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The Leonard Lopate Show

We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics

Friday, May 25, 2012

Former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk about opposition research—the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates’ weaknesses to light—and how it has become an integral part of the campaign process. We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics is an account of their work as opposition researchers—an adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What it Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House

Friday, May 18, 2012

Samuel Popkin, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, examines the winners—and losers—of the last 60 years of presidential campaigns, explaining how challengers get to the White House, how incumbents stay, and how successors hold power for their party. His book The Candidate: What it Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House looks George H. W. Bush's campaign for reelection in 1992, Al Gore's campaign for the presidency in 2000, and Hillary Clinton's effort to win the nomination in 2008, and gives an account of what goes on inside a campaign and what makes one succeed while another fails.

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On The Media

5 Ways To Spot a B.S. Political Headline in Under 10 Seconds

Friday, May 11, 2012

An avid political junkie and a thoroughly scarred presidential campaign watcher, Jason Pargin set out to save his fellow man.  He wrote ‘5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 10 Seconds’ and he explains to Bob how he came by his expertise the hard way. 

 

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Features

Obama Heads To Hollywood; Conservative Group Mocks 'Celebrity President'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

On Thursday, some of Hollywood's top stars and deepest pockets will congregate at the Studio City, Calif., home of actor George Clooney to mingle with President Obama and raise money for his re-election campaign. At least one conservative group is deriding Obama as a "celebrity president."

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The Takeaway

European Elections Highlight Discontent

Monday, May 07, 2012

France wasn't the only European country to hold elections yesterday, but the feeling across the continent was certainly one of change. From local elections in Italy to a tight presidential race in Serbia, competitions outside of France told equally interesting stories about changing attitudes toward life in the Euro-zone. Andrew Walker is a correspondent for our partner the BBC, and Ken Rogoff is former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund.

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On The Media

Getting Out the Vote in Iran

Friday, March 02, 2012

This week Iranians returned to the polls for the first time since 2009’s presidential election, and opposition groups and reformers have called for a boycott of the elections. The government wants high voter turnout to show that the regime is still strong, and so they've attempted to clamp down on the media in order to get their version of the story out. Bob talks to Muhammad Sahimi of Tehran Bureau about the regime's efforts at message control. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What next for Vladimir Putin?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What next for Vladimir Putin?

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The Takeaway

New Book Reveals the Art of Mudslinging

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian have spent the past 18 years doing "oppo" work: the tedious and delicate task of going through public documents about political candidates. The two have co-authored a new book titled "We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics," which is peppered with anecdotes about wrangling these files from obstructionist clerks — but never reveals the names of any of their clients.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Two Insiders on the Dark Side of American Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk about opposition research—the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates’ weaknesses to light—and how it has become an integral part of the campaign process. We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics is an account of their work as opposition researchers—an adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Diplomatic response to Syrian crisis in the balance and elections in Uttar Pradesh

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Diplomatic response to Syrian crisis in the balance and elections in Uttar Pradesh

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It's A Free Country ®

GOP Primary Campaign Inundates South Carolina TV Viewers

Friday, January 13, 2012

With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.

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The Takeaway

Looking Ahead to the New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Now that Iowa’s critical caucus is over, attention turns to the nation’s first primary. A predominately Republican state, New Hampshire primary has held many surprises in the past, such as John McCain's overwhelming victory over George W. Bush in 2000. Former Utah Governor John Hunstman has almost solely focused on New Hampshire over the past months, and spent Tuesday evening campaigning in the New England state instead of Iowa.

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WNYC News

Gingrich Ballot Stumble In Virginia Could Be Sign Of Delegate Fight Ahead

Monday, December 26, 2011

Newt Gingrich's campaign likened his failure to make the Virginia ballot to Pearl Harbor and vowed to find "alternate methods" to compete for the state's 49 delegates.

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On The Media

Please, Watch The Debates

Friday, December 09, 2011

You can be forgiven for watching the republican presidential debates this primary season and wondering what it is all for. Canned answers.  False camaraderie.  But debates are much, much more informative than television advertising, says professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Brooke speaks with Jamieson who says the debates have informed voters and allowed candidates with little money to rise in the polls. Jamieson is the director of Factcheck.org and the new Flackcheck.org.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Egyptian elections, pressure on Iran and demonstrations in Moscow

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Iran Sanctions, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In light of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and several international partners are preparing to implement sanctions against Iran if new questions about its nuclear ambitions go unanswered.

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The Takeaway

John H. Sununu on Why He's Endorsing Romney

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mitt Romney lost the New Hampshire GOP primary to John McCain in 2008, but he's hoping 2012's primary will be different. Romney received a key endorsement from the granite state's former governor, John H. Sununu. New Hampshire will hold the first presidential primary in the nation in January after the Iowa caucuses. While Romney continues to be the front runner in the GOP race, support for the former Massachusetts governor remains tepid at best. With a history of modified positions and the albatross of "Romneycare," the Massachusetts health care reform legislation that served as a model for President Obama's health care reform, hanging around his neck, many in the GOP base question Romney's conservatism.

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The Takeaway

Tunisia Holds Its First Free Elections

Monday, October 24, 2011

Many months after a man in Tunisia set himself on fire to protest his country's lack of a viable democratic government, some 90 percent of eligible voters in the country cast their votes on Sunday. Over 4.1 million people cast their ballots in the first democratic election from the nation that ignited the Arab Spring. Early signs show that the once banned Islamist Ennahda party is leading, possibly indicating a shift for the secular nation.

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WNYC News

Tunisians Vote in First Free Election

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to elect members of an assembly that will appoint a new government and write a new constitution. The election is culmination of a popular uprising that ended decades of authoritarian rule in the country, and set off a wave of similar rebellions across the Middle East.

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Will Cain's New '9-0-9' Tax Plan Really Help The Poor?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Even with the latest change to Cain's tax reform plan, the lowest-income Americans would see their tax bills rise because they'd face a trickle-down effect from business taxes and they would still face the 9 percent sales tax, analysts say.

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