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The Obama Reelection Playbook: Lessons From Harold Washington

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

He had defied expectations and won an election by registering scores of new voters inspired by the possibility of electing a black leader. In office, he tried to govern above the fray but faced bruising opposition that brought his agenda to a halt. It was 25 years ago in Chicago, and the candidate was named Harold Washington.

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Opinion: The 'Disgraceful' Blackness of Barack Obama

Monday, April 09, 2012

It’s clear from both context and content that Obama’s statement about Trayvon Martin's death wasn’t some kind of call to arms on race: It was a heartfelt and impulsive reaction of empathy.

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Obama vs. the Supreme Court: US Attorney General Issues Memo

Friday, April 06, 2012

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo, assuring the Supreme Court that President Obama respects the authority of the court to overturn federal laws they find unconstitutional. This memo came after Republican challengers to the Affordable Care Act accused the President of pressuring the Court during deliberations. We discuss the controversy with Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law at George Washington University, and Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent.

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President Obama Versus Mitt Romney: The Battle is On

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday President Obama criticized his likely general election opponent Mitt Romney by linking Romney to the latest Republican budget plan. As the likelihood of Romney's GOP nomination increases, the attack lines are beginning to be unveiled. For a look ahead at what we can expect in the general election, we're joined by Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.

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Nocera: Weighing the Pros, Cons of Obama's Bipartisan JOBS Act

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This week, President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, cutting regulations that supporters say prevent companies from growing but critics say provide crucial investor protection.

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Excerpt: "Rebuild the Dream"

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

In his newest book, Rebuild the Dream, green economy pioneer Van Jones reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider, shares intimate details of his time in government, and provides a blueprint to reinvent the American Dream. Along the way, he contrasts the structure and rhetoric of the 2008 Obama campaign, the Tea Party movement and Occupy Wall Street. Below are his thoughts on cheap patriots versus deep patriots, and the way forward to reclaim, reinvent, and renew the American Dream. You can order the book here.

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Bracket | Most Fashionable Politicos

Monday, April 02, 2012

We've picked sixteen fashionable politicians; it's up to you to decide who's the best-dressed.

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Obama: End Tax Breaks for Big Oil

Thursday, March 29, 2012

President Barack Obama says Americans are getting hit twice - once at the gas pump, and once more by sending billions of dollars in tax subsidies to oil companies.

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Obama vs. SCOTUS: Learning from FDR's Court Comeback

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It was 1936, and it had been a difficult few years for President Franklin Roosevelt at the Supreme Court. Congress moved quickly to pass Roosevelt’s New Deal agenda, and the nine justices ruled swiftly to throw much of it out.

“No Supreme Court in history had ever struck down so many laws so quickly,” Jeff Shesol wrote in his 2010 book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. “Between 1933 and 1936, the Court overturned acts of Congress at ten times the traditional rate.” 

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Opinion: Obama's Self-Serving Budget Plan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

President Obama's budget shows him to be the same sort of self-serving Washington politician that have gotten us in the mess we're in now.

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Opinion: Voting in America is a Privilege, Not a Right

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You need to show ID when you go to the bar. Why not when you go to the polls?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Obama Question

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gary Dorrien offers a critique of Barack Obama's presidency and argues that progressives should not give up on Obama even though many have been critical of his time in office. In The Obama Question, Dorrien contends that Obama’s achievements have too often been discounted.

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Opinion: Shootings Prompt Same Question: What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In this election, where the economy looms largest, and Iran is puffed up to me the international bogeyman, most candidates have something in common with most Americans: they'd rather not discuss Afghanistan.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Says He Talked About City, Golf During Private Lunch With Obama

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave few details about his recent private meal with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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David Sanger on Obama's Press Conference and Iranian Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 07, 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, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times and contributor to WNYC, talked about President Obama's press conference and how the U.S. plans to confront Iran.

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Opinion: Super Tuesday Results Clear, but GOP Still Super Confusing

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The Republican party wants to squander the chance to win this election by keeping up their circular firing squad, and listening to advice from train wrecks like Sarah Palin.

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President Obama to Meet With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Monday, March 05, 2012

At this weekend's conference of the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee, President Barack Obama reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Israel's security. During his remarks to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the President restated that, with regards to ensuring Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, all options are on the table. The President also said sanctions and diplomacy should be given a chance before further action is taken. Later today, the President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be the latest installment in what has been an uneasy relationship between the two leaders.

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Obama Arrives in NYC for Fundraising Blitz

Thursday, March 01, 2012

President Barack Obama switched into campaign mode Thursday night. The president hit four high-dollar fundraisers in Manhattan, after discussing the economy in New Hampshire in the afternoon.

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Deepak Chopra: Fundraising for Obama to Counter 'Jingoistic' GOP

Thursday, March 01, 2012

"My observation of the Republican primary campaign is that it has pandered to the ultra-ideologues in the political arena. It has also made the whole atmosphere really jingoistic," Chopra said. 

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Opinion: Why Romney's Michigan Scare is Great for Obama

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ultimately the Republicans have probably lost Michigan with their anti-government and anti-auto industry bailout rants, which is particularly meaningful as Michigan has been tracking Republican.

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