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From 9-9-9 To Immigration: Fact-Checking The GOP's Nevada Debate

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas: PolitiFact offers a reality check on squads some of the candidates' statements from the GOP debate.

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WNYC News

Debate Does Nothing To Derail Romney's 'Kudzu Campaign'

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mitt Romney continued his dogged, incremental pursuit of the White House on Tuesday night, dominating the GOP presidential debate on the economy. The man once touted as his most formidable opponent was barely a factor.

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The Takeaway

With Christie Out of the Race, Is it Time for an Independent?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though he never affirmed his intent to seek the Republican nomination for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended all speculation that he may run yesterday. "Now is not my time," Christie said in a nationally televised news conference. The decision surely left many Republicans disappointed. With many feeling doubtful about the Republican candidates, and President Obama's approval rating dropping, is this the perfect time for an independent candidate to jump in?

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The Takeaway

Candidates Vie for New Hampshire Independent Votes

Thursday, August 18, 2011

With a state motto like "Live Free or Die," you might expect that New Hampshire has a fair number of independent voters. That’s what prompted Anna Sale reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website of our co-producer WNYC — to report from there. Sale has been on the road speaking to independent voters across the country, in an attempt to gauge which direction this large and crucial demographic is leaning as we approach the 2012 presidential election. She’s spent the last few days in New Hampshire, focusing on how Republicans and Democrats are attempting to capture the independent vote there.

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The Takeaway

Asian Markets Get Boost from Thai Election

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The youngest sister of Thailand’s ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra is poised to become the country’s sixth leader in under five years. Introducing herself to our partner the BBC as "just a simple lady, and a lady that will be willing and sincere to help the country," Yingluck Shinawatra is Thailand's president-elect following Sunday's elections, which gave a resounding win to the Puea Thai political party. 

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Afghanistan, Debt, Republicans

Monday, June 27, 2011

Robert Gates will step down as Secretary of Defense this week, with Leon Panetta taking over. Panetta will have a lot on his plate, starting with the start of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan later this week. Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at what obstacles are in store for Panetta as he begins his reign as Defense Secretary. 

President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders to try and come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, or face going into default. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at the economic effects this on-going debate could have if a conclusion is not reached soon. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Budding Tunisian Democracy

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Middle East correspondent for the French daily, Le Figaro, Delphine Minoui, discusses the changes in Tunisia since the January revolution and the political dynamics of the upcoming election.

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The Takeaway

Why New Hampshire Matters for 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Republican presidential hopefuls debated last night in New Hampshire, one of the early states that is important to win in the primaries along with Iowa. The two states are the first to hold presidential contests. The influence of Iowa and New Hampshire have made candidates pander to those states' needs, which can be markedly different than the needs of the majority of the United States. David Leonhardt, economics columnist for The New York Times explains.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: GOP Debate, Economy, Netroots

Monday, June 13, 2011

The GOP will see it's first major debate with all its prominent players in New Hampshire today. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are all expected to participate. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, is most interested in how Bachmann and Santorum try to "out-conservative" each other to gain the following of those who don't support Mitt Romney. A topic that will surely be a key part of the debate will be the poor state of the economy. A set of key economic indicators is set to be released this week. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, is expecting retail sales to fall, and a stock market finishing down for six weeks in a row is certainly not helping either. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Designing Clearer Ballots

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Assemblyman from New York's 74th district Brian Kavanagh discusses legislation he is unveiling today to overhaul the NYS ballot, making it easier to read and use correctly. Also joining us is Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, Larry Norden.

→ Read More, Listen, See an Interactive Ballot, and Add Your Comments at It's A Free Country

WNYC News

City Holds Do-Over in Community Education Council Elections

Thursday, May 12, 2011

After being harshly criticized for bungling this year's community education council elections, the city has announced a do-over.

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The Takeaway

Frustrated Voters Recall Mayors Online

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In 2008, much was made about how the Obama campaign’s mastery of social media helped catapult a young, relatively unknown senator into the White House. But three years later, voters are harnessing the power of social media not to put candidates into office, but to "throw the bums out." Recall elections have gone viral, and angry voters throughout the country are using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to drive recall efforts against unpopular politicians.

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The Takeaway

What to Expect From Egyptian Elections

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Egyptians approved a referendum on constitutional changes over the weekend and ushered in a new era in the country, which will begin with parliamentary and presidential elections. The old ruling party and the Muslim Brotherhood seem to have the advantage heading into elections, but that could all change in an instant.

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The Takeaway

Sen. Ensign, Just One of Many Lawmakers Planning Retirement

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced his pending retirement yesterday, saying he would not run in the 2012 election. The announcement came to the obvious relief of many of his colleagues — Sen. Ensign is currently being investigated for an alleged affair with a former staffer. But he's not the only lawmaker planning to sit out the coming election; seven others have also announced plans to get out of politics, or at least, government. Joining us to talk about the other lawmakers who are retiring, and how that may challenge party strategy, is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ugandan Elections

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News talks about the recent reelection of Ugandan President Museveni.

Will demonstrations spread to Sub-Saharan Africa?

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WNYC News

Rangel Files Paperwork for 2012 Re-election Bid

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Congressman Charles Rangel plans to run for re-election in 2012 despite his conviction on House ethics charges.

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New York's Chief Justice Pledges to Provide Lawyers for Homeowners in State Address

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The state's chief justice wants to make sure homeowners facing foreclosure can get a lawyer, even if they can't afford one. Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman made his comments during his annual State of the Judiciary speech in Albany on Tuesday.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Ivory Coast on the Brink, Morning Headlines

Friday, December 31, 2010

After weeks of political anticipation and unrest over a disputed election, Ivory Coast now seems thoroughly on the brink; of what, no-one is quite sure. 

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The Takeaway

Ivory Coast Leader Defies UN's Demands to Step Down

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The West African country of Ivory Coast has been on the brink of civil war since incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo lost November’s democratically held elections to Alassane Ouattara, by 8 percent of the vote. With the backing of the nation’s army and much of its population, Gbagbo has refused the UN's ultimatum for a “last chance” to peacefully step down.

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It's A Free Country ®

A Brief History of Campaign Finance (and Why It Matters)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that limiting corporate spending on political campaigns was a violation of free speech rights. In the elections last month, we saw our first example of just what that ruling brings to the process -- but many questions about the long-term ramifications on democracy still remain.  

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