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Watch: Republican Presidential Debate on Economy in New Hampshire

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Tuesday, October 11th, Bloomberg and the Washington Post hosted a GOP debate focused on the US economy. The debate took place at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

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Can Republicans Win Latino Voters in 2012?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I think the hope in the Obama administration is that in fact the Republican rhetoric will drive Latinos to vote for Obama...It's not clear they'll have many places to go besides Obama.

—  President and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, Angelo Falcón, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Flexing the Money Muscle: Candidates Disclose Fundraising Totals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Here comes the money! Candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have reported their earnings from the three-month fundraising quarter that ended last week.

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Matt Bai On Life After Christie Says No

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

There’s a fading obsession here among insider Republicans with trying to find some sort of white knight to come in and save that day, and I think Christie was probably the last of that genre.

—  Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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With Christie Out, Who Will GOP Voters Favor?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended all speculation that he may run for president yesterday, saying "now is not my time" in a nationally televised news conference. Republicans are now back to picking a candidate from those who are officially in the running. But are Republican voters happy with those candidates?

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He's Out: What Christie's Decision Not to Run Means for the Rest of the Pack

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Standing alone at a podium in his office in Trenton, Gov. Chris Christie said that he's not running for president in 2012, once and for all.

“Now is not my time,” Christie said. “I know not everyone agrees with my decision, but my loyalty to this state is what it is.” Christie said that his commitment to New Jersey was what overrode the draw toward a presidential bid.

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From Christie to Wall Street, All Eyes on New York

Monday, October 03, 2011

We've seen the kind of trouble Rick Perry has gotten into for the very acceptable position he takes in Texas on immigration: It is almost disqualifying for him in these primaries, and I think Chris Christie could face a very similar process.

— USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Perry Criticized Over Offensively Named Hunting Ground

Monday, October 03, 2011

Over the weekend, a front-page article in The Washington Post criticized Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, whose family's hunting lodge was formerly known by a racially charged epithet. Other GOP candidates have already been vocal in criticizing Perry. Herman Cain told Fox News on Sunday, "I think it shows a lack of sensitivity."

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Bill O'Reilly on Lincoln, Obama, and the GOP Candidates

Monday, October 03, 2011

In 1865, the Civil War came to a close. But just six days after the confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee surrendered, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC. It’s a story that most Americans know, but Bill O’Reilly has some new perspective on these historic events. O'Reilly, the host of Fox News's "The O’Reilly Factor," is also a former high school history teacher, a hobby historian, and co-author of a new book called "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever."

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Florida May Hold Early Primary Election

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Presidential candidates put a lot of effort into strategizing their election campaigns, and timing is an important part of that. Republican candidates could find their carefully arranged schedules completely flipped tomorrow, if Florida decides to move its primary election to January 31 — a month earlier than party leaders expected. This could result in other states changing the dates of their primaries, including the traditional early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

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In Soaring Speech, Christie Won't Rule Out Run

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

He’s said over and over (and over again) that he’s not running for president this year, but in front of a sold out audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Gov. Chris Christie chose not be so direct. Instead, the governor of state gave a soaring speech that pointed to the ways bipartisan domestic policy achievements are an essential plank of foreign policy – a framing that would fit nicely should he decide to make the case a governor with 20 months on the job has the experience necessary to lead America on a global stage.

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Chris Christie Probably Isn't Running for President, but Speculation Pays

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jersey Republicans raised almost $2.5 million in the first half of 2011, beating their Democratic counterparts by a margin of more than 2-to-1. It's hard to understate Governor Chris Christie's influence on these numbers—mere speculation about a presidential run is a guaranteed money-maker.

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Is Chris Christie Reconsidering a Presidential Bid?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said for months he will not run for president in 2012. But some Republicans have made it clear they would support his bid. As Christie continues to air ads that attempt to boost his approval ratings, with messages like "the model for the way forward," there is speculation that Christie may change his mind. Many eyes will be upon him tonight, as he makes a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and continues his three-state tour of Missouri, Colorado, and California, to raise funds for his party.

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Politics This Week: Questions About Christie and the Government Shutdown Showdown

Monday, September 26, 2011

It just underscores how dissatisfied Republicans are with their field as it stands...I see this every four years it seems—the party that's trying to take back the White House is unhappy with their candidates—but this time it's really striking.

— New York Times national correspondent Jackie Calmes on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Three Ways the Parties Can Agree on Reducing the Debt and Saving America

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One might argue that if both sides show a little willingness to buck partisan conventions and negotiate, it would be good for both the budget and approval deficits. But maybe there are places that Dems and the GOP can agree beyond trading away their core values.

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HPV Vaccine Issue for GOP

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

With the GOP divided over the HPV vaccine issue that has come up in the presidential primary race, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine Ryan Lizza discusses the politics of both sides.

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Opinion: Watching the GOP Debate—A Visit to The Twilight Zone

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The rival candidates and audience turned on Rick Perry, the frontrunner with deep Tea Party support, for his claim that if you're a young person in this country, regardless of your last name, you should have the chance to contribute to society rather than be a drag on it. He was booed.

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Republicans Face Off in Tea Party Debate

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The GOP presidential candidates faced off last night before an audience of 1,000 Tea Party activists in Tampa, Florida. Gov. Rick Perry, who has surged to the front of the race since entering last month, faced heavy scrutiny from his seven challengers over his record as governor of Texas, including a state order to vaccinate girls against HPV and college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants. Mitt Romney, the other front runner, criticized Perry over his past assertion that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme."

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What Romney's Pawlenty Endorsement Means

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tim Pawlenty's endorsement of Mitt Romney makes no sense—unless you're Tim Pawlenty. 

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Politics at the Polls: The Photo ID Requirement to Vote in South Carolina

Monday, September 12, 2011

South Carolina is one of five states that passed new photo ID requirements for voting since the start of 2011, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (Governors vetoed similar bills in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Minnesota.). Advocates for the bill in South Carolina, including Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, say the law is to protect the integrity of state elections. Critics, however, say that there has not been a single documented case of voter impersonation at the polls, the kind of fraud photo identification requirements will address.

Now, the Obama administration's Justice Department has weighed in, questioning whether the new law creates undue burdens minority voters. That sets up a legal confrontation about voting access and states rights that will unfold in the shadow of the 2012 presidential campaign, and directly impact who can cast a vote in South Carolina's decisive early primary elections.

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