th, 2011, five Republican presidential hopefuls gathered in Greenville, South Carolina for the first of an excruciating number of debates in the 2012 campaign cycle.

The Takeaway

Favored GOP Candidates Skip First Presidential Debate

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The first Republican Presidential Debate is tonight in Greenville, South Carolina. But few of the GOP’s leading contenders will be there. Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich are all opting out of the debate. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley warned that Republican candidates who ignore South Carolina do so at their own peril. "Anyone that discounts South Carolina is making a huge mistake," Governor Haley told Fox News.

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The Takeaway

Obama Campaigns Again for Youth Vote

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was hard to tell who was more lucky last night: President Barack Obama being at a show with The Roots or The Roots being at a show with the president. But it wasn't luck that made it happen; President Obama's attendance at their concert follows a recent talk before Facebook nation at their headquarters in Palo Alto, and a speech on the economy at George Washington University. These appearances, plus the launch of Gen44, is an attempt by the President to reach out to America's youth — a key demographic that helped him secure his victory in 2008. We talk with Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's politics website, It's a Free Country.

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Then and Now: Obama Acknowledges Lost Luster

Thursday, April 28, 2011

As he launches his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama is looking to get his legions of supporters fired up again – and his pitch includes acknowledging that two years of governing may have snuffed out some of that passion. Here's a look back at the rhetoric then and now - to see what's changed.

 

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It's A Free Country ®

Haley Barbour Bows Out of Presidential Run

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mississippi's Gov. Haley Barbour has decided against a run for the GOP nomination in 2012.

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