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With Romney in Lead, LDS Leaders Launch Mormon Marketing Campaign

Friday, January 06, 2012

According to a June Gallup poll, 18 percent of Republicans say that they would not vote for a Mormon. But for their part, Mormon GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are often quiet about their faith. Both know they need the GOP evangelical base, many of whom are fearful of the Mormon Church and don't believe Mormons are true Christians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently launched a $4.6 million ad campaign to combat that sentiment, showing members who come from all walks of life.

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Opinion: Iowa Did its Duty!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In Iowa if you “can’t make it here you probably can’t make it anywhere” is the general principle. Think it’s going to be easier running a campaign in 11 Super Tuesday states?

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Opinion: Where the 2012 Campaigns Go From Here

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A sixth place showing should have been Waterloo for the girl from Waterloo.  Instead, she vowed to head to South Carolina (Santorum, in a nice touch, made clear New Hampshire was next). After being burned by unlimited and anonymous negative campaign funding, Gingrich may just become the newest ally to overturn Citizens United.

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Opinion: For the Back of the Pack, it's Decision Day

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

While many focus on who the winner of the Iowa Caucus will be later this evening, the true question to be answered is whether certain candidates ranking near the bottom in the minds of voters will get the message that their best course of action is to drop out.

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After Bachmann, A Look at the When and Why to Call it Quits

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Following her sixth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses last night, in which she only got five percent of the vote, Michele Bachmann announced this morning that she's ending her campaign for president.

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Opinion: What To Expect Out Of Iowa

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Opening day rarely decides the baseball season. Opening night isn't the entire run of a Broadway show. But these first public moments do help shape the next steps.

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Poll: Who Will Win the Iowa Caucuses?

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

How will the Iowa caucuses shake out? You tell us.

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The Final Pitch in Iowa, by Air and on the Ground

Monday, January 02, 2012

For Republican hopefuls, it's the final full day of campaigning in Iowa. And at least in the television ads the candidates are putting their names and faces to, it's all positive in their final pitches.

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Opinion: Is Ron Paul Racist?

Monday, January 02, 2012

Ron Paul’s comments on race should disqualify him from holding the most powerful job in the world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fannie, Freddie, and Private Equity

Monday, December 19, 2011

New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera discusses news about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and explains what private equity firms actually do--all in the context of the GOP race.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Final Pre-Iowa Debate Recap

Friday, December 16, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, and Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discuss what went down at last night's GOP debate - the last before the Iowa caucuses.

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WNYC News

Gingrich Assailed by Debate Rivals, Fights Back

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich clashed sharply with one rival, took pains to compliment another and said it was laughable for any of them to challenge his conservative credentials Thursday night in the last campaign debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses kick off the 2012 primary season.

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Read: Chat Transcript From GOP Iowa Debate

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The final GOP debate before the Iowa Caucus is tonight at 9pm from Souix City. Join the It's A Free Country politics team - and you fellow WNYC fans - for a live chat. Watch and add your comments in real time, all you need is a computer and a love of politics!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Keeping Latino Voters Away from the GOP?

Monday, December 12, 2011

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, Matt Barreto, advisor to impreMedia/Latino Decisions polling and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, discussed the findings of a new poll, which suggests that Latino voters do not care as much about religion or social issues as previously thought.

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Trump Blows More Smoke About Presidential Bid, But is There a Fire?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A series of e-mails from the tax-exempt 527 group "Should Trump Run?" is attempting to stoke new speculation about—and donations to—another campaign for The Donald.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Liking Newt, Warts and All

Monday, December 05, 2011

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, Georgia-based conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency, Matt Towery, and contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, Eleanor Clift, talked about the resurgence of Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The Takeaway

As Cain Suspends Campaign, Newt Moves Forward

Monday, December 05, 2011

Over the weekend a new poll conducted by The Des Moines Register found Newt Gingrich in the lead, with the support of 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. The poll was conducted before Herman Cain suspended his candidacy on Saturday, and it gave stark evidence of the former Godfather CEO's fall from favor: Cain was tied with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for last place. With Cain’s campaign on hold, and the Iowa Caucus just a month away, Republican presidential candidates are competing for the backing of his former supporters.  

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Opinion: Cain Finished After Latest Sex Scandal

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I've been open about my long-time admiration and respect for Herman Cain. I defended him against dubious charges of sexual harassment—and I would defend him from those charges still. But the latest charges, of an affair, are something different entirely.

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The Takeaway

Cain Denies Affair With Atlanta Woman

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

After weeks of deflecting allegations of sexual harassment from four different women, Herman Cain is back on the defensive after an Atlanta woman claimed she carried on a 13-year affair with the Republican presidential candidate on Monday. Ginger White, an unemployed single mother, told a FOX affiliate in Atlanta she decided to come forward after being bothered by how the other woman who had accused Cain of sexual harassment were "demonized." Cain admitted to knowing the woman during an appearance on CNN, but strongly denied an affair took place.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

GOP Foreign Policy Debate Round-Up

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the Takeaway, and Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, discuss last night's GOP debate and go through what the candidates did and didn't say about foreign policy.

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