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Spotlight on Newt Gingrich in Next GOP Debate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Republican candidates will debate again tonight on foreign policy. But this time around, Newt Gingrich is leading in the polls. It's a major comeback for Gingrich who started out ahead and took a heavy hit early on. He's now doing one percentage point better than former front-runner Mitt Romney. But is this just a passing trend? Or is he now a serious contender? 

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry's 'Oops' Moment and the GOP Debate

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates met for another debate last night in Rochester, Michigan. Herman Cain was in the hot seat over accusations of sexual harassment from four women. But the crowd was supportive as he tried move on from the many allegations which were made against him this week. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who had entered the debate hoping to get his campaign back on track, suffered the night's worst humiliation when he asserted that he would abolish three federal agencies, but failed to remember the third.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Debate Immigration and Other Issues in Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Republican presidential contenders took their latest debate to Las Vegas on Tuesday night, where they discussed immigration, health care, and the economy. The debate was tense at times as Rick Perry tried to regain his momentum, and Mitt Romney defended his Massachusetts health plan. Candidates also briefly weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Did Herman Cain prove to be a viable opponent to Mitt Romney? And did Rick Perry help his chances, or further sink his campaign?

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: GOP Debate, Dems Vegas Summit, Housing Numbers

Monday, October 17, 2011

Republicans will hold their next debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday. Maggie Haberman, senior political writer for Politico thinks this is a make or break moment for Rick Perry. "If Perry has a bad performance," Haberman said, "it'll be virtually impossible for him to come back." Herman Cain's performance will also be closely watched as he is running very high right in the polls now. If Perry falters, could Cain be a valid challenger to Romney? In response to the GOP's debate, Democrats began their Project New West summit on Sunday, also in Vegas.

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The Takeaway

Is Social Security a 'Ponzi Scheme'?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry branded Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" and "a monstrous lie" during last week's Republican debate in California. Traditionally, Social Security is usually a topic candidates shy away from, out of fear of losing the support of elderly voters. Perry's fellow candidates used his statements as ammunition against him during last night's Tea Party-sponsored debate.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Obama's Jobs Tour, First Tea Party Debate

Monday, September 12, 2011

President Barack Obama continues his jobs tour this week, with stops in Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., rallying support for his jobs plan. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak at a conference on regulation of systemic risk on Thursday, five days before the Federal Open Market Committee begins its meetings next week. Tonight, is the first Tea Party debate, which GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are expected to attend. And Anthony Weiner's old Congressional seat in New York's ninth district is up for grabs in a special election tomorrow.

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The Takeaway

Should the War on Terror End?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes, flying two into the Wold Trade Center towers and one into the Pentagon. The day will forever be known simply as 9/11. Ten years later, America has become involved in two overseas wars, the assassination of Osama bin Laden, and the spread of revolution through the Arab world. Is it time to finally end the "War on Terror"?

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: Advice to GOP Debaters - You Can't Run on 'No'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You'd think the Republicans would be smiling. The economy shows no signs of turning by the 2012 election, a bad sign for any incumbent. The GOP caucus in the Capitol has ensured that Democrats can't govern effectively, giving the president very little to run on in his re-election bid. And Obama is ...

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The Takeaway

Obama Urges Compromise in Debt Talks

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama stood before the nation and pleaded with Congress to come to an agreement as soon as possible, in a prime-time speech to the American public last night. "We can't allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington's political warfare," he said. House Speaker John Boehner immediately followed Obama's speech with his response, agreeing that the debate needs to be resolved, but urging Obama to sign on to the Republican proposal to raise the debt limit.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Spar at Presidential Debate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates squared off last night in New Hampshire. It wasn’t the first debate – South Carolina beat the state to the punch. But it was the first one with former Massachusetts governor and front-runner Mitt Romney on stage, and a litmus test for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: GOP Debate, Economy, Netroots

Monday, June 13, 2011

The GOP will see it's first major debate with all its prominent players in New Hampshire today. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are all expected to participate. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, is most interested in how Bachmann and Santorum try to "out-conservative" each other to gain the following of those who don't support Mitt Romney. A topic that will surely be a key part of the debate will be the poor state of the economy. A set of key economic indicators is set to be released this week. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, is expecting retail sales to fall, and a stock market finishing down for six weeks in a row is certainly not helping either. 

