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William Weld Pays Homage to Ted Kennedy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The “Lion of the Senate” was known for tussling fearlessly with all comers. He wasn’t scared to take fights right to the top, as in his famous speech in 2007 at the National Press Club, challenging President George W. Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq.

Ted Kennedy rarely backed down, and least frequently from his Republican challengers. Conservatives frequently opposed Kennedy's initiatives, but as Republicans reflect on his legacy, their respect for the late senator is clear. One such Republican, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, joins us to share his thoughts. ...(click through for the full interview transcript)

Watch a video of Senator Ted Kennedy at the National Press Club in January 2007.

 

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Governors Meet to Talk Health Care Reform

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The next two weeks may determine whether President Obama's health care reform plans go through. As the health care battle has gone to the states, many of the nation's governors (who are attending the National Governors Association this weekend) say they worry that Congress will force states to pick up extra health care expenses. Joining The Takeaway this morning with the current status of the bill is Todd Zwillich. And also joining the discussion is the new Chairman of the National Governors Associations, Jim Douglas, the Republican Governor of Vermont.

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Sarah Palin's Supporters Speak Out

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

For the most of the punditocracy, Sarah Palin’s resignation as Governor of Alaska last Friday remains a mystery. But for those on Team Sarah, her move was the right one. Joining us to discuss why Sarah Palin's move makes sense is blogger Jimmie Bise, founder of Sundries Shack, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List and co-founder of its project Team Sarah.

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What's Next for Palin? An Alaskan Reaction

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sarah Palin has been a lot of things: hockey mom, a Miss Alaska pageant winner, a high school point guard, and a Republican Vice Presidential candidate. But in a few weeks, one thing she won't be is Alaska's Governor. On Friday she surprised the nation when she announced her resignation from the post. Joining The Takeaway to discuss Alaska's reaction to the news, and to guess what Ms. Palin will do next, is Larry Persily, former aide to Governor Palin and a long-time Alaska journalist.

"She's like the college star in basketball who, junior year, looks at the pro market and decides, 'I'm out of college. I'm dropping out. I'm going to go at the height of my market. I'm turning pro.'"
—Former Palin aide Larry Persily

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What's Wrong With Our Governors?

Monday, July 06, 2009

On Friday afternoon, seemingly out of the blue, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin resigned. Her rambling announcement and strange career choice was only the latest chapter of gubernatorial follies. We discuss the political theatre with Gail Collins, a columnist for The New York Times, who wrote about Sarah Palin and her speech in her Saturday column, Sarah’s Straight Talk. Ms. Collins joins The Takeaway (again!) to review what's wrong with governors these days.

Did you miss Gail Collins' previous visit to The Takeaway to discuss gubernatorial antics? Click here!. And to find out who are listeners nominated as the worst governors in history, click here.

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Why Did Palin Quit? The View from Alaska

Monday, July 06, 2009

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin resigned late Friday afternoon with no warning. The reasons for her move remain a mystery. Is she making a play for national politics? Or is she really done with the political scene? Joining The Takeaway are Libby Casey, the Washington correspondent for Alaska Public Radio Network, and Steve Heimel, a reporter for Alaska Public Radio Network, based in Anchorage, Alaska, who are here to discuss how this resignation is resounding in both cities.

"You don't quit your good job if you don't have a game plan. But we do not know, Alaskans do not know yet what is up her sleeve and what she has in store."
— Libby Casey of Alaska Public Radio Network on Sarah Palin's resignation

If you missed her speech, here are some highlights:

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The Sanford Scandal and the Art of Forgiveness

Friday, July 03, 2009

When South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford gave his emotional confession last week – saying he was in love with a woman in Argentina – his wife, Jenny, was noticeably absent from his side. Yesterday, though, she said that her husband’s actions were “inexcusable,” but that she is willing to forgive him. To discuss whether the Sanfords' relationship can be salvaged, The Takeaway talks to Mira Kirshenbaum, couples' therapist and author of When Good People Have Affairs: Inside the Hearts & Minds of People in Two Relationships, which is coming out this month. She's also the Clinical Director of the Chestnut Hill Institute of Boston.

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Love, Sex, and Governor Sanford

Thursday, July 02, 2009

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's admissions about his private life have raised as many questions as they have eyebrows. If nothing else, the governor has sparked a conversation about sex in America. The Takeaway talks to Audacia Ray, a professor of sexuality at Rutgers University and author of Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing in on Internet Sexploration . We're also joined by Debby Herbenick a research scientist at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. Debby is the author of the forthcoming book, “Because Its Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.”

