The Takeaway

Is America Becoming More Conservative?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In a major upset on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to an unknown Tea Party challenger. It raises the question: What is the political direction of America? Are we in fact becoming more conservative as elections like these might suggest?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The Thatcher legacy

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Is Sheldon Adelson?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Forbes managing editor, Bruce Upbin and Jane Eisner, editor of The Jewish Daily Forward, talk about casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, in light of his support for Newt Gingrich and other conservative causes. 

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The Takeaway

Social Conservatives Still Looking for a Candidate in Iowa

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

With less than a month until the Iowa Caucus, social conservatives still do not have a clear choice for in the GOP primary. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have been leading in polls, but both candidates have come under fire for their lack of conservative bona-fides. And as for Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry it's an open question whether they can gather enough conservative voters to pull a win. To make matters worse the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition has declined to endorse any candidate. What is a social conservative to do?

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The Takeaway

Federal Reserve Finds Increased Criticism on the Right

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Texas governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry is not backing down from his threat against Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve. At an event in Iowa on Monday, Perry said that it would be treason if the Fed were to print more money. The Federal Reserve is no stranger from receiving criticism, but where left-wing politicians were formerly it's biggest critics, more recently conservatives like Ron Paul have been lashing out against the Fed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones Follow-Up: Gay Conservatives

Thursday, May 12, 2011

In our interview with Andrew Breitbart yesterday, he asserted that there is a significant gay conservative vote. Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, an organization Breitbart is affiliated with, discusses his organizations work and the balance between social and fiscal issues within the GOP. Are you a gay conservative? How did you arrive at your political philosophy? Let us know!

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The Takeaway

A 'Common' Misunderstanding

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Michelle Obama is hosting a poetry program tonight at the White House, and her guest will be hop-hop artist, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known as, Common. Many conservatives are outraged by this decision, Fox News called the rapper, "vile." Conservatives are pointing to a set of lyrics from Common's "A Letter to the Law," where he says:"With that happening, why they messing with Saddam? Burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button. Killing over oil and grease, no weapons of destruction."

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It's A Free Country ®

The Federal Budget Battle Continues

Monday, April 18, 2011

People have focused on how far apart the President and Paul Ryan are, but we suddenly are leaving this realm of shadow boxing and kabuki theater of debating the budget and talking about the real things we'd have to do, the real visions for getting us off this high debt path.

Reihan Salam, National Review contributor, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Impact of CPAC 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

A potential presidential candidate doesn't go to CPAC because they want to win the straw poll, they want to go there because you get 11,000 or so conservative activists in one place and hopefully you give a barn burner of a speech and then some chunk of that 11,000 comes out and says, I really like that guy.

Jim Geraghty, columnist and blogger for the National Review on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Checking in on CPAC

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jim Geraghty, columnist and blogger for the National Review, and C. Claudio Simpkins, conservative political commentator and guest-blogger for It's A Free Country, talk about what they saw at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.

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It's A Free Blog

It's a Family Affair

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The worst part about the conservative rift within CPAC is the public way in which it has been handled. It's the information age, of course, and everyone wants to have their name mentioned as often as possible. Still, watching Heritage Foundation skip CPAC is like hearing mom and dad fight. It's not my fault, is it? The liberal glee over the whole thing is really annoying. Their coalition is held together by the loosest of principles and yet we've become mockable for falling out on one issue, an issue that divides Democrats just the same (let's not forget Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, and any other serious presidential candidate of both parties also oppose gay marriage).

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It's A Free Blog

Some Conservatives More Equal Than Others? Think Again

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In the recent brouhaha over the gay group GOProud being included in the "participating organizations" for CPAC, and the resulting boycott by some social conservative groups and politicians, the idea that "conservatives don't *do* identity politics in this way" just can't be counted as a legitimate reason. I understand the wish to make it not so, but the "we don't do identity politics" ship sailed a long time ago.

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Studio 360

Tea Party Troubadours

Friday, October 29, 2010

Who says protest songs are just for liberals? Chris Cassone, a right-wing Woody Guthrie, and MC Hi-Caliber, aka Mr. Conservative, have a beef with the government. They're channeling their frustrations into their music and bugging liberals in the process. Produced by Studio 360's

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Billionaire Brothers

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer discusses Charles and David Koch, billionaire brothers who are waging a war against President Barack Obama. They have donated more than $100 million to right-wing causes; including the Tea Party. Her article “Covert Operations” appears in the August 30 issue of the New Yorker.

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Texas Curriculum Swings Right

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Texas State Board of Education adopted new social studies and history guidelines Friday for classrooms in an ideological debate over academic standards that has drawn intense scrutiny.


The Takeaway

Tea Party Express Arrives in Washington, DC

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today is tax day. (So go mail in your paperwork or file for an automatic extension, folks.) It's no surprise that today is the day Tea Party activists have chosen to rally, across the country, against what they call, unnecessary government largess. There will be hundreds of small rallies in cities from Walla Walla, Wash. to Niceville, Fla. They are all loosely related to the Tea Party Express, which arrives in Washington, D.C. at 11:00 a.m., revved up after a speech from Sarah Palin in Boston yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Is the Tea Party Defining the Future of the GOP?

Friday, March 26, 2010

For the past year, conservatives have coalesced around the number one enemy: health care reform. But now that it's over, we explore what’s next for the GOP. The Tea Party Express III kicks off this weekend and some wonder if that's the future of the Republican party. Is it still possible to be a moderate Republican?


The Takeaway

Ron Paul on the Tea Party Convention

Friday, February 05, 2010

Right now the center of attention for politically frustrated conservatives is Nashville, Tenn., as the Tea Party Convention rolls on to day two. But back in 2008, the Ron Paul for President campaign was the magnet of libertarians who felt left out of their party. We ask the Texas Congressman what he thinks of the Tea Parties, and what future he sees for them. 

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The Takeaway

Tea Party Convention Kicks Off

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Tea Party movement has become catch all for anti-Obama and anti-big government ire. But organizers of the first ever Tea Party Convention are finding that not all Tea Partiers want to be under one umbrella, and they certainly don't want to take marching orders from the Republican Party.  

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Studio 360

Conservative Folk

Friday, October 03, 2008

1960s protest music wasn’t only for championing left-wing causes. A segment of the folk movement came out in praise of Barry Goldwater and warned against the evils of communism. Richard Paul investigates the right side of folk music.

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