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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Richard Wolffe

Monday, September 16, 2013

MSNBC.com editor Richard Wolffe was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about what happened behind the scenes of Pres. Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He also told us about his love of cooking. Find out what else Richard Wolffe's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Reselling of President Obama

Monday, September 16, 2013

Richard Wolffe talks about the marketers, message-shapers, and ad-makers behind President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. In The Message: The Reselling of President Obama, he describes the challenges—a dismal economy, the faded hopes of the first campaign, and a struggle for money—and how the campaign faced them.

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WNYC News

City’s Election Performance Comes Under Scrutiny

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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Almost one month after an election day fraught with long lines, error, and confusion, the City Council began working to improve voting conditions in the Big Apple. The City Board of Elections' performance came under fire from elected representatives and advocacy groups during a City Council hearing on Wednesday.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: How the GOP is Losing the Middle Ground

Monday, December 03, 2012

Despite all the talk of minority voters and demographic segments, there are signs Republicans are losing the political middle.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The Ames Straw Poll is Woodstock for Politicos - Don't Kill it!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Instead I recommend that Iowa Democrats also hold a straw poll ever four years on exactly the same date so that we can have an event during the straw poll called "Dueling Polls."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election 2012's Legacy on the English Language

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Geoffrey Nunberg, professor at UC Berkeley's School of Information, language commentator for NPR's Fresh Air and author of Ascent of the A-Word, looks back on what terms, phrases or sayings from the 2012 election season will live on in the popular lexicon.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Puerto Rican Election Results

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yarimar Bonilla, political anthropologist and a professor in the departments of both anthropology and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, analyzes the election results in Puerto Rico, including the vote on statehood.

 

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The White Male Era is Over, and I Won't Miss it

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I live in a world made more exciting, creative, delicious, secure and enjoyable because so many non-White-Males have been around. I don't miss the White Male Era - because I never felt it was mine.

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WNYC News

City Board of Elections Still Faces Mountain of Affidavits

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

More than a week after the general election, officials are still struggling to figure out how to count an avalanche of affidavit ballots. The pile is bigger than in past elections because of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order to allow voters displaced by Sandy to cast ballots anywhere in the state. WNYC's Brigid Bergin has been following developments at the BOE.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The 5 Mistakes that Cost Romney the Election

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We know that Barack Obama won the 2012 election by a convincing margin of electoral votes and a healthy popular vote. But we should also acknowledge that Mitt Romney, whose Secret Service name was Javelin, lost the election. Why?

According to the Washington Post, "Romney told the donors he believed ...

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Opinion: For the GOP to Move Forward, We've Got to Ditch Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

For all the impressive stuff that Reagan did, here’s one thing that he didn’t do: Win an election in 2012.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Economics of Legalized Pot

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at UCLA and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know, discusses the economic impact of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Chill Out, GOP - And Don't Abandon Your Principles

Monday, November 12, 2012

The chatter on both sides of the political aisle is as if Republicans haven't won an election in decades and likely won't ever again.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The "2016 Starts Now!" Edition

Saturday, November 10, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama’s election to a second term, some of the factors that led to his victory over Mitt Romney, and ballot wins for same-sex marriage and legalizing pot (well, at least until the Feds get involved). 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After the Election: What Did Money Buy?

Friday, November 09, 2012

Editorial director of the Sunlight Reporting Group, Bill Allison, reviews the effect of outside and dark money on this election, and what it tell us about Citizens United's impact on democracy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After the Election: Making Voting Easier

Friday, November 09, 2012

Larry Norden, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, discusses obstacles to ballot access and what can be done to make voting less of a chore.

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The Takeaway

The World Has Their Say About the 2012 Election

Thursday, November 08, 2012

In 2008, the election of Barack Obama was a historic moment not only in the United States, but around the world. A year after he was elected, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On term later, how does the world feel? Ros Atkins, the host of the BBC's World Have Your Say, has a unique sense of the world's opinions.

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The Takeaway

After the Election Comes the Fiscal Cliff

Thursday, November 08, 2012

With the presidential campaign season coming to an end, the media is desperately looking for something else to endlessly obsess over. Luckily, we'll have to look no further than the so-called “fiscal cliff,” that combination of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect after the New Year. Felix Salmon, finance blogger at Reuters, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama Time Capsule 2016

Thursday, November 08, 2012

On the day after the election in 2008, we asked you to submit your predictions about life in 2012 to our online Obama time capsule. Now, we'll do it again. Make your prediction: What will Obama actually change by the day after the 2016 election? And be sure to visit our follow-up on some of your 2008 predictions here.

Remember, these are for your predictions about the next four years, not wishes, or comments about the past four years. We'll edit out comments that aren't concrete predictions, in order to preserve it for opening in four years.

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Transportation Nation

Analysis: Did Cars Save President Obama?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

There's been a ton of talk since last night about how much the relatively low unemployment rate in Ohio and the descending rates in Michigan and Wisconsin helped President Obama with his so-called "Mid-Western firewall."

The ironies couldn't be thicker:

The President's bailout of major car companies soon after he took office offended many Democratic voters.

“I feel they should’ve gave the people the money to spend to keep the companies going,” retail clerk Linda Webb told me in 2010, while pushing her grocery cart out of the Walmart in Jackson, Michigan. “But they did the opposite. They gave it to all the big people that didn’t need the money. If they handed me money like they handed them, I could’ve went and bought a car — it would have kept them in production.”

In 2010, the hiring spurred by the bailout wasn't quite so easy to see, but since then, it's set in.

Then there's the industry itself -- not exactly a natural Obama ally.

The auto industry has had its own reasons to resist the Obama presidency, including implementation of regulations requiring cars to get a minimum of 55 miles per gallon by next decade.

But at the end of the day, a prediction that a top Democratic official made to Transportation Nation back in June proved true: swing states jobs numbers, he said, would be "determinative" in the fall.  Here's what we wrote then:

Buoyed in part by automobile hiring, employment in swing states looks far better than the nation as a whole, providing a possible path to victory for President Barack Obama, who bailed out the big three auto manufacturers with a clothespin on his nose.

In Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, the auto industry has been adding jobs at rapid clip,  according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So that even though things were really bad in those states, they’re now less bad. Which is good news for the President.

“We know that this thing is going to be super tight,” said a senior Democratic official. “But we are absolutely of the belief that the swing states jobs numbers will be determinative in the fall.”

By now, the national narrative is well known. May’s employment numbers were meh, signalling a heap of trouble for the President. “He is the underdog,” opined NPR’s Mara Liasson, who then ticked off things that could only make the electoral picture worse for the Democrats: the Euro crisis, the Chinese economy, etc. That pretty much sums up the conventional wisdom.

Except.

In the swing states, things are markedly better than they were two years ago, and in many of them, the employment picture is a whole lot brighter than the nation as a whole.

Here's the rest of that post.

 

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