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South Carolina Women Stand with Jenny

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Over the past week we have become way too familiar with the affairs of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. But if you think the nation is consumed, just imagine how it is for South Carolina's First Lady Jenny Sanford. Luckily for Jenny, the women of South Carolina have rallied around her and offered their support — most recently in an online campaign called “Stand with Jenny.” Joining The Takeaway to discuss the campaign is Cindy Mosteller, former chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party, part of the evangelical organization that is spearheading “Stand with Jenny,” as well as Beccie Robbins, communications director for South Carolina Progressive Network.

Click here to Stand with Jenny.

"It's now to the point that I think there's strong consensus that he's unable to govern—not only within himself—but who in this state would be willing to be governed by a man acting like this?"
— Cindy Mosteller, on South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford

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Sanford's Ways and the GOP's Woes

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

As Governor Sanford stays in the headlines with new comments about his infidelity, Republicans are wincing. Sanford may not have a political future, but does his party? To look at what the recent sex scandals are doing to the Republican Party, Amity Shlaes, columnist for Bloomberg News, talks to The Takeaway.

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Sanford, Torn Between His State and His Soul Mate

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The saga of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford continues to capture the attention of his constituents, the nation, and the country of Argentina. Yesterday the wayward governor announced that his Argentine mistress was his soul mate, but that he would try to reconcile with his wife. Joining us for the latest from South Carolina is Mark Quinn, the host of South Carolina ETV and Radio’s Public Affairs Program, The Big Picture.

In the video below Sanford discusses his affair.

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Who's the Worst Governor of All Time? It's Your Call.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

In honor of scandalous South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, we want you to give out the award for Worst Governor of All Time. You can nominate Eliot Spitzer (or current NY Gov. David Paterson), or go back in history as far as you want. Whose your nominee?

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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Gail Collins vs. the "Love Govs"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The situation of admitted adulterer Governor Sanford is not unique. From Illinois to New Jersey to South Carolina to New York echoes the sound of gubernatorial apologies. New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins The Takeaway as we take an historical tour of the worst governors and their best antics.

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Don't Cry For Me, Argentina! The Sanford Scandal

Thursday, June 25, 2009

South Carolina's missing governor, Mark Sanford, returned—and brought some news. He had been in Argentina having an extramarital affair. Joining us is another South Carolinian: Mark Quinn is the host of South Carolina ETV and Radio’s Public Affairs Program, The Big Picture.

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The Sanford Affair: South Carolina's Reaction

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It was the Case of the Missing Governor. After a seven-day disappearance, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resurfaced with news that he had been in Argentina (not hiking the Appalachian Trail as his staff reported). At first he claimed he needed to “recharge” somewhere “exotic,” but at a press conference yesterday, he admitted to having an affair with a woman in Argentina. For more of the story The Takeaway turns to Yvonne Wenger, a reporter for the South Carolina Post & Courier who has been following this story.

To see Governor Sanford's comments on the affair, watch the video below.

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Where In The World Is South Carolina's Governor?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has stumped his constituents, the media, and even his wife. He disappeared for five days with no contact with his family, staff, or state leaders. While his staff claimed he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, a news report this morning says he was actually vacationing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bad geography? Or something else? Yvonne Wenger, a reporter for the South Carolina Post and Courier, joins The Takeaway with more of the story.

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The Takeaway

We Have A Winner! Deeds Wins Va. Governor Primary

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

State Senator R. Creigh Deeds won Virginia's three-way Democratic primary for governor Tuesday. Deeds’ win over former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe was something of a surprise. What is the political future of this "purple" state? The Takeaway talks to Beverly Amsler, morning anchor for WVTF radio in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Governors may reject stimulus money to the chagrin of the unemployed

Friday, February 27, 2009

Governors in nine states, mostly in the South, are thinking about rejecting millions of dollars in federal stimulus money pegged for increased unemployment insurance. Joining us this morning is Michael Luo, a New York Times writer who is reporting that many jobless people in those states are angry that they may not get benefits from the stimulus package.

Read Michael Luo's article from the New York Times at Jobless Angry at Possibility of No Benefits

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour discusses why he turned down funds for his state.

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Caroline Kennedy withdraws from race for U.S. Senate

Thursday, January 22, 2009

After an evening of conflicting reports on whether Caroline Kennedy was in or out of the race to fill Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat, late last night she officially withdrew her name citing personal reasons in her brief statement. It's a startling development for the political world and leaves many questions as to who New York Governor Paterson might ultimately choose for the Senate seat. We are joined by WNYC's state politics reporter, Elaine Rivera, who has been watching these events closely.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nick Paumgarten on Eliot Spitzer

Friday, November 30, 2007

Nick Paumgarten on Eliot Spitzer's difficult first year as Governor of New York.

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