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Obama's Ex-Car Czar Defends Romney, Bain From GOP Attacks

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Steven Rattner, the Wall Street financier who oversaw the Obama Administration's successful rescues of General Motors and Chrysler, now comes to the aid of some other beleaguered members of corporate America — Mitt Romney in his former role as a private-equity CEO, and Bain Capital, the company the Republican presidential candidate once ran.

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Open Phones: Hillary for (Vice) President 2012?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Democrats, do you want a do-over of the 2008 primary? Are you having doubts about your front runner? Some have been playing a fantasy politics game, imagining a bigger role for Hillary Clinton in 2012. Call us with your thoughts. 212-433-WNYC

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GOP Candidates Laud Bachmann, Who Departs Without Endorsing A Former Rival

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Several former rivals of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were quick to applaud the now-suspended campaign run by the only woman to have sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In ending her own bid for the White House, Bachmann did not offer a specific endorsement.

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Rick Perry To Reassess Bid After Loss In Iowa

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Texas governor said he's returning home to determine whether there is a path forward for his Republican presidential campaign. He got 10 percent of the vote and finished fifth in the caucuses, the opening contest to pick a challenger to President Obama.

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2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.

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Gingrich Ballot Stumble In Virginia Could Be Sign Of Delegate Fight Ahead

Monday, December 26, 2011

Newt Gingrich's campaign likened his failure to make the Virginia ballot to Pearl Harbor and vowed to find "alternate methods" to compete for the state's 49 delegates.

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Negative Ads Hammer Positive Gingrich Campaign

Monday, December 19, 2011

Polls show that Newt Gingrich's once-sizable lead in Iowa has collapsed over the past couple of weeks. During that time, rivals have been hitting the former House speaker hard with negative ads, but Gingrich say's he'll stick with his pledge to remain positive.

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Palestinians Bristle At Gingrich Comments

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict invariably comes up in U.S. presidential politics. Now, Republican candidate Newt Gingrich has drawn the ire of Palestinians by calling them "an invented people."

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'Newt-Romney' Dominates Iowa Debate

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The rivalry between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took on a life of its own as they squared off Saturday night. The jabs even got personal. The sparring was expected between the GOP candidates — the top two in most polls — as each hopes to win the upcoming Iowa caucuses.

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As Candidates Decline, Will Trump Moderate A Debate? 'Don't Know,' He Says

Friday, December 09, 2011

Only two contenders — former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum — have agreed to take part.

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Mitt Romney Declines Donald Trump's Debate Invite

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Donald Trump's planned Republican presidential debate lost a major reason for watching it, to see how Mitt Romney would contend with Newt Gingrich, the latest rival to claim frontrunner status. Romney said Tuesday he planned to skip the debate to be moderated by Trump, the TV reality show star and real estate developer.

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Herman Cain's Big Announcement

Saturday, December 03, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has been dogged by allegations that he sexually harassed several women. This week, an Atlanta woman claimed she and Cain had a 13-year affair that ended earlier this year. Now Cain has scheduled an event Saturday afternoon, where he is expected to announce the future of his candidacy. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Don Gonyea.
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Call It 'White House Apprentice:' Donald Trump Will Moderate GOP Debate

Friday, December 02, 2011

If you were sitting around watching the Republican presidential debates saying to yourself, "Hmmm, you know, these would be a whole lot more interesting if Donald Trump were moderating," you're in luck. Because he will be asking the questions, at least at one debate.

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In Fox Interview, Cain Says He'll Decide Campaign's Future In Next Week

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Herman Cain says he can't guarantee that more women won't come forward because he's helped many. People may expect him to drop out, but he says, "That's just not me."

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Political Affairs Now An Open Book

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Allegations of a long-term affair involving Herman Cain offer evidence that presidential candidates can't count on their private lives staying private.

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Herman Cain 'Reassessing' Campaign

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The candidate has told staff that new allegations about an affair (which he denies) have taken a toll on his family. And while he plans to keep campaigning, he's also "reassessing" the effort.

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Woman Claims 13-Year Affair With Herman Cain; He Denies It

Monday, November 28, 2011

The accuser tells an Atlanta TV station that she had a physical relationship with the Republican presidential candidate for 13 years. Cain says that while the accuser was a "friend," their relationship was not sexual.

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Even Lawmakers Ask: Does Anyone Like Congress?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Last month, for the first time ever, a CBS-New York Times poll showed Congress' approval rating had plunged to a single digit — 9 percent. And following this week's failure by the supercommittee to agree on a deficit reduction plan, many lawmakers fear that number can only get worse.

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At GOP Security Debate, Gingrich's Tolerance On Immigration Stands Out

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The big theme out of Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington was Newt Gingrich's compassionate tolerance toward illegal immigrants who have put down deep roots in the U.S. That position conflicted with the more hardline views of many conservative voters.

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Herman Cain Has Major 'Oops' Moment On Libya

Monday, November 14, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry move over. You now have company in the brain-fade department after Herman Cain demonstrated a flamboyant confusion over his position on Libya Monday.

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