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The Takeaway

Paul Ryan Budget Creates Friction in Congressional Race

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Criticisms over the Paul Ryan budget's steep cuts to Medicare have made it a talking point for Democrats in tough Senate and House races across the country. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich took an in-depth look at the impact of the Paul Ryan budget on local races for a special airing Thursday night on PBS's NewsHour.

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It's A Free Country ®

Christie Moonlighting as GOP Campaigner

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WNYC

Fresh off his National Republican convention keynote address, N.J. Governor Chris Christie — who recently described himself as the third most important Republican after Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — is hitting the campaign trail for Republicans in key swing states.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Craig Unger on Boss Rove

Monday, September 10, 2012

Investigative reporter Craig Unger discusses the comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, the brilliant political operator whose partisanship earned him the moniker “Bush’s Brain.” Unger’s book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power is detailed account of how Rove has quietly become the greatest Republican power broker in the country, able to mobilize immense sums through the SuperPAC American Crossroads and similar organizations, and channel that money on behalf of Republican candidates.

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WNYC News

Local Religious Leader Gives Opening Invocation at GOP Convention

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On Tuesday, New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he will be giving the closing prayer at both the Democratic and Republican conventions. But another, less well-known local religious leader is also playing a prominent role in Tampa.

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It's A Free Blog

Meme Patrol: The GOP's Herman and Eddie Munster Ticket

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ryan, with his porcelain-pale skin, deep-set eyes and a pronounced widow's peak, has long been snarked as an Eddie Munster lookalike. Paired with Romney's long-faced, patrician features, the instant invention of a new meme — Herman and Eddie Munster in 2012! - was inevitable.

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It's A Free Country ®

Romney Set to Clinch Required Delegates

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The faceoff between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has already entered the ugly and negative phase, so it may be hard to believe that Romney is just set to accrue the required delegates to secure the nomination with the results in Texas today.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Romney's Bully Image Runs Deeper Than 'Haircut' Story

Friday, May 11, 2012

Republicans have chosen a man whose behavior, demeanor and record makes us believe he could be the bully his old friends described.

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It's A Free Country ®

Another End for Newt: No More Secret Service

Friday, April 27, 2012

Newt Gingrich is losing his Secret Service protection a few days shy of his announcement officially ending his campaign, NBC News reported Thursday night. That comes a week after the conservative Taxpayers Protection Alliance called for Gingrich to surrender Secret Service protection last week, saying his campaign didn't warrant the cost.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Messy, Inconsistent End to the Gingrich Campaign

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The media has largely ignored Newt Gingrinch's presidential campaign this month, unless you count headlines generated when a penguin bit his finger at a St. Louis zoo stop.

But Gingrich is still campaigning for president, even though he is out of money and lagging far back in the polls. He made stops in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York ahead of primaries there today.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: NY/CT Republicans

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The primary season wheel has stopped on the tri-state area. New York or Connecticut Republicans call in to report which candidate got their vote in today's primary election, plus their picks for Romney's veep.

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The Takeaway

The Romney Campaign's Image Makeover

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's no secret that Mitt Romney has a bit of an image problem with the American public. In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released late last month, the presumed Republican nominee had the lowest favorability rating of any major Presidential contender since the poll's launch. But in the past week, the campaign has begun to reorient itself. Explaining the Romney campaign's reorientation is Anna Sale, reporter for It's A Free Country, and Ron Christie, republican strategist and Takeaway contributor.

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It's A Free Country ®

Post Campaign, the Cain Train Rolls On in New York

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Herman Cain explains how he's trying to close the GOP's enthusiasm gap, and what was behind that bizarre rabbit ad.

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The Takeaway

Catching Up With Herman Cain

Thursday, April 12, 2012

He may no longer be making headlines or dropping one-liners at the debates, but former GOP front-runner Herman Cain is still an active presence in the Republican Party. The "Hermanator" spoke last night at an event sponsored by the Columbia University College Republicans. Stephen Reader, contributor to It's A Free Country, spoke with the GOP star about his campaign, the remaining Republican field, and his series of controversial YouTube videos.

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WNYC News

Romney Sweeps Primaries

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Mitt Romney has won the Wisconsin primary. And that means he's gone three for three over chief GOP rival Rick Santorum in Tuesday's contests.

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The Takeaway

What Happens if Mitt Romney Loses Wisconsin?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tonight's primary results may ultimately decide the fate of the GOP nomination contest. If Mitt Romney wins Wisconsin, he may effectively seal the deal and his inevitability will likely go unquestioned. But if Rick Santorum can pull out a victory in the Badger State, all eyes will be on the nominating contest in the former Senator's home state of Pennsylvania three weeks later. We're joined by Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Republican Strategist and Takeaway Contributor Ron Christie.

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The Takeaway

What Does Transparency Tell Us About a Presidential Campaign?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

All presidential campaigns have to report expenditures of $200 or more, and they'll all throw in some token small stuff, but no one takes campaign finance disclosures more seriously than the campaign of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Every bank fee, refueling, and purchase of morning coffee is reported in the Paul campaign's FEC reports. How do the other major candidates compare to the Paul campaign? Kim Barker, reporter for ProPublica, explains what a campaign's transparency tells us about the candidate.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Mitt Romney Inevitability Playlist

Friday, March 30, 2012

George H.W. Bush quoted Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" when suggesting that the not-Romneys drop out. Here are several other songs that the Romney camp could use as exit music for the other candidates.

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It's A Free Country ®

Photo ID Law Comes to Swing State of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in the presidential primary in Pennsylvania on April 24. These primary voters will be greeted by a coming change in Pennsylvania election law. They’ll be asked to show photo ID before they cast their vote. 

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It's A Free Country ®

Fundraising Falters, but Paul, Supporters Look to Convention

Thursday, March 22, 2012

If he could run on enthusiasm alone, Paul would be riding high. But when it comes to cash, all signs point to Ron Paul’s well drying up, slowly but surely.

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It's A Free Country ®

Party Undisciplined: Where are the GOP's Elders?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

If we’ve learned one thing about the Republicans in the Obama era, the GOP is no longer the party of party loyalty.

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