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Obama Holds National Infrastructure Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2010

President Obama meets today with governors and mayors from around the nation to talk about “investing in America’s infrastructure.”

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The Takeaway

Latino Registered Voters Less Likely to Vote This Year, Poll Finds

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

With less than a month until Election Day, Democrats are hoping to keep control of both the House and Senate while trying to appeal to their core constituencies. Just two years ago, President Obama brought the Democrats back to the White House with the help of Latino voters. Democrats will surely need those votes if they hope to keep their majorities in Congress, but it is not clear that the Latino votes will come through in the mid-terms.  A new poll from the Pew Hispanic Center reports that only 51 percent of Latino registered voters say they are "absolutely certain to vote," this season, compared to 70 percent of all registered voters who say they'll go to the polls.

Why is it looking like so many Latinos will skip voting November 2?

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The Takeaway

The Invisible Rivers of Campaign Money

Friday, October 01, 2010

We’re headed into midterm season and today we talk about money: specifically, the money flowing into campaigns this season, including who’s getting it, how they’re getting it and who it’s coming from. The difficulty is, our political system has many different mechanisms that get money to candidates.  

New Supreme Court rulings now let independent expenditure committees, or "SuperPACS" and other political action committees accept and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads that either support or defame candidates. They can do this without having to disclose who their donations are coming from or how much money is donated. 

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The Takeaway

In Conn. Senate Battle, Mixed Emotions Among Party Faithful

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton traveled to New Haven to campaign for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal, a Democrat, is running against Republican Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, in a tight race for Christopher Dodd's U.S. Senate seat. Anna Sale, editor of WNYC's new political site, It's a Free Country, traveled to the rally in New Haven to speak with the voters and protestors in attendance.

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The Takeaway

An Interview with Rep. Betsy Markey

Friday, September 24, 2010

Celeste Headlee is in Colorado today, a state where Democrats are struggling to keep their majority in Congress. Among the contested seats is the one belonging to Representative Besty Markey, of Colorado's fourth Congressional district. She's facing an uphill battle against her Republican challenger Cory Gardner, who is trouncing her in the latest polls. 

Representative Markey joins the program to talk about her reelection campaign. Takeaway correspondent Andrea Bernstein also gives us a feel of the political landscape in Colorado right now.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Michael Moore's America

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Documentary filmmaker and political activist Michael Moore talks about how he's doing this election season, and his being awarded the John Steinbeck Award, presented by San Jose State University.

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It's A Free Country ®

Gail Collins on Why We Need to Know Christine O'Donnell

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WNYC

This is one of the things that voters really want and need to know…not that you need to know that she was on the altar with the witch. But, is this person that’s running who you don’t know much about, that’s new to your vision, is that person a crazy person? That’s what we’re getting at here.

-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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The Takeaway

Pennsylvania Voters Talk Midterm Elections

Monday, September 20, 2010

President Obama is in Pennsylvania today, campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak.  

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski To Run As Write-In Candidate

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lisa Murkowski, the Republican senator from Alaska, may have lost the bid for nomination in the Republican primary, but that fact hasn't seemed to dampen her plans to continue her campaign for November's general election. 

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House Minority Whip Eric Cantor on Mid-Term Election Strategy

Friday, September 17, 2010

Every state save for Hawai'i has been to the primary polls, and the ballots for November are nearly set. In a few states we saw surprising results: results that might lead to changed strategies in the general election.

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The Takeaway

Uncertainty for the GOP After Tea Party Candidates Win Big In Primaries

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Last night's primary elections set the stage for the nation's general elections with seven states and the District of Columbia heading to the polls. Once again, the viability of the Tea Party was the central question in several races on the Eastern seaboard.. While several Republican insurgent candidates won big last night, their victories over establishment candidates muddle the G.O.P.'s chances of retaking the Senate in November.

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It's A Free Country ®

Reports of Voting Problems Citywide

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The city's first primary day with the new paper ballot system has been bumpy, to say the least. Problems have been reported throughout the five boroughs, and Mayor Bloomberg himself called it a “royal screw-up.”  A lot of the problems had to do with the new voting machines that use optical scanning instead of levers to count votes. Some listeners told WNYC that their experience went smoothly, but far more said they had trouble reading the small print, there wasn't enough privacy, the ballot design was confusing, scanners were broken, and, the blooper we feel takes the cake: a few polling stations were even missing ballots.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Limited Polling Hours

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, discusses the limited operating hours at polling stations throughout the city.

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The Takeaway

Anger at Incumbents on the Last Day of Primaries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Across the country, today’s primary elections are the final round before November’s general election. When the last seven states take to the polls, they will close this season's intra-party jockeying and complete the story of how the political narrative of “anti-incumbent anger” is really playing out in voting booths nationwide.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Talking Politics: NYS Primary Preview

Monday, September 13, 2010

Juan Manuel Benitez, reporter for NY1 Noticias and host of Pura Política, and Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a website and monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, discuss the key races in tomorrow's primary.

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The Takeaway

Taking the Political Temperature of the Sunshine State

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our political coverage of the midterms turns to Florida. The Sunshine State has been in the international limelight for weeks, following Pastor Terry Jones’ threats to publicly burn Korans. With the bonfire cancelled and the 9/11 anniversary past, we talk this morning about a state full of voters whose opinions range the gamut on the Koran burning issue and the three-way race for U.S. Senate that’s been heating up for months. 

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The Takeaway

Tea and Taxes in Delaware's Senate Primary

Monday, September 13, 2010

As one of the last states to hold primary elections, Delaware has been the focus of a lot of national political attention. In a recent interview with Fox's Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin flexed her political clout and officially endorsed Tea Party Express-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell.  But what does a Palin endorsement mean for GOP Rep. Mike Castle, the veteran Congressman and former Delaware governor, as he bids for the same senate nomination? 

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The Takeaway

The Changing Role for Women In Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

For women in Afghanistan, day-to-day life continues to be a struggle. It has been nearly a decade since the fall of the Taliban, yet every step forward for Afghan women seems to come with new setbacks.

Though girls now have the right to an education, getting one can be perilous. Reports over the years of schools being burnt down, teachers being beaten and beheaded, and acid being thrown at girls' faces as they walk to school can obscure signs of progress being made for women, yet they are there.

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The Takeaway

A Country Divided: Midterm Elections Preview

Monday, September 06, 2010

Across the country, there are only nine political primaries left this season, and the race for November’s midterm elections is coming into full swing. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the Candidates: New York State Senate, 33rd District

Friday, September 03, 2010

Pedro Espada Jr., Democratic New York State Senator for the 33rd district, and his opponents, Gustavo Rivera and Daniel Padernacht discuss the campaign. 

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