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CFB Announces NYC Debate Schedule

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The New York City Campaign Finance Board has announced a debate schedule for citywide races.

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Opinion: Romney and Obama Need to Cool their Jets on Iran

Friday, October 26, 2012

In the final presidential debate, both candidates made it clear they will take the country to war, if and when Israel decides that Iran’s nuclear program has reached the critical point.

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The Takeaway

Obama and Romney Debate Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In a recent poll in three battleground states, foreign policy was only the fourth most important factor for voters, ranked below the economy, the deficit, and health care. So did last night's debate change the minds of any independent voters?

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Opinion: I Guess Climate Change is Fixed, Since Neither Campaign is Talking About it

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Obama made a big point in the 2008 campaign of arguing that he didn't want to be a commander-in-chief for the past, but a leader for the future.

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Opinion: Romney Scrambles to Be Obama-lite on Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After the debate, Romney's spin masters, including former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, had a very difficult time after the debate explaining how Romney's foreign policy would be different from Barack Obama's.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama and Romney debate foreign policy

Monday, October 22, 2012

Obama and Romney debate foreign policy

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Opinion: Free Jill Stein, Third Parties

Monday, October 22, 2012

Perspectives that would enlarge our political discussion are blocked from entreating mainstream discourse. When they can't be laughed off, casually dismissed or simply ignored, they get suppressed by police tactics that both major parties condone.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tonight's Foreign Policy Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, explains what to look for in tonight's final presidential debate, which centers on foreign affairs.

 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What will swing the US election?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What will swing the US election?

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Meme Patrol: Buying Mitt's Ladybinders on Amazon

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"As a wife and mother, I LOVE this binder. It keeps me in my place, allows me to get dinner ready on time, AND costs 72 percent of more masculine version!"

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WNYC News

Explainer: Who Attended the Town Hall Debate?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nina Gonzalez was one of the audience members who posed a question at Tuesday’s presidential debate. She was among 100 undecided voters from Nassau County recruited by the Gallup polling agency.

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Schoolbook

Students Use Debate to Master the Issues

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A debate class is using the presidential election to learn not only the craft of good debating but also the policy issues.

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Transportation Nation

Presidential Debate: No Transpo Talk, Just Gas Prices and Oil Production

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the second question in Tuesday night's presidential debate was about gas prices, those hoping for conversation about transportation policy  -- or even the word "transportation -- were disappointed.

And while President Barack Obama once spoke frequently about the need to renew the country's infrastructure, that word also wasn't uttered by either candidate.

But here's what was talked about: a transcript of the conversation shows the word “gas” 30 times.

In response to a question about how much the U.S. can control gas prices, President Obama said: "The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy. So here's what I've done since I've been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it's been in decades." A few moments later, he said that during his administration, "we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you're going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas."

Governor Mitt Romney disputed the president's numbers. "Oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production is down 9 percent," he said, adding that "I'll get America and North America energy-independent. I'll do it by more drilling, more permits and licenses. We're going to bring that pipeline in from Canada." This led to a spirited exchange about domestic oil production.

Later in the debate, the candidates sparred over the auto industry bailout, but during the debate the words “transportation,” “infrastructure” and “transit” weren’t mentioned once.

President Obama did use a “bus driver” as a salary example during a tax policy question; he also said he’d take the money the country has been spending on war and “rebuild America — roads, bridges, schools.”

No matter what their commitment to transit, one thing is certain: one of these men will be gracing a D.C. fare card in January.

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Opinion: You Might Not Like it, But at Least Obama Has a Real Economic Plan

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

By contrast, if you elect Romney, you have no idea what you're going to get.

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Opinion: In all Four Critical Ways, Obama Won the Town Hall Debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The second Presidential debate was a very animated event. The wireless mike walk around format allowed both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to get close to voters as they asked questions and also got into each other’s space and face. Town Hall meetings are not supposed to be “mano a ...

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Before Debate, Economic Anxieties and Little Party Loyalty on Long Island

Monday, October 15, 2012

Most Long Islanders reported they’d selected their man—but their party registration had little to do with it.

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Opinion: Obama Needs to Pop His Own Bubble in Second Debate

Monday, October 15, 2012

We need him to tell us, his bosses, how he's been doing at his job.

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Opinion: How Obama Can Turn the Libya Conversation Around

Monday, October 15, 2012

By not changing the narrative of the attack against the US consulate in Benghazi the Democrats have shown remarkable political naïveté and disorganization.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Barcalounger Edition

Saturday, October 13, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and special guest Jacob Weisberg discuss the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s surge in the polls, and affirmative action back at the Supreme Court.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Joe Biden on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2007

Friday, October 12, 2012

Having watched Vice President Joe Biden debate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan last night (you can hear Andy Borowitz's take on the night here), we thought we'd post the audio from Leonard's 2007 conversation with then-Senator Joe Biden. He doesn't call Leonard his friend, but he does call him a wise guy.

Joe Biden on the Lopate Show in 2007

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