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WQXR Features

Classical Music Declared 'Relevant' in Cambridge Debate

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Cambridge Union Society was recently host to a debate on the issue, “classical music is irrelevant to today's youth.” One side argued that the art form isn't interactive or diverse; the other said it could spark a deep emotional response.

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WNYC News

The Spin: a Madam's Notes, a Goldwater Democrat

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

When the candidates left the stage, the real debate began. Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Carl Paladino walked off stage and sent surrogates to spin reporters after the 90-minute debate at Hofstra University.

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WNYC News

Outside Debate, Paladino’s Ground Game Missing

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cuomo signs helped an army of trade union supporters find their way to the gates of Hoffstra, and they were some of the only signs to be found.

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WNYC News

Gillibrand, DioGuardi Square Off in First Debate of Senate Campaign

Friday, October 15, 2010

From health care, to tax cuts, to foreign policy, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Joe DioGuardi, found little to agree on in their first debate of the campaign, at WABC-TV's studios on Friday afternoon.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Debates; Foreclosures and Economic Indicators

Monday, October 11, 2010

Every Monday, we take a look at the big stories in the week ahead. This week's Agenda, covers foreclosures, midterm elections, calls for UN peace keepers in  Sudan and the Nobel Prize in Economics.

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It's A Free Country ®

Common Ground Chat: The Tea Party

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome to what we hope will be a polarization-busting chat - our attempt to find some common ground around some common issues. We're inviting anyone from anywhere on the political spectrum to get out of their silos and chat directly with others about the proposition "True or False: The Tea Party Is Good For America."

Here's how it works: we'll pair two chatters at a time for five minutes each pair, giving each a chance to state their case around a specific aspect of this topic. They'll have ample room to disagree but also a chance to say if they heard each other and learned anything new. Then, others may chime in too, and a new pairing will begin. Our very own Brian Lehrer will moderate - read, argue, listen, maybe change some minds or find some common ground.

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The Takeaway

California Political Rivals Face Off in Debates

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The California governor's race kicked off last night in the first of three debates. Billionaire political novice Meg Whitman, a Republican, faced off against her Democratic rival, former governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown. 

Bruce Cain, professor of political science at U.C. Berkeley, joins us for some post debate analysis. He'll also preview tonight's debate in California's other closely watched race, the Senate contest between incumbent Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina.

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The Empire

'You Sound Like My Designee'

Friday, September 03, 2010

If there's any affection between Rep. Charlie Rangel and any of the candidates looking to oust him, I'd say it's Vince Morgan.

In his closing statement at a recent debate, Morgan - who once worked for Rangel - says "I know you've done a good job in certain respects but we need someone who is going to carry on at this point in your career, this hard work that you've done."

At the end of the clip - posted on YouTube by Morgan's campaign - you can hear Rangel say, "You sound like my designee."

You can basically line up the field of candidates in this race based on their relationship to the incumbent:

Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV: his dad was ousted by Rangel, and he's running as a repudiation of Rangel's positions that Powell says are not in sync with the White House (mostly on the war). Powell often invokes Obama's name in an attempt to show the wedge that sometimes exists between Rangel and the president.

Jonathan Tasini: the labor activist agrees with Rangel's nuanced position on the war (Range wants to reinstate the draft as a protest maneuver), but Tasini blames Rangel's votes on NAFTA and other trade and real estate deals for gentrifying the district. Tasini is also seeking to tie Rangel's ethical woes into a larger conversation about why Washington hasn't been responsive to the neediest people in the district.

Joyce Johnson: a business entrepreneur who has sought to get above the fray of the bitter fighting on the campaign trail. She's reserved judgment on key issues, like the war, saying she'll learn more about it from experts once in office. She's also had a lukewarm assessment of how the stimulus package has impacted New York. The goal, it appears, is to appear pragmatic, positive, and act as a receptacle of votes for everyone turned off by the Rangel-Powell slugfest.

Vince Morgan: as the head of a local small business association, he's often talking about the economy and job creation. He's also made direct reference to the district's changing demographics over the last four decades, and argued that he reflects today's Harlem better than Rangel. Morgan's small-business focus is, in many ways, the opposite of Tasini's more traditional progressive agenda. Morgan has also painted Rangel as someone who's career has come to a natural end, not someone who's tenure needs to be immediately reversed.

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Saujani Slams Maloney for Declining Debate Invite

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

WNYC

Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani has produced a Web video slamming Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney for declining an invitation to debate.

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