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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Power Struggles

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, to discuss the "power-sharing" agreement among the Democratic caucus in Albany, and the effect it will have on key legislation.

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The Takeaway

What's the Difference Between a Caucus and a Primary?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

On Tuesday, Colorado and Minnesota will hold their Republican caucuses, either confirming or casting doubt onto Mitt Romney's lead. But why some states hold caucuses instead of primaries — or in the case of Missouri, use both — in order to determine how many delegates they'll send to a party's national convention is largely a matter of taste.

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Iowa Caucuses Set to Begin

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

After months of campaigning, 13 debates, and an unprecedented $12.5 million spent, Iowa voters will gather at caucus sites across the state Tuesday night in the first contest of the GOP presidential nomination race. Scores of voters remain undecided, as many as 41 percent in recent polls. Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney told an audience Monday, "We're going to win this thing." But Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are also mopping up in polls.

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The Week's Agenda: Iowa Caucus

Monday, January 02, 2012

The first week of the new year holds a lot of potential change. The widely-hyped Iowa caucuses will be held Tuesday. The same day Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet in Jordan to revive peace talks. And four Nigerian states declared a state of emergency.

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The Takeaway

GOP Debate in Des Moines

Monday, December 12, 2011

In Iowa the final sprint for the 2012 Republican presidential candidates has begun, with the state's all-important January 3 caucuses drawing near. On Saturday, all of the major Republican contenders, minus former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, took center stage at Drake University for a Des Moines debate. Surging frontrunner Newt Gingrich found himself fending off attacks from all sides throughout the night, while Mitt Romney may have left the lasting impression by offering Rick Perry a $10,000 bet, mid-debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scheduling the Primaries and the Caucuses

Monday, October 10, 2011

Josh Putnam, an assistant professor at Davidson College who studies presidential primaries and writes the blog FrontloadingHQ, discusses how states are deciding when to schedule presidential primaries and party caucuses, and how the schedule determines the candidates who get into the race.

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This Week's Agenda: Wall Street Protests, Jobs Bill, Ben Bernanke

Monday, October 03, 2011

The New York police department arrested over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters Saturday, for allegedly walking across the Brooklyn Bridge's roadway, instead of using the pedestrian path. Now in its third week, the movement has spread to other cities around the nation. Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to testify before Congress tomorrow on the economic outlook for the country, and unemployment figures are set to be released Friday, as President Obama continues to push his jobs bill. And Nevada has moved its caucus date back, ahead of Florida's, which will likely affect the race for the Republican nomination.

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