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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: The Tenth Amendment

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The division of power between state and federal government. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting After the Superstorm

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Richard Hasen, professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irvine school of Law and author now of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, talks about voting in the aftermath of the storm and how damage could change election turnout. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Presidential Power

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Obama's exercise of executive privilege, and what it says about his work as president. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The 2012 October Surprise

Monday, October 29, 2012

From Donald Trump to Gloria Allred, there's been a lot of talk about "The October Surprise" as the election enters its final sprint. Well, there is an October surprise and it's about to hit the East Coast.

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Free to Be ... You and Me Edition

Saturday, October 27, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists discuss the campaign’s home stretch while on Culture Gabfest, the panelists talk about the 40th anniversary of "Free To Be … You and Me" and the Saturday Night Live debate send-up.

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The Takeaway

Man with Down Syndrome Responds to Ann Coulter's Use of 'Retard'

Friday, October 26, 2012

After Ann Coulter tweeted, “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard," Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens published “An Open Letter to Ann Coulter."  In his letter, he pleads with Coulter to reconsider her usage of the R-word and its negative connotations. He writes that Coulter “assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult."

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The Takeaway

Credit for Northeast Ohio's Economic Boom Not a Given for Obama

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ohio is on the economic mend — the Lordstown GM plant is humming, along with a brand new billion-dollar steel plant and the discovery of shale natural gas — but can Obama claim credit? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich talked with workers and undecided voters on this battleground to find out.

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The Takeaway

Key and Peele on Politics, Comedy, and President Obama's Endorsement

Friday, October 26, 2012

When it comes to presidential politics, the campaign season is often the comedy gift that keeps on giving. From The Daily Show to The Colbert Report to Saturday Night Live, the election season provides no shortage of material. But this year, only one show has actually received a presidential endorsement. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele  are the comedians behind "Key & Peele" on Comedy Central. Keegan and Jordan discuss identity, politics, comedy, and their writing process. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Borowitz Report

Friday, October 26, 2012

Andy Borowitz, author of the Borowitz Report on NewYorker.com, is back to shed some humorous light on the presidential debate, which is finally in its last weeks. He'll sum up the last two debates, the swing-state campaign stops, and his observations about the upcoming election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Is The Gun Debate Over?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: To what extent is the right to bear arms up for debate? Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Florida and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Since the 2000 election, Florida has been a prime battleground state for presidential candidates, and this year is no exception. Sergio  Bustos, political editor at the Miami Herald, joins us to discuss how the candidates are wooing voters in the Sunshine State. We’ll also discuss Senator Bill Nelson’s re-election bid and how one of Florida’s House races has become one of the tightest and most contentious this year.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Campaign Crunch Time

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, talks about the presidential election, plus the battle for control of the House and Senate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Romney, Obama and Race

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Race as a factor in the election. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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It's A Free Country ®

Despite Retooled Image, Linda McMahon Lags in CT Senate Race

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

It’s a close race in Connecticut to fill retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Senate seat. Republican Linda McMahon, a former pro wrestling executive, is running against Democrat Chris Murphy, a three-term congressman. McMahon’s wrestling ties hurt her Senate campaign two years ago, but this year, Connecticut Democrats are more interested in linking her to Mitt Romney.

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The Takeaway

Obama and Romney Debate Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In a recent poll in three battleground states, foreign policy was only the fourth most important factor for voters, ranked below the economy, the deficit, and health care. So did last night's debate change the minds of any independent voters?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Worldwide Debate Reactions

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mentioned during last night's debate: Libya, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Mali, Russia, China, as well as "Latin America." Immigrants from around the world: How did it sound to you and how did it play in your country of origin? What country was not mentioned? Call 212-433-9692 or post here!

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The Takeaway

Fact-Checking the Foreign Policy Debate

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

In 2008, foreign policy was widely considered then-Senator Barack Obama weakness, but, by 2012, the death of Osama bin Laden and the end of the Iraq War had turned the tied. So how did the president compare to Governor Mitt Romney in last night's debate? Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Final Debate: Horses, Bayonets and More

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney traded barbs over Libya, Egypt, Iran, military spending, and more. Michele Kelemen, NPR correspondent covering diplomacy and the foreign desk, discusses last night's final debate.

→ Post-Debate Resources: Transcript and Audio | AP Fact-Check |  Live Chat Transcript

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Marriage and Other Gay Rights

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The issues at play for gay voters, and the role of gay rights in the election at large. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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WNYC News

Fact Check | Missteps in Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

Voters didn't always get the straight goods when President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their case for foreign policy and national security leadership Monday night before their last super-sized audience of the campaign. A few of their detours into domestic issues were problematic too.

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