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The Takeaway

Romney Tries to Win Over Evangelical Conservatives

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After the Iowa caucuses, a group of high-profile conservatives sent out invitations to evangelical leaders for a gathering at the Texas ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler on January 14 and 15. The summit's purpose is to discuss which GOP candidates they will and will not be supporting in 2012. Evangelicals have been the most significant segment of the Republican base since 1992, so whoever is chosen this weekend could nail the nomination — assuming that there is a candidate they feel represents their values. Despite winning New Hampshire and Iowa, Romney could be blocked due to his Mormonism and weak social conservatism.

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The Takeaway

Voters Discuss Past and Future GOP Races

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three voters give their thoughts on the past two tests of presidential mettle and on what lies ahead. When Iowan Brad Cranston last joined the program, he was disappointed by Bachmann withdrawing her bid but was shifting towards Santorum. Staunch Gingrich supporter and New Hampshire resident Karen Gallant — who lived in Massachusetts during Romney's governorship — remains unimpressed by the GOP frontrunner. And South Carolinian Karen Martin is currently unenthusiastic about any candidate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian, Anna and Todd Talk Mussolini, Moderates, and Beanbags

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's the day after a Romney sweep of Iowa and New Hampshire - and all eyes shift to South Carolina. Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, and Todd Zwillich play their most revealing clips and talk about comparisons of Obama to fascists; why moderates feel left out; and how to play "cornhole."

Don't forget this week's twitter challenge: Update the phrase "Politics ain't beanbag" with a more modern activity  (See what others are saying)

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: After Romney's NH Win, Bring on The Main Event!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This race has been over since Rick Perry's brief rollercoaster ride from fresh face in the campaign, to frontrunner and ultimately to also-ran.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The Problem With Anti-Romneyism

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The only chance to change Mitt Romney's trajectory to the Republican nomination would be if the anti-Romney faction of the GOP rallied around a single alternative.  But that won't happen because there is no "anti-Romney faction."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After New Hampshire

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, and David Woodard, Clemson University professor and Republican consultant, discuss the implications of yesterday's New Hampshire GOP primary.

columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's 
The Agenda.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Hampshire Map

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dante Chinni, Patchwork Nation director, and author of the book Our Patchwork Nation, offers analysis about how the New Hampshire primary results broke down demographics.

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The Takeaway

Previewing the Southern Primaries

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the next big competition for the Republican nomination lies in the South. With strong GOP bases in both Florida and South Carolina, the candidate that carries either state will need to appeal to a pool of voters that are more racially diverse than their northern counterparts. However, currying the favor of this mix of social, fiscal, and military conservatives will require a great deal more money, something that some campaigns are running short on.

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The Takeaway

Romney Takes Decisive Win in New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Despite focusing all of his campaign's attention on New Hampshire instead of Iowa, former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman came in third in Tuesday's primary. Independent favorite Ron Paul took second place with 23 percent of the vote while Iowa caucus victor Mitt Romney won a comfortable lead at 39 percent. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website for our co-producer WNYC, give their thoughts on what these results mean for the rest of the GOP race.

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The Takeaway

The Rise of the Super PAC

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

As a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, rules regarding corporate and union campaign spending were significantly eased. Super PAC ads are more strongly-worded and less accurate, largely because the third party groups funding them are harder to track down than something funded directly by a candidate's campaign. Though they are not limited to one party by nature, their role in the Republican race has been striking: ads run by pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC "Restore Our Future" are widely credited with reversing Newt Gingrich's lead in Iowa.

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It's A Free Country ®

Look | NH Residents, Candidates Head to the Polls

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Hampshire jokingly brags that its voters don't pick a presidential candidate until they've met them at least three times face to face. Granite State residents got that and more in the run-up to the first presidential primary in the nation. For 60 years the state has held the earliest primary, getting first say in who might be elected in November.

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WNYC News

Romney Wins in NH; Ron Paul Finishes Second

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, adding to a first-place finish in last week's Iowa caucuses and establishing himself as the man to beat for the Republican presidential nomination.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: How Huntsman Could Change the Game

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Hampshire still has the power to surprise tonight.  If Jon Huntsman pulls an upset, and I don't mean surprising people with a second place finish, I mean an honest to goodness ran-away-with-it upset, that might be a game-changer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Are Bain, 'Fire' Comments Enough to Derail Romney?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Josh Rogers, political reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, and Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, talked about Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and the last-minute challenges for Mitt Romney.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Giving Up on Congress is Obama's Best Decision

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The President saw he had spent too much of 2011 trying to find a sensible seat at John Boehner's Mad Tea Party. Instead, he walked away from their table. It's been the best decision he's made for his re-election prospects.

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The Takeaway

What's So Funny About Politics?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

While the most recent leg of the 2012 GOP campaign trail has been marked by eight vote leads, libertarian bluster, and plays to religion, it can also be defined by a lack of one key political ingredient: humor. The seriousness of all the candidates thus far has left voters on both sides of the aisle yearning for effortlessly funny former frontrunners like Bob Dole and John McCain. And, as Pete Dominick, comedian and CNN contributor has noted, boring politics makes for bad politics.

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The Takeaway

Who Are The New Hampshire Primary Voters?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

If Mitt Romney can hold on for a victory in New Hampshire, he will have history on his side: in every contested Republican primary season since 1980, no candidate has won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. And while Romney may not have a hometown advantage, his reputation as former governor of neighboring Massachusetts has in part helped propel him to the top of many pre-primary polls. But polls and actual votes — as evidenced by his eight-vote caucus victory — are very different things.

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The Takeaway

Lew to Replace Daley as Obama's Chief of Staff

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

After only one year in the job, Bill Daley, President Obama's chief of staff, is stepping down. Current budget director Jacob Lew will assume this post. Daley, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and U.S. Commerce secretary, had publicly announced his frustration with Beltway politics and intentions to leave in October of last year.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: New Hampshire Primary, Congressional Recess, Egyptian Elections

Monday, January 09, 2012

This week marks the 1st anniversary of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' shooting, the 2nd anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, and the 10th anniversary of first Afghan prisoners arriving at Guantanamo Bay. New Hampshire's primary is this week — and so is the final stage of Egyptian parliamentary elections.

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It's A Free Country ®

Track: New Hampshire Primary Returns

Monday, January 09, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 10 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of New Hampshire’s four types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the Service Worker counties.

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