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Cincinnati Engineer Sued for Tweet: Do You Fact Check your Tweets?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

It was a case of crime and punishment in the digital age when Cincinnati-based mechanical engineer Mark Miller took to Twitter with a series of politically heated missives about a local municipal project. Upset that the city of Cincinnati, Ohio would be spending money on a new streetcar, Miller sent tweet after tweet about how those efforts were browning out large percentages of fire departments in the city limits. Miller's tweets didn't just incite local debate, they got Miller slapped with a lawsuit, because under an Ohio law, it's illegal to make false statements in political campaigns. There are 17 states with similar laws -- but do those laws still reflect the reality we are living in?

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Obama Campaign Jumps into Fray on Auto Bailout

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. "When a million jobs were on the line...every Republican candidate turned their back," the ad says.

An NBC/Marist poll today shows a healthy  majority of Democrats and Independents support the bailout -- and a not insignificant number of Republicans do.

Michigan Republicans select a candidate next Tuesday -- but the real battleground for Obama is November, where Michigan will be a key swing state.

Michigan voted for Obama in 2008, but in 2010 elections went heavily Republican.

 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Campaigns 'Microtarget' You

Tuesday, February 21, 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, Sasha Issenberg of Slate talks about the different ways campaigns—including the Obama administration—are using data analytics to target their message to voters.  He wrote the piece titled, "Dreamcatcher."

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The Takeaway

Mitt Romney's 59-Point Economic Plan

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In advance of tomorrow night's Republican presidential debate — the second for GOP candidates hoping to run in the 2012 election, and first for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney unveiled a plan to boost economic growth, in a speech yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada. It hasn't seemed to boost his standing yet — a new poll shows Perry in the lead over Romney and other GOP candidates.

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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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What is an Exploratory Committee?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

If you’re thinking about running for federal office, chances are you'll start with an exploratory committee. It’s a cautious-sounding name, and that’s exactly what it is – a precursor to calling yourself  "a candidate" for federal office.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Budget, Election 2012, Middle East

Monday, April 04, 2011

Congress continues to battle over the nation's budget. Could the government be headed for a shutdown? Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, look ahead to the week in news.

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It's A Free Blog

GOP Hopefuls Give Iowa Presidential Pitch

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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The Iowa Caucus is a little less than a year away and some Republicans who are considering a run for president have been spending time in Iowa to test the waters. On Monday night, the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted five likely presidential candidates at the Pointe of Grace Church in Des Moines — and the house was packed.

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The Takeaway

Polling Trends Leading to Election Day

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Pollster describe elections like a horse race for a good reason: leads shrink, grow, and change hands, until at the very end, someone crosses the finish line first, and a winner is crowned.

John Zogby, president and CEO of polling firm Zogby International has been monitoring these changes in the final days leading up to Election Day.

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The Takeaway

With One in Three Voters Still Undecided, A Look at the 'Persuadables'

Thursday, October 28, 2010

With just five days left until mid-term elections, Republicans and Democrats alike going to be making lots phone calls and knocking on lots of doors, trying to reach out and talk to undecided voters — or as they’re called in polling circles, “persuadables.” That little semantic shift that reveals how desirable these voters are and what lengths a campaign will go to in order to get them. 

But who are these persuadables? And what exactly do they need to be persuaded?

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Announces Big Spending Package on Transportation

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's expected announcement of billions of dollars in federal grants for high speed rail today is beginning on a sour note. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that he is stopping construction of an $8.4 billion Hudson River rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York. Citing billions of dollars of expected cost overruns, Christie says his "decision is final." This comes after LaHood made a personal appeal to Christie, and negotiations between the Obama and Christie administrations.

With Republicans running against President Obama's stimulus, an issue that's resonated with voters, LaHood's announcement comes at a questionable time. There will be events in Iowa, Michigan, California. There's also money for Connecticut and Florida. These are all states with close races. How is this going to affect the midterm elections?

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The Takeaway

Outside Groups Spend Big as Elections Approach

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

These mid-term elections are seeing massive amounts of money being raised and spent both left and right, from party committees to outside independent groups — much, much more money than the last mid-term elections in 2006. Over $260 million has been spent by outside groups, who have been able to remain largely anonymous since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, earlier this year. 

But what are contributors expecting in return for their millions of dollars? 

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It's A Free Country ®

Former President Clinton Stumps for Dems in New York

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As Democrats worry about losing seats in the upcoming election, one of their big guns - former President Bill Clinton - is burning up the trail, stumping for candidates around the country. This week, he's back in New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

MST2010 Political Ads

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield, co-hosts of NPR's "On the Media," analyze this year's bumper crop of bizarre campaign ads.

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WNYC News

Michelle Obama Campaigns in New York

Monday, October 18, 2010

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Michelle Obama is coming to the tri-state area today as she continues to stump for Democratic candidates.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Elections, Health Care, and Pakistan

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mid-term elections are just two weeks away, and a frenzy of campaigning from President Obama, First Lady Michelle, and the Tea Party express is about to get underway.

Takeaway managing producer, Noel King, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, explore what's ahead this week as we get close to election day.

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WNYC News

Officials Alarmed by Corporate Spending on Campaigns

Monday, October 04, 2010

Big new streams of corporate money are flowing into political races, and a group of elected officials, mostly from the Democratic Party, says it's a problem.

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On Being

Michael Cromartie and E. J. Dionne — Religion on the Campaign Trail

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Religious pronouncements seem to have become mandatory for the Democratic candidates in this election. Yet it's been easy to deride the resulting sound bites that are widely repeated—such as Howard Dean's proclamation of his favorite book of the New Testa

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Studio 360

Commentary: 2000 Election

Saturday, November 18, 2000

Kurt weighs in on the plot-twisting photo-finish of the presidential election. 

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