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Democrats are expected to pick up seats as all House members face re-election

Monday, October 06, 2008

With a less than a month before Election Day, The Takeaway takes a broad look at the hundreds of battles for Congressional seats and why the Democrats are favored.

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Behind the scenes at Obama training camp

Monday, October 06, 2008

Guest: Elizabeth Holland, John Hockenberry's mother-in-law

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New Hampshire's big senate race: Jeanne Shaheen vs. John Sununu

Monday, October 06, 2008

Guest: Josh Rogers, New Hampshire Public Radio political reporter.

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Veteran Alaska and Delaware journalists analyze the Palin-Biden VP debate

Friday, October 03, 2008

Two journalists with experience covering Governor Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, and Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., give a post-game analysis of last night's sole vice-presidential debate.

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Blogging movers and shakers review the vice-presidential debate

Friday, October 03, 2008

Fred Barbash moderates The Arena, Politico's daily debate with policy makers and opinion shapers. Barbash tells The Takeaway what they said about last night's vice-presidential debate.

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No clear winner after vice-presidential candidates Palin and Biden debate

Friday, October 03, 2008

Andrea Bernstein was in St. Louis for the vice-presidential debates last night, and helps unpack what the two candidates said.

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Counties that count: Franklin County, Missouri, part 2

Thursday, October 02, 2008

They're swing counties in swing states — and they may be the spots where this election is decided. In the fourth of a series on "counties that count," The Takeaway's Political Director Andrea Bernstein talks with voters in Franklin County, Missouri. It's a bellwether county in a bellwether state. "As goes Missouri, so goes the nation."

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A field guide to vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin's debating style

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tonight, Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin takes on Delaware Senator and Democratic vice-presidential hopeful Joe Biden in a highly anticipated vice-presidential debate. As an Alaskan journalist and ex-Palin employee, Larry Persily has had many opportunities to witness her technique.

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Senator Joe Biden's debate history

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tonight, millions of viewers will watch the one and only debate between the vice-presidential nominees: Senator Joe Biden, D-Del, and Governor Sarah Palin, R-Alaska. Rita Farrell, former Reuters correspondent, discusses what viewers can expect from Sen. Biden.

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Counties that count: Franklin County, Missouri

Thursday, October 02, 2008

They're swing counties in swing states — and they may be the spots where this election is decided. In the fourth of a series on "counties that count," The Takeaway's Political Director Andrea Bernstein talks with voters in Franklin County, Missouri. It's a bellwether county in a bellwether state. "As goes Missouri, so goes the nation."

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Evangelical voters: What politicians are doing, with language, to court them

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Republicans have long been successful at courting evangelical voters. Lisa Sharon Harper, evangelical leader and author, explains how politicians use language to appeal to evangelicals. History, race and language have all played a role in mobilizing one of the most influential voting groups in the country.

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Early voting: Up to a third of voters could make a choice before Election Day

Monday, September 29, 2008

You might think that voting day is November 4th, but, for many, Americans voting day is tomorrow. And the day after. And the day after. It’s estimated that up to a third of voters this year will vote early. Paul Gronke of the Reed College Early Voting Information Center joins The Takeaway to tell us more about early voters as a growing demographic. Linda Howe, the head of the Lucas County, Ohio Board of Elections joins us to tell us how she’s preparing for the expected influx of early voters.

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On The Media

A Week in the Life

Friday, September 26, 2008

Brooke and Bob reflect on some of the McCain campaign's challenging media moments this week. Some highlights? A near mutiny by reporters, a much criticized interview performance, and the wrath of Letterman.

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Counties that count: Prince William County, Virginia (part 2)

Friday, September 26, 2008

They're swing counties in swing states — and they may be the spots where this election is decided. In the third of a series on counties that count, The Takeaway's Political Director Andrea Bernstein visits Prince William County in northern Virginia to see how voters there are thinking about immigration and race.

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Listeners and readers react to Senator McCain's campaign pause

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Listeners and Web site partipants respond to Senator McCain's announcement that he'll temporarily suspend his campaign and his participation in the first presidential debate scheduled for Friday night.

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Decoding campaign spin

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Guest: Andrea Bernstein, Takeaway Political Director

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Tucker Bounds, McCain spokesman, on the status of Debate 1 and more

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tucker Bounds is one of Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s top campaign representatives. The Takeaway speaks with Bounds about the suspension of the Senator's campaign, the call to call off the first presidential debate Friday, the congressional financial bailout, the latest polls, lobbying and Governor Sarah Palin.

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Counties that count: Prince William County, Virginia (part 1)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

They're swing counties in swing states — and they may be the spots where this election is decided. In the second of a series on "counties that count," The Takeaway's Political Director Andrea Bernstein visits Prince William County in northern Virginia to see how voters there are reacting to the Wall Street bailout proposal and Senator McCain's intention to suspend his presidential campaign as Congress helps heal the economy.

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Narrowly targeted ads in swing counties play on racial fears

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

As the campaign season progresses, a new type of attack is emerging. Ads targeting Barack Obama have been produced by political action committees that are not connected to John McCain. They're showing up in very specific areas in battleground states and playing on racial fears.

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In the 2008 election cycle, where are the black preachers?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

We're in the full swing of the 2008 election cycle. But, in a groundbreaking year for race in politics, Patrik Henry Bass has noticed one influential group that's been quiet: black preachers. Traditionally, the black church has played a pivotal role in general elections. But with Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee, is the black vote locked up? Or, is there a small percentage of black conservative churchgoers who could pull a November surprise in favor of McCain?

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