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Herman Cain May Drop Presidential Bid

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In the wake of several allegations of sexual harassment and a woman's claim that he had a 13-year affair with her, Herman Cain is reportedly reconsidering his run for president. On Tuesday, he denied the affair with Ginger White. The reported affair is the latest allegation in a campaign rife with gaffes, brain freezes, and charges of sexual misconduct. Cain admitted to staff members on Tuesday that the additional rumors were having an impact on his family.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Direct Democracy

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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, Khalil Byrd, CEO of Americans Elect, talked about the campaign to nominate a presidential candidate outside the political party system.

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The Process Is Political: Occupy Taking It to Obama

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Occupy Wall Street will protest a high-dollar Obama fundraiser in Manhattan this week. A look at retirement and redistricting: Rep. Barney Frank in 2011 and Rep. Tom DeLay in 2006. And while Republicans campaign on Obama's "job-killing regulations," NPR stops to look at exactly how a White House office has been treating regulations, and finds Obama's doing more tweaking than Bush did. 

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The Takeaway

Barney Frank Will Leave Congress After Three Decades

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank announced Monday that he will not seek re-election next year, after representing his district in Congress for more than 30 years. The announcement brings to an end the career of one of Congress's most quotable and cantankerous members. Frank leaves behind a legacy of notable achievement in economic policy, and will be remembered by history as the first member of Congress to come out as gay.

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The Takeaway

This Weeks's Agenda: Super Committee, Euro Crisis, Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21, 2011

The week starts out on an ominous note as the Congressional "super committee" charged with reducing the national debt announces that they will not reach a deal. What went wrong during their negotiations, and where do we go from here? How will markets react? Also, the Euro crisis rages on as another government falls in Spain with the election of a new Conservative party. Finally, another GOP debate, the start of the holiday shopping season, and Thanksgiving traditions from Takeaway guests.

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Watch: Michigan Republican Presidential Debate

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

On Wednesday, November 9th, the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination debated at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Maine's Rebellious Streak

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As the autumn chill begins its descent southward, it's not just the crisp air that's making the rest of the country feel a little like Maine. Here, anti-establishment rebelliousness and economic populism is nothing new. This is the state where Ross Perot came in second in 1992. This year, a deep sense of alienation from Washington political representatives is polishing the independent streak, with some unexpected results.

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WNYC News

Registration Deadline for NY Presidential Primary Approaches

Monday, October 10, 2011

If you intend to vote in next year's presidential primary and are not affiliated with a political party or want to change your affiliation, you must register by Friday.

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The Takeaway

With Christie Out, Who Will GOP Voters Favor?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended all speculation that he may run for president yesterday, saying "now is not my time" in a nationally televised news conference. Republicans are now back to picking a candidate from those who are officially in the running. But are Republican voters happy with those candidates?

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The Takeaway

Perry Criticized Over Offensively Named Hunting Ground

Monday, October 03, 2011

Over the weekend, a front-page article in The Washington Post criticized Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, whose family's hunting lodge was formerly known by a racially charged epithet. Other GOP candidates have already been vocal in criticizing Perry. Herman Cain told Fox News on Sunday, "I think it shows a lack of sensitivity."

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Ross Perot: The Last Great Political Insurgent

Monday, October 03, 2011

The economy was in the tank. the incumbent president’s approval ratings were below 50 percent and falling, angry activists were forming new organizations based on the sole premise of kicking out incumbents, and an untested governor from the south looked to be the most viable challenger.

It sounds a lot like today, but it was February 20, 1992. 

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The Process is Political: Ohio Petition Effort Delays Law to Shorten Early Voting

Friday, September 30, 2011

A new law to shorten the period in which Ohio voters can cast ballots before Election Day is on hold after opponents, including the Obama reelection campaign, collect more than 300,000 signatures for a ballot question to repeal it. A new count shows more than 215,000 registered voters in South Carolina don't currently have photo IDs, which are required to vote under a new law passed by the legislature and currently under review by the Justice Department. And not all Florida Republicans favor moving up the presidential primary to January 31, a decision expected today. 

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The Process is Political: Florida's Early Primary

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If you're interested in politics, make sure your 2012 primary calendar is filled out in pencil. Florida's plan to push up its primary to January 31 could remake the schedule for early states. In Colorado, a dispute over which voters are eligible to receive mailed ballots is pitting the Republican Secretary of State against Democratic local clerks. The 2010 census has prompted redistricting fights across the country, and it's also changed the electoral college math for Obama. 

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The Takeaway

Florida May Hold Early Primary Election

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Presidential candidates put a lot of effort into strategizing their election campaigns, and timing is an important part of that. Republican candidates could find their carefully arranged schedules completely flipped tomorrow, if Florida decides to move its primary election to January 31 — a month earlier than party leaders expected. This could result in other states changing the dates of their primaries, including the traditional early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

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The Takeaway

Chris Christie: Still Not Running for President

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey gave a speech last night at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, outlining his positions on domestic and international policy. The enthusiastic audience repeatedly implored Christie to run for president, though the governor avoided the question. Those close to Christie say he is "reconsidering" whether to run, according to The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Is Chris Christie Reconsidering a Presidential Bid?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said for months he will not run for president in 2012. But some Republicans have made it clear they would support his bid. As Christie continues to air ads that attempt to boost his approval ratings, with messages like "the model for the way forward," there is speculation that Christie may change his mind. Many eyes will be upon him tonight, as he makes a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and continues his three-state tour of Missouri, Colorado, and California, to raise funds for his party.

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The Takeaway

How Will Conservative Candidates Court Hispanic Votes?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

President Obama's approval ratings are at an all-time low. August's Gallup poll numbers showed that only 41 percent of American adults approve of the way Obama is currently handling his job. Some of the largest declines in approval come from African-American and Hispanic voters — groups that formerly voted for Obama. On Monday, The Takeaway discussed Obama’s increasing problem, which could stem from his positions on immigration reform with Gustavo Arellano, author of the syndicated column "Ask a Mexican."

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The Takeaway

With Falling Approval, Obama Loses Latino Support

Monday, September 26, 2011

August's Gallup poll numbers showed that 41 percent of American adults approve of the way Obama is currently handling his job, an all-time low for the President. And some of the most significant declines in approval come from Latino voters — a group that was formerly solidly supportive of the President.

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The Takeaway

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson on Last Night's Republican Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

There was an additional candidate on stage last night in Florida, at the debate for the Republican presidential nomination. His name is Gary Johnson, and he's the former governor of New Mexico. Many people hadn't heard of Johnson before last night, but he's already presenting himself as a fiscally conservative libertarian with a proven track record of economic successes. How do his claims match up with reality?

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Obama's Economic Ideas are Popular, So Why isn't He?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"This is not class warfare. It's math." That was President Obama's blunt assessment of why higher taxes have to be a part of his proposal to Congress to decrease the deficit by $3 trillion over ten years and pay for his $400 billion jobs bill proposal. That kind of straight talk is a surefire hit for on Twitter, but it's not proven too effective at winning the confidence of the American people. 

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