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The Takeaway

The Seven Ohio Voters Who Will Determine the Election

Monday, October 08, 2012

Lake County, Ohio has become a good determiner of the way that the swing state will vote, and thus, is also a fairly good predictor of presidential elections. Seven voters coming from different backgrounds, and bringing very different concerns to the table, discuss what's swaying them.

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WNYC News

Debate, Jobs Report Shake Up Presidential Race

Saturday, October 06, 2012

The presidential race enters its final month enlivened by two events with the potential to reshape the contest or perhaps negate each other. Soon after Mitt Romney's strong debate performance came Friday's encouraging economic news, not a minute too soon for President Barack Obama.

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The Takeaway

Toledo, Ohio Mayor Says Stop Bashing China

Friday, October 05, 2012

For most mayors, having both presidential candidates campaigning in your town or city at the same time is cause for excitement. But for Mayor Michael Bell of Toledo, Ohio, it brought some mixed feelings.

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Studio 360

Campaign Ads Nauseam

Friday, October 05, 2012

The real problem with campaign ads today, Kurt Andersen thinks, is that they’re boring.  Why? "The same people that would do great commercials for products and services would also do political commercials," advertising veteran Bob Gardner tells Kurt. “But this ended a few ...

Video: 2012 presidential campaign ads

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The Takeaway

Recapping Last Night's Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Now that some of the smoke has cleared around last night's presidential debate, it is time to ask the questions that really matter, like what will this debate mean come November? It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale was in Denver last night during the debates. Political reporter Jason Smith joins The Takeaway from Romney's home state of Michigan to give us a full recap of the debate.

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The Takeaway

The First Debate, and the Swing Vote

Thursday, October 04, 2012

How much of an impact do the debates really have when it comes to the ever-important swing vote? Six independent voters join The Takeaway to discuss the highs and lows of the first televised debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Optics of Last Night's Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Josh King, corporate communications executive, former director of production for presidential events in the Clinton White House and host of the podcast "Polioptics," picks apart the body language, stagecraft, and other subtle elements of last night's debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: The "Listener Elite" Judge The Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in the first general election debate of the 2012 campaign last night. Listeners, the "media elite" seems to have given Romney the win, but do you really think it was that lopsided? Let's convene the "listener elite" to evaluate the debate. How were you watching? Who did best, on which points? Let us know!

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

→ Your #ListenerElite Twitter Reactions

→ See Full Video and Video Highlights Below

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Troops and Veterans

Thursday, October 04, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: What's wrong — and right with the current government treatment of active and returned military personnel. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Takeaway

The Country's First Voter?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wayne Gilbert listened to The Takeaway in his hometown of Rapid City yesterday morning and heard Jerry Bloomer from Hot Springs say that he voted at 9:30 a.m. MST on September 21st. Wayne voted an hour earlier that day. Could he be the country's first voter?

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It's A Free Country ®

Analysis | Obama's Flat, Romney Fibs: The First Debate That Wasn't

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The much-anticipated first presidential debate Wednesday night didn’t feature the zingers or gotcha moments that media pundits zero in on and focus coverage around. But Obama brought no energy. And Romney countered by bringing no facts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politifact-Checking the First Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Bill Adair, founder and editor of PolitiFact, provides a fact check of the first Obama-Romney debate, from claims about Romney's tax plan to Obama's health care proposal.

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The Takeaway

The Best Tweets from Last Night's Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Twitter set a record last night for the volume of tweets during a political event, beating out the conventions from a few weeks ago. Here's a collection of our favorite tweets from last night.

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WNYC News

Fact Check | Presidential Debate Missteps

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.

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WNYC News

Obama and Romney Delve into the Details

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Americans demanded details and, boy, did they get them. In the first presidential debate, the candidates delved into dense discussions on taxes, health care, entitlement programs and more.

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It's A Free Country ®

In Colorado, Campaigns Talk Economy while Voters Talk Abortion

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Leading up to today’s first presidential debate, Colorado voters are getting barraged with campaign advertising. Most of it focuses on numbers – the size of the debt, unemployment figures, and 47 percent. But voters about talking about something else entirely: Abortion.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debate Prep 2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Presidential candidates meet in Colorado tonight for the first of three debates. Robert Draper, contributor to GQ and The New York Times Magazine, dissects the pre-debate prepping and posturing and discusses his GQ feature on what to look for from Obama and Romney.

→ Debate Coverage Tonight: On Air Special 8pm | Watch and Live Chat | Debate Bingo!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Holes in the Safety Net

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Where the government stands in its coverage of the neediest Americans. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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The Takeaway

Election 2012: When the Enthusiasm Fades

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sometimes we’re madly in love with our candidates, but sometimes that love fades. That's been the case for Hermene Hartman, an Obama supporter from Chicago.

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