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Black Mormons on This Year's Presidential Election

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whether you love or hate politics, it’s hard to deny that when it comes to identity and culture, this year’s presidential election is truly historic. The incumbent is, of course, half black and thus, a racial minority. The challenger is Mormon, and thus, a religious minority. What if you’re one of the one million Americans who is both black and Mormon? How does identity factor in? Two African-American Mormons join us today to share their thoughts.

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Opinion: Obama - Rev. Wright SuperPAC Ad 'Leaked' to Perfection

Monday, May 21, 2012

How about this scenario? The whole thing was a carefully orchestrated drama that rolled out and ended just as it was intended to do. Everyone hit their marks in the studio state and played their role to perfection.

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Opinion: Democrats and Republicans Both Practice 'Fiscal Child Abuse'

Friday, May 11, 2012

The charlatans in office, Obama and the Romney campaign included, are going out of their ways to make the economic futures of their kids significantly worse.

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On The Media

Reaction to Obama's Support of Gay Marriage

Friday, May 11, 2012

Barack Obama made history this week as the first sitting president to support gay marriage and the Republican response to the unprecedented announcement has been relatively quiet. Brooke speaks to NewYorker.com writer Alex Koppelman, who says republicans are playing a game of wait-and-see before deciding how to react.

 

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The Takeaway

Does Obama Support Gay Marriage?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The issue of gay marriage is back in the national spotlight after two high-level members of President Obama’s administration — Vice president Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan — voiced their support for the issue this week. Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, considers the week's happenings and President Obama's vague stance on same-sex marriage. 

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Opinion: Obama Lost the bin Laden High Ground with Romney Attack Ad

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

With this childish attack, camp Obama vomited this absurd speculatory attack at Romney and ceded its some of that high ground.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Health Care Law Today

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law today, kicking off a three-day proceeding. The Affordable Care Act mandates an expansion of health insurance to 30 million more Americans within a decade, as well as for the ire it has roused in Republican lawmakers and citizens, alike. To look ahead to next three days of health care debate and discussion, Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, joins us.

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Explainer: What to Expect at the SCOTUS Hearings, Day 3

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is the big day. The Court turns its attention to the substantive issues. The parties will be arguing whether the Constitution empowers the federal government to require every person to purchase health insurance.

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Health Care in Court: A Primer to the Supreme Court Case

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

As the Supreme Court takes up a challenge to the health care overhaul known as "Obamacare," here's what you need to know about the arguments, the mixed court decisions so far, what the Constitution says and a reading list for more information.

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Race in the 2012 Race: Affirmative Action in Court

Thursday, February 23, 2012

If you think this contraception debate is hot, just wait until affirmative action reenters the public debate in a big way in the weeks before the November election.

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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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Transcript: Obama Releases 2013 Budget

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Monday, President Obama presented a budget for the next ten years that aims at $4 trillion in deficit reduction. Read the prepared remarks below.

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Obama SuperPAC Push: What It Might Mean in NYC

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Obama campaign announced this week that it will encourage the president's supporters to give to the SuperPAC backing his reelection effort, and New York donors will be a prime target. A WNYC analysis of disclosure forms shows Romney's SuperPAC raised 44 times more than Obama's in New York last year.

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Opinion: Obama's Got No Good Options on Energy

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In his State of the Union, the president showed his support for more domestic energy exploration, and while we may have stopped one pipeline, we haven't changed a system that demands us to pipe more oil and natural gas further distances to power our everyday lives.

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The Takeaway

State of the Union Address: Obama on the Economy

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The theme of last night's State of the Union was "an economy built to last." Vowing to protect the middle class and correct economic inequality, President Obama laid out his plans for financial reform: regulating home prices, penalizing banks that participated in the housing crash, imposing the "Buffet rule," and tightening regulations on private equity and Wall Street.

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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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Former Clinton Speechwriter Reacts to Obama's State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

President Obama delivered his third annual State of the Union Address last night. Obama focused primarily on income inequality. Jettisoning his normally conciliatory tone, the president instead highlighted the differences between right and left with impassioned rhetoric. Vowing to protect middle class families with mortgage assistance legislation, he also outlined his plans to institute the "Buffet rule" which would require those making over $1 billion to pay a 30 percent tax rate.

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The Takeaway

GOP Initiates Hispanic Outreach Effort

Thursday, January 19, 2012

George W. Bush made significant gains in attracting Hispanic voters, traditionally a strongly Democratic voting bloc, during his time in office. But those gains disappeared in 2008 when Barack Obama won more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. Despite the unpopularity of his administration's deportation strategy, Latin voters support Obama more than his Republican rivals. Realizing that they are missing a portion of the electorate that continues to grow, the GOP has initiated a Hispanic Outreach Effort for the 2010 election.

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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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WNYC News

Obama Campaign, DNC Returns Corzine Contributions

Friday, December 23, 2011

President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee have returned more than $70,000 in campaign contributions from New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine following the collapse of MF Global, Corzine's financial firm, officials said Friday.

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