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The Old Switcheroo

Friday, September 19, 2008

You can take the politician out of Washington, but you can’t take Washington out of the politician. It’s the hottest rhetorical device of campaign ’08 says Slate assistant editor Juliet Lapidos. And it’s called antimetabole.

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Uncorrectable

Friday, September 19, 2008

There’s been no shortage of fact-checkers this campaign season. But Washington Post columnist Shankar Vedantam explains that a number of new studies suggest people don't let go of political misinformation after hearing a correction. In fact, the misinformation spreads.

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The Takeaway

Counties that count: Talking with voters in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Friday, September 19, 2008

They're swing counties in swing states — and they may be the spots where this election is decided. In the first of a series on "counties that count," The Takeaway's Political Director Andrea Bernstein visits Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County to see how voters there are reacting to the economic crisis and the candidates.

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Israel's Kadima Party goes to polls to replace Ehud Olmert

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Israel's ruling Kadima Party is holding an internal election today to choose a new leader. The party's previous leader, Ehud Olmert, announced his resignation over allegations of corruption and bribery. The two leading candidates are Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a relative moderate, and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, a hard-liner and former general.

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The Takeaway

Tzipi Livni is a favorite to lead Israel's ruling Kadima party after vote

Monday, September 15, 2008

Israel’s ruling Kadima party is holding a historic election Wednesday to select a new leader. The current frontrunner in the polls is Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. She could replace the current party chief, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who faces corruption allegations and sharp criticism of his handling of the 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. If elected, Livni would be Israel’s first female leader in more than 30 years. She faces a challenge from Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz.

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On The Media

Pass It On

Friday, September 12, 2008

Email is the easiest and cheapest way to tell political lies. And you can’t blame the campaigns, or even journalists because these emails rarely cross the desks of editors. Bill Adair, editor of Politifact.com, weighs in on what’s true and what’s not from the latest crop of smear emails.

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On The Media

Stick Up

Friday, September 12, 2008

How does a non story become the story? The answer has to do with outrageous accusations, cost free ads, back and forth squabbling and media outlets that are left to sort through the noise. WNYC's political director Andrea Bernstein weighs in on ...

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The Takeaway

Power sharing talks in Zimbabwe

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Power sharing talks continue in Zimbabwe following the disputed election there. President Robert Mugabe has so far refused to yield or share power with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has said he and his supporters have been under violent threat from Mugabe. The key stumbling bloc has been how Mugabe and Tsvangirai would divide responsibilities, and who would have the most power.

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The Takeaway

If the world could vote in the U.S. elections, who would it pick?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The BBC has surveyed people in 22 countries, asking who they would pick to be the American president.

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The Takeaway

EU Observer has his doubts about "fair and free" Angolan Elections

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Angola underwent first democratic elections in 16 years, but already many feel there is something amiss. Amidst reports that people were bussed in from neighboring Congo to vote, the opposition party is calling for a recount as additional reports of voters receiving handouts of cash, alcohol and cars from the ruling party continue to circulate. Richard Howitt is the EU Observer in Angola and was monitoring the elections first hand.

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The Takeaway

Clinton vs. Palin? Not so much.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

If you think Senator Hillary Clinton is going to be involved in any kind of political cat fight with Sarah Palin, you should think again. As Clinton continues to stump for the Obama campaign this week, she is making little mention of John McCain’s VP pick. The Takeaway spoke with Adam Smith, political editor for the St. Petersburg Times, after Clinton’s Tampa campaign stop.

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The Takeaway

For Congress: summer vacation is officially over

Monday, September 08, 2008

Congress is back in session today, wrapping up the summer holiday and both of the parties conventions. Capitol News Connections Todd Zwillich talks to John Hockenberry about what Congress has to get done in this upcoming appreciated three week session.

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The Takeaway

Is wind the way to go?

Monday, September 08, 2008

As concerns over US oil consumption continues to rise – and heat up, on the campaign trail – Americans are looking to alternative energy sources to power our homes, our cars, and our lifestyles. Wind turbines have been heavily promoted in good-looking television ads, but the prospect of having turbines next door has made some people concerned about the noise and disruption. Today marks the last day for public comment on putting turbines far offshore, on the outer continental shelf.

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On The Media

Crunching the Numbers

Friday, September 05, 2008

Nate Silver created a remarkably accurate computer system that projects stats for baseball players and teams. Now he's turned his attention to polling data for the presidential election with his website Five Thirty Eight. Silver explains how his site can out-perform the polling firms, ...

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On The Media

Margins of Error

Friday, September 05, 2008

During the presidential campaign, media hang on the results of nearly every poll. But David Moore, former senior editor for the Gallup Poll, says polls inaccurately portray a consensus on issues the public often knows little or nothing about.

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On The Media

Kiss Off

Friday, September 05, 2008

At the Republican National Convention this week, politicians and their spokespeople levied harsh criticisms at the elitist, " left-wing" media. The main complaint seemed to be reporters' insistence on asking questions about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Will the media fall for ...

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The Takeaway

Angola holds first election in sixteen years

Friday, September 05, 2008

Guest: Peter Biles, BBC correspondent

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Why John McCain Hates Economists

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Upon his return home from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner came to a conclusion: John McCain hates economists. Dunber talks to John and Adaora about what the McCain camp has against number crunchers

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The Takeaway

Alaska’s take on Sarah Palin

Thursday, September 04, 2008

As the U.S. mainland continues its debate over the selection of Governor Sarah Palin, we look northward and talk to a long-time reporter in Alaska for a local’s opinion on McCain’s pick

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The Takeaway

Protesters clash with police at low-profile RNC

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Guests: Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter; Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio

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