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Opinion: Obama Out of Touch on 'Private Sector Just Fine'

Monday, June 11, 2012

The economy isn't doing well and our president has shown deep enough concern for this fact that he... held a press conference and talked about it a lot.

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Obama or Romney: Who Raised More Money From Small Donors?

Friday, June 08, 2012

Mitt Romney may have out-raised Barack Obama in May, but both camps are still jawing over another prize: small donors.

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Opinion: How Should Progressives Handle Wisconsin Loss? Take Cues from GOP

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Even when they lose a race, conservatives get right back to promoting the ideas their losing candidate ran on. Progressives should do the same post-Wisconsin.

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Unemployment Falls in Auto Industry Swing States

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Did the auto industry bailout work? New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest it did, with unemployment rates dropping faster than the national average, due in part to jobs created by the auto industry. This could be the push President Obama needs to stay on top until November, but as the rest of the country continues to struggle, it might not be time to raise the victory flag quite yet.

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Opinion: Why the Job Numbers Aren't As Bad as You Think

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The worst thing that can happen is for people to just up and quit looking for work. It's not a big change, but seeing the labor participation rate go up from 63.6 percent to 63.8 percent is a small step in the right direction.

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Opinion: Obama's on Shaky Ground With Crucial Constituencies

Monday, June 04, 2012

The President should be concerned about recent polling that shows his rival gaining ground among the same groups that elected him in 2008.

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Opinion: Bill Clinton and Cory Booker are Right About Bain

Monday, June 04, 2012

The former President and the Mayor of Newark were both critical of Obama's attack ads against Romney. Democrats should listen up if they want to attract swing voters in November.

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WNYC News

Obama, Clinton Headline Trio of City Fundraisers

Monday, June 04, 2012

President Barack Obama is getting a little help from former President Bill Clinton at a trio of campaign fundraisers in New York.

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Gearing Up for General Election, Romney and Obama Race to Define Their Campaigns

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Right now, we’re at the crucial phase in the general election season where both leading candidates for president are looking to define themselves and the presidential race before their opponent does it for them. So where do we stand on presidential campaign definitions? Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, break it down.

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Four Years After Obama, Racial Attitudes Still Predict Votes

Friday, May 25, 2012

Race has played a major factor in these predominately white rural counties. Since the 2008 election, political scientists have been working to measure how racial attitudes are linked to voting, and when it comes to Obama, the data spikes.

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After Obama Endorsement, Fewer Republicans Support Gay Marriage

Thursday, May 24, 2012

After President Obama announced his personal support for legalizing gay marriage earlier this month, much of the attention has focused on how this has moved the opinions of minorities his way. A poll this week shows Republican support for gay marriage has also moved since, but it has gone the other way.   

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Explainer: If Oil Production Increased, Why Aren't Republicans Gassed?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A June auction of over 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for drilling may look nice on the President's energy résumé, but leaves oil companies and Republicans wanting more.

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Opinion: Why Stop at 'Black Metrosexual Abraham Lincoln'?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Catching Up on the Campaign with Todd Zwillich

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

President Obama has come out swinging on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. As the NATO Summit came to a close on Monday, President Obama defined the presidential election in terms of his economic vision for the country compared to Mitt Romney’s. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to answer: Where does the campaign go from here?

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Opinion: Are All Civil Liberties Created Equal?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Many politicians, from Mayor Bloomberg to President Obama, want to have it both ways on civil liberties: Loosening restrictions on same-sex marriage, while pushing the limits of constitutionality on crime and terrorism.

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Evidence Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance Won't Cost Him the Latino Vote

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The president’s marriage equality stance seems to have energized immigration activists, especially young Latino voters who have built an alliance with gay activists on pushing for immigration reform.

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Opinions: Dems Want it Both Ways on 'Dirty' Money

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Like with so many other things, the Democrats like to pretend like they have some kind of higher ground because they see the Republicans as worse, when really all they are is bought and paid for by different special interests who's pockets aren't quite as deep.

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Obama Tells Barnard Women to Lead

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In a campaign season punctuated by debates over women’s issues – from reproductive health to what defines “work,” the choice to speak at Barnard is seen as symbolic by supporters and opponents alike.

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The Empire

This Week in Politics: Presidential Visit, Polls and Pedro Espada

Friday, May 11, 2012

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch New Yorkers.

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On Week of Obama's Gay Marriage Switch, Who Fared Better—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, May 11, 2012

When President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, Cuomo applauded while Christie dug in.

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