The Takeaway

GOP Suffers in Polls Over Budget Battle Tactics

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The shutdown may be over, and the debt ceiling raised for now, but the effects of the last two weeks could be long-lasting—both economically and politically. Americans are not happy with the shutdown and they are blaming Republicans—at least that’s what the latest polling data suggests. Gary Langer runs Langer Research Associates, a nonpartisan polling group that directs polling for ABC News. He explains the latest findings.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Latest on the Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Fight

Friday, October 11, 2013

NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith discusses the latest GOP proposal to temporarily end the standoff over raising the debt ceiling and if the Democrats and White House will accept.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 9, Glimmers of Hope?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Slate's David Plotz and Dave Weigel discuss possible movement in the shutdown and debt ceiling standoff.


Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 4 of the Government Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013

Slate's John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the progress, or lack thereof, in the budget negotiations.


Slate Political Gabfest

Gabfest Extra: Day 2 of the Government Shutdown

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Slate's John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the likelihood of progress in the budget negotiations.


The Takeaway

As Sen. Ted Cruz Enters Hour 16, The GOP's In-Fighting Worries Some Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.

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The Takeaway

GOP Divided Over Obamacare

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Congress is at war again, but this time the fighting isn't between Republicans and Democrats. With just a few days to go until August recess, the GOP is deeply divided over whether to threaten to shut down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains.

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: The GOP

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820 

2012 was a disappointing year for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate have prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates? Our debaters are David Brooks, Mickey Edwards, Laura Ingraham, and Ralph Reed.



The Takeaway

House G.O.P. Holds Closed-Door Meeting to Discuss Fate of Immigration Overhaul

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Last month, the Senate passed a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and passed it on to the House of Representatives. Today House Republicans will hold a closed-door meeting to discuss their own bill. U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold is a Republican representing Texas’s 27th district, which is 49 percent Hispanic. Congressman Farenthold joins us to discuss the major points of this closed-door meeting.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Frank Rich on Race and the GOP

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New York writer-at-large Frank Rich discusses the Republican strategy to convince mainstream America that it is still the party of Lincoln, even as it fails to win over black voters. In his article “White Wash,” in the May 13 issue of New York magazine, he looks at how the GOP is attempting to remake its image by spinning its racial history.

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Corruption Arrests Turns Spotlight on GOP Nominating Process

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The arrest of six people for conspiring to sell a spot on the GOP ballot for mayor is focusing new attention on the Republican nominating process. 


Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Extreme Makeover (GOP Edition)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, appearing before a live audience at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca, discuss the GOP’s autopsy report on the 2012 election, and the gender politics of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In.


The Brian Lehrer Show


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Republican leaders have issued a blistering 100-page assessment of their party. Reihan Salam, writer for the National Review's "The Agenda" policy blog, discusses the report about how to regroup for 2016--and how better to do outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and young people.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whither Conservatism?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and Politico columnist, talks about CPAC 2013 and the debate over the future of the GOP and conservatism.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

CPAC and GOP's Future; STEM Learning; East Flatbush Unrest

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Conservative Political Action Conference is underway. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review discusses the conference and what it signals about the future of the GOP. Plus: Promoting STEM learning; more reaction to the first Jesuit pope; a forum on the unrest in East Flatbush following the shooting of Kimani Gray; and Twenty Minutes in Manhattan.

On The Media

Should Republican Politicians Quit their Fox Addiction?

Friday, December 14, 2012

With the fiscal-cliff fight in its umpteenth week, Republicans want House Speaker John Boehner to sell his fiscal cliff solutions outside the safe confines of Fox News. Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins talks to Brooke about the GOP strategists who want their party to diversify their media appearances.

Archers of Loaf - Mark Price P.I.

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New Jersey News

Christie: Both Parties Fail Cities

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie blasted both political parties on Tuesday for "failed leadership" when it comes to America's cities. 



Unearthing a Song's Lost Lyric

Friday, October 05, 2012


Songwriter Cole Porter had a brilliant way with words.  So when I was listening to the lyrics of "You're the Top" from the musical “Anything Goes,” I got to wondering about the rhyme, and what made Porter equate GOP with "flop"?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Prep: 15 Things to Read, See and Hear About Paul Ryan

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan for his vice presidential pick. Reihan Salam of the National Review will be discussing the pick on Monday's Brian Lehrer show. In the meantime, here's some background reading on Ryan.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Influential Karl Rove

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger traces Karl Rove’s influence on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign through the money he has raised with a network of super-PACs and nonprofits—a figure approaching $1 billion—and through his allies in advisory positions on the campaign. His article “Boss Rove” appears in the September 2012 issues of the magazine. Craig Unger's book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power will be published by Scribner in September.

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