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Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Won't Cede Power, Mediators Step In

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

After months of controversy surrounding the election results in Ivory Coast, mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have been sent in to try and resolve the political crisis before it turns violent. Four leaders from the 15-nation ECOWAS talked with incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo yesterday, in hopes of convincing him to cede his presidency to Alassane Ouattara, who won the election last November. 

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway’s 2010 Breakup Quiz

Friday, December 31, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from 2010 about the year that was…the good, the bad, and the ridiculous. Today, our subject is the year’s big breakups, and our guest is author, humorist, and newshound Andy Borowitz. But rather than just talk about or look at the breakups, we’re also inviting listeners to participate and answer a quiz that we’re calling the Takeaway’s 2010 Breakup Quiz.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead from President to Candidate Obama

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How well do we really know our president? All week we’ll be looking at the President Obama that has emerged over the past two years, and what that portends about Barack Obama’s future plans as he seeks re-election in 2012. David Bromowich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, says that when the nation elected Barack Obama, they actually got two presidents, not one.  

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The Takeaway

Haitian Elections in Turmoil

Monday, November 29, 2010

Both voters and candidates are calling yesterday's elections in Haiti invalid, citing widespread fraud. Twelve of the nineteen presidential candidates held a press conference yesterday afternoon calling for the vote to be canceled, and protesters took to the streets after scores of complaints from those whose names did not appear on the rolls at polling stations were unable to vote.

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Transportation Nation

California to Feds: You Gonna Keep That High-Speed Rail Money?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) One of the biggest challenges facing California’s high-speed rail effort is the question of funding: Is there going to be enough of it, available over a long enough period of time, to actually see the project through?

When you’re in that kind of  tenuous situation, it always helps to get an unexpected bonus--and that’s what Golden State politicians are banking on. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, as well as outgoing governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, have all written letters to the Department of  Transportation, urging them to reallocate money rejected by the newly-elected leadership of Ohio and Wisconsin, plus anyone else who might want off the high-speed rail… uh… train.  Money quote:

“It is with a certain sense of astonishment that we note recent announcements from some of our gubernatorial colleagues that they are uninterested in federal contributions to their high-speed rail systems. You are more than welcome to redirect that money to California –- where we know how to use it to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and provide a clean, fast and low-cost way to travel.”

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WNYC News

Control of New York Senate Still Unresolved

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It could be weeks, if not months before its known which party controls the State Senate. Democrats, who are trailing in two of three disputed races, have requested a detailed recount in districts in Buffalo and on Long Island.

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WNYC News

Two Congressional Races in New York Remain Too Close to Call

Monday, November 08, 2010

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The campaign of Long Island Rep. Tim Bishop, a Democrat, is calling for a manual recount of ballots in his contest with Republican Randy Altshuler, while the New York congressional race between Tea Party-backed Republican Ann Buerkle and Rep. Dan Maffei remains too close to call.

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The Takeaway

Fifty Years Since Kennedy Beat Nixon

Monday, November 08, 2010

It was 50 years ago today that a young Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the first 20th-century born President of the United States, defeating incumbent vice-President Richard Nixon.

We remember that historic election with the man who was coordinator of the Civil Rights section of Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, former Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Penn.).

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The Takeaway

Congress: Going Forward, Or into Gridlock?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

President Obama stood before reporters yesterday and addressed the big losses his party suffered in the midterm elections — including the turnover of the House of Representatives to Republicans. Obama accepted blame for not fullfiling voters' needs on the economy. How will the President's agenda now change? And with Republicans in control of Congress, what will their own agenda be? We'll look towards the future of Congress and the president with Peter Baker, chief political correspondent for The New York Times.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Gives Cuomo a Reality Check

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg criss-crossed the country in the runup to the election, endorsing a raft of candidates. Most of them won; in those cases where his picks lost, he was gracious to the winners he'd opposed. As for the governor-elect of New York, whom he also backed, he said Andrew Cuomo's "the man" and would do a great job. But his main message to Cuomo was this: This is Albany, so don't get your hopes up.

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WQXR News

Cuomo Wins Governor's Race, Schumer and Gillibrand Returning to Senate

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won 28 years ago.

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WQXR News

Incumbents Hold All But One House Seat in New Jersey

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

There were a few close House races in New Jersey, but in the end, 12 of the state’s 13 incumbents held on to their seats.

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WNYC News

Connecticut Governor's Race Still Too Close to Call

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Connecticut governor’s race is still too close to call. As of Wednesday morning, unofficial results show Republican Tom Foley leading Democrat Dan Malloy 50 percent to 49 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The difference amounts to just over 11,000 votes.

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Washington State Senate Race Still Too Close to Call

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Senate race in Washington is tight between Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, and her Republican opponent Dino Rossi. Josh Feit, founder and editor of Publicola, a Settle online news site that has been covering this race, and joins us with the latest.

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WNYC News

Incumbents Hold All But One House Seat in New Jersey

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Although there were a few close House races in New Jersey, at the end of the night 12 of the state’s 13 incumbents to the U.S. House still cozily occupy their seats. The only upset was the Tea Party victory in the 3rd District where Jon Runyan, formerly an offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles, defeated Democratic incumbent John Adler.

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WNYC News

Cuomo is New York's Next Governor, Schumer and Gillibrand Returning to Senate

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won twenty-eight years ago. Cuomo easily defeated Carl Paladino, a self financed businessman who promised to take a baseball bat to the state's political establishment. Instead, New Yorkers elected a political veteran with a long Democratic pedigree.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Victory Called as Polls Close

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Polls closed at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night in New York. By 9:01, it was projected that Andrew Cuomo would be the state's next governor.

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WNYC News

Schneiderman Wins New York Attorney General Race

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Democrat Eric Schneiderman won the New York Attorney General's race Tuesday over Republican candidate Dan Donovan with 55 percent of the vote. Schneiderman said his first priority was to restore the public's trust in New York government.

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WNYC News

Fewer Election Day Problems, But New Ballot Still Confuses Voters

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Voting at polling places in New York City seems to be going more smoothly than on Primary Day, when some sites didn't open on time, scanners didn't work and voters complained about lack of privacy. Many said they had no trouble choosing the right candidates on the ballot, despite potentially confusing instructions.

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The Takeaway

3-Way Races Complicate Political Calculus

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Competitive three-way races continue to be a rarity, but the introduction of the Tea Party has increased those numbers this election season. In states where they are taking place, third-time has not proved a charm for political analysts.Instead, it has skewed the numbers and may lead to surprising results in some critical races.

In Alaska, analysts see Tea Party Republican candidate Joe Miller splitting the moderate to liberal Republican vote between incumbent Lisa Murkowski, running as a write-in candidate, and Democrat Scott McAdams. Florida may prove a mirror-image to Alaska's three-way race: Republican Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio polls as the most likely to win the Senate seat, but after a nod from former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Charlie Crist looks set to take some ballots away from Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek.

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