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The Takeaway

INFOGRAPHIC: New Data Sheds Light on U.S. Voters

Monday, April 28, 2014

Elections are essential to a healthy democracy. But who really votes? The U.S. Census Bureau has brand new data looking at decades worth of voting patterns from across the country.

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The Takeaway

Here's What the Future of Voting Looks Like

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Many agree that technology can and should simplify the electoral process in this country. But in practice, what will the future of voting in America look like?

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Emily, Would You Please Stop Being So Emotional Edition

Friday, April 11, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Is it shaping up to be Bush v. Clinton in 2016? Is it sexist to say that a woman is too emotional? Is it reckless to sail the high seas with young children?

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The high court's decision frees the nation's wealthiest donors to contribute to as many candidates and party organizations as they want...and thereby have greater influence in federal elections.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Koch Brothers' Money and Political Influence

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have spent large sums of money advancing conservative causes and trying to shape the last two elections. Propublica reporter Kim Barker looks at the Koch's complex network of nonprofits,nicknamed the Kochtopus, and their spending plans for the 2014 election.

 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Turkey in turmoil over Erdogan's Twitter ban

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Turkey in turmoil over Erdogan's Twitter ban

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The Takeaway

A New Face Off Over Voting Rights & Citizenship

Friday, March 21, 2014

A federal judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday that federal election authorities must help states enforce their own voter registration laws, even if they differs from federal rules. Now, 10,000 Kansas voters and 2,000 Arizona voters will have their voting rights suspended until they can prove their citizenship to the state. To help us break down the case and it's implications is Kareem Crayton. He's a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, specializing in voter's rights. Also joining the program is Chris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Take This Job and Shove It 'Cause I've Got Obamacare Edition

Friday, February 07, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Dems' midterm prospects, Obamacare's impact on the economy, and Facebook's big birthday.

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The Takeaway

A New Chapter for the Voting Rights Act?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced a new bill that takes up some of the issues identified in the Supreme Court’s June decision in Shelby Counter v. Holder. Joining The Takeaway to explain the aspects of the new bill are Erin O’Brien, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, who has been following the politics behind the proposed update to the Voting Rights Act. 

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WNYC News

Cuomo Says Fracking Decision May Take Even Longer

Monday, December 16, 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydro fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing Ballot Measure Votes Around the Country

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Election Day has come and gone, and in addition to choosing mayors and governors, six states took up a total of 31 ballot measures. From Colorado to New Jersey and beyond, citizens weighed in on everything from the minimum wage, marijuana and genetically modified food. Joining The Takeaway to discuss these initiatives is Wendy Underhill, program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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The Takeaway

What Elections in New Jersey & Virginia Say About National Politics

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Around the country, voters headed back to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in mayor and gubernatorial contests and to vote on a host of ballot initiatives. Anna Sale, a reporter for WNYC, has been covering races in New York City and neighboring New Jersey. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent has been following the Virginia gubernatorial race.

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New Tech City

Tiny Estonia Beats the U.S. on E-Voting

Monday, November 04, 2013

The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia puts the United States to shame when it comes to electronic voting (not to mention marinated eel served cold and teaching little kids to code.)

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Where does President François Hollande go from here?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Where does President François Hollande go from here?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Elections You Can't Vote In

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What do you have to say about elections in which you actually have no voice? Do New Yorkers have thoughts about NJ elections? And vice versa? Are you a New Yorker obsessed with Chris Christie? Or are you from Long Island, but want to vote for NYC mayor?

Give us a call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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The Takeaway

As Election Season Heats Up, Mayors Run Unchallenged in Many Cities

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It’s election year in many U.S. cities as candidates run in mayoral elections around the country. But are local elections with only one serious candidate a sign of an ailing democracy? Melissa Sanchez is a reporter for El Nuevo Herald in Miami. Jeanne Bonner is a Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter. They join The Takeaway to discuss the mayoral contests in their respective cities and what happened to the other candidates.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Money and the Media Election Complex

Monday, September 16, 2013

Political journalist John Nichols describes how massive campaign spending has come to define our politics and challenges American democracy. His book Dollarocracy: How the Money and the Media Election Complex is Destroying America, which he co-authored with Robert W. McChesney, explains how our elections are becoming controlled and managed by consultants who wield millions of dollars and influence our politics as never before. He argues that after the Citizens United ruling, American citizens are in danger of becoming less informed and more open to manipulation.

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WNYC News

Spitzer and Stringer Face Off

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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The two Democratic candidates hoping to become the city's next comptroller picked at each other as they outlined their visions during a debate aired on CBS television and radio on Thursday night.

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The Takeaway

After VRA Ruling, Florida Looks to Make Sweeping Changes Without Oversight

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This week, we're looking at how the decision has already started to change voting laws across the United States. Today we look at Florida. Up until the Shelby County decision, five counties had to ask the Justice Department for permission before changing their voting laws. Gina Jordan, reporter for WLRN in Miami, says the state is now making sweeping changes without federal oversight.

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Transportation Nation

De Blasio Campaign Goal for Traffic Safety: Zero Deaths

Thursday, August 08, 2013

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NYC mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio has released the most ambitious transportation safety targets of any candidate: zero deaths in car crashes. 

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