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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Columbia to the District of Columbia

Monday, January 16, 2012

Reuters White House correspondent, Andy Sullivan, and national political reporter for POLITICO, Reid Epstein, discuss President Obama's speech on restructuring government agencies to the latest from the 2012 GOP race -- from Stephen Colbert's jumping in to Jon Huntsman's getting out.

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The Takeaway

The Agenda: South Carolina GOP Debates, Congress Returns from Recess, Earnings Reports

Monday, January 16, 2012

This week Congress returns from recess and Republican presidential hopefuls step up campaigning in South Carolina. Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, along with other major companies, will announce earning reports. Myrtle Beach's visitors bureau welcomes the six GOP candidates for a debate with a 525-ton sand sculpture of their likenesses; meanwhile, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert mulls throwing his hat into the ring.

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It's A Free Country ®

Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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The Takeaway

What Next for the Tea Party in South Carolina?

Friday, January 13, 2012

South Carolina is in many ways the epicenter of the Tea Party movement. Junior senator Jim Demint and Governor Nikki Haley were put into office by their Tea Party supporters. So next week when conservative South Carolinians go to the polls to vote in the Republican primary, their party will face their first test of solidarity.

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates Go Anti-Corporate for Anti-Romney Ads

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s ad campaign against front-runner Mitt Romney has been all about attacking his record at the private equity firm Bain Capital. Most recently, a pro-Gingrich super-PAC released a 28 minute film called "When Mitt Romney Came to Town" which portrays Romney as a "corporate raider" whose policies ran four companies into the ground for his own benefit. Given Republicans' long legacy of running on pro-business platforms and promoting laissez-faire legislation, this recent turn is highly ironic. But how the nominees are articulating these sentiments are decidedly different from their liberal counterparts.

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The Takeaway

Romney Tries to Win Over Evangelical Conservatives

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

After the Iowa caucuses, a group of high-profile conservatives sent out invitations to evangelical leaders for a gathering at the Texas ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler on January 14 and 15. The summit's purpose is to discuss which GOP candidates they will and will not be supporting in 2012. Evangelicals have been the most significant segment of the Republican base since 1992, so whoever is chosen this weekend could nail the nomination — assuming that there is a candidate they feel represents their values. Despite winning New Hampshire and Iowa, Romney could be blocked due to his Mormonism and weak social conservatism.

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The Takeaway

Voters Discuss Past and Future GOP Races

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three voters give their thoughts on the past two tests of presidential mettle and on what lies ahead. When Iowan Brad Cranston last joined the program, he was disappointed by Bachmann withdrawing her bid but was shifting towards Santorum. Staunch Gingrich supporter and New Hampshire resident Karen Gallant — who lived in Massachusetts during Romney's governorship — remains unimpressed by the GOP frontrunner. And South Carolinian Karen Martin is currently unenthusiastic about any candidate.

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The Takeaway

Romney Takes Decisive Win in New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Despite focusing all of his campaign's attention on New Hampshire instead of Iowa, former U.S. ambassador to China John Huntsman came in third in Tuesday's primary. Independent favorite Ron Paul took second place with 23 percent of the vote while Iowa caucus victor Mitt Romney won a comfortable lead at 39 percent. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the politics website for our co-producer WNYC, give their thoughts on what these results mean for the rest of the GOP race.

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The Takeaway

The Rise of the Super PAC

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

As a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, rules regarding corporate and union campaign spending were significantly eased. Super PAC ads are more strongly-worded and less accurate, largely because the third party groups funding them are harder to track down than something funded directly by a candidate's campaign. Though they are not limited to one party by nature, their role in the Republican race has been striking: ads run by pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC "Restore Our Future" are widely credited with reversing Newt Gingrich's lead in Iowa.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Are Bain, 'Fire' Comments Enough to Derail Romney?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Josh Rogers, political reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, and Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, talked about Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and the last-minute challenges for Mitt Romney.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Giving Up on Congress is Obama's Best Decision

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The President saw he had spent too much of 2011 trying to find a sensible seat at John Boehner's Mad Tea Party. Instead, he walked away from their table. It's been the best decision he's made for his re-election prospects.

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The Takeaway

What's So Funny About Politics?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

While the most recent leg of the 2012 GOP campaign trail has been marked by eight vote leads, libertarian bluster, and plays to religion, it can also be defined by a lack of one key political ingredient: humor. The seriousness of all the candidates thus far has left voters on both sides of the aisle yearning for effortlessly funny former frontrunners like Bob Dole and John McCain. And, as Pete Dominick, comedian and CNN contributor has noted, boring politics makes for bad politics.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Why Dixville Notch Votes at Midnight

Monday, January 09, 2012

Thanks to a latex pioneer who lived to be 102 years old, the tiny village of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire (pop. 9) is the first community to cast its ballots in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.

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It's A Free Country ®

Paul, Santorum and Huntsman: The Final Sell Before NH

Monday, January 09, 2012

Two hope to keep their surprising momentum going, while a third looks for his big break.

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Opinion: A Last Look at the Romney 'Slide' in New Hampshire

Monday, January 09, 2012

A tracking poll shows Romney sliding. Is this the Iowa roller coaster all over again?

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the Weekend's GOP Debates

Monday, January 09, 2012

There were two debates over the weekend: the ABC/Yahoo debate Saturday night, and the "Meet the Press" debate on Sunday morning. Whether any particular candidate's performance will reinvigorate their campaign or guarantee them solid lead in Tuesday's primary remains uncertain. But during both debates, it became clear that Iowa caucus victor Mitt Romney was a target.

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The Takeaway

What's in Store for the New Hampshire GOP Primary?

Monday, January 09, 2012

In Iowa, Mitt Romney just squeaked by, winning the state's caucus with an eight vote margin over former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum's late in the game surge from behind. But New Hampshire is a different ballgame. Romney, former Governor of neighboring Massachusetts has had a near hometown advantage in the Granite State. He has been leading in the polls for weeks and is not letting up heading into tomorrow's primary vote. 

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It's A Free Country ®

NBC New Hampshire Debate from NH: Watch Video, Chat Transcript

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Remember when they Republican candidates got together for a debate last night in New Hampshire? Well they did it again this morning! NBC hosted a brunch-time debate at 9am Sunday morning - and the It's A Free Country politics team and your fellow WNYC fans live chatted as we watched the debate. NBC is re-airing the debate, so you can fix yourself a bloody mary and watch below!

It's A Free Country ®

ABC GOP Debate from New Hampshire: Watch Highlights, Chat Transcript

Saturday, January 07, 2012

On Saturday night the remaining GOP hopefuls gathered in Manchester, New Hampshire for the first debate after the Iowa caucus -- and only three days before the New Hampshire primary. The It's A Free Country politics team and your fellow WNYC fans for a live chatted the debate. Relive the debate magic by reading the chat below!

 

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Romney's Lead Isn't Safe in New Hampshire

Friday, January 06, 2012

New Hampshire poses a much bigger threat to the Republican Party's struggle to designate a Presidential nominee than we thought.

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