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Christie's Surprise Iowa Campaign Stop

Sunday, October 05, 2014

WNYC
Chris Christie made a stealthy stop in Iowa, expanding his role beyond campaigning for governors.

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The Takeaway

Too Little, Too Late? Santorum Declared Iowa Caucus Winner

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday South Carolina will hold the "First in the South" primary. Since 1980 the victor of the South Carolina primary has gone on to win the presidential nomination. But the Palmetto State is sharing the limelight this morning with the Hawkeye State as the miscount in Iowa has skewed the results of the first GOP caucus. Rick Santorum is now declared the winner of the Iowa Caucus by a small margin of 34 votes. But in the end does it really matter?

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The Iowa Miscount Doesn't Matter

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The probability that Rick Santorum won and not Mitt Romney made no real difference because Romney was the untouchable front runner in New Hampshire already. Santorum would not have won New Hampshire even if he had been declared the winner in Iowa.

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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

Where Do Bachmann Supporters Go From Here?

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Despite only carrying five percent of the vote in the GOP caucus, Michele Bachmann rallied a base of evangelical supporters and successfully cultivated an image of political outsider looking to clean up Washington. Now that she's out of the race, her supporters could widen the divide between GOP hopefuls. With two other candidates who are outspoken about their evangelical religious views and Paul's platform of returning to conservative ideals, there is no short supply of alternatives for former Bachmann-boosters.

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The Takeaway

A Photo-Finish for Romney in Iowa

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In one of the closet presidential contests in history, Mitt Romney was declared winner of Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses by a mere eight votes. Romney took 24.6 percent of the vote, barely edging out rival Rick Santorum, who was carried to the top of the polls with the support of evangelical Christians. Young caucus-goers helped deliver libertarian Congressman Ron Paul a close third place finish, with 21.4 percent of the vote. The night was perhaps most disappointing for one-time front-runners Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Bachmann finished last, with only five percent of the vote. Perry announced he would suspend his campaign after placing just ahead of Bachmann.

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The Takeaway

Evangelicals Push Santorum to Strong Showing

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

After months of being written off as an un-electable candidate, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum nearly won Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses, losing to Mitt Romney by just eight votes. The Santorum surge, as it has come to be known, is credited largely to the Catholic candidate's strong support from evangelical Christians. CNN exit polling found that 34 percent self-identified evangelicals caucused for Santorum Tuesday, 19 percent supported Ron Paul, and that both Romney and Newt Gingrich took 14 percent of their votes.

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The Takeaway

Flash Forward: Politics in 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The first caucus results are in, heralding the official start of the long slog toward November's big election. Although politicians always bill the election they are involved in as being a critical moment for the nation, this time it is true. At issue in the next election will be what role the federal government plays in the lives of individual Americans. President Obama and the GOP candidates have outlined starkly different views of the social contract in the United States. The potential to shape economic growth, tax policy for the government and common person, and how wealth is distributed will shape fiscal policy for the next decade.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: Three Reasons That Iowa’s Time Has Passed

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The reason Iowans don’t deserve a monopoly? No single state should have right - in perpetuity - to kick the presidential election cycle off every four years. It’s time Iowa (and, while we’re at it, New Hampshire) stood aside. Here’s why.

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The Takeaway

GOP Makes Final Appeal to Iowa Voters

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Over 100,000 voters will head to the polls on Tuesday evening to select their 2012 presidential nominee. A Des Moines Register poll conducted last week put Mitt Romney in the lead with 24 percent of GOP caucusgoers' votes, followed closely by Ron Paul at 22 percent and Rick Santorum at 15 percent. Yet only 51 percent of those surveyed were decided. 

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Transportation Nation

Romney: I'd Stop Funding Amtrak, and Have Big Bird With Ads

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mitt Romney Addressing Iowa Voters (photo: Romney campaign)

In his final rally before caucus day, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took time to say he'd cut Amtrak.

"Amtrak ought to stand on its own feet or its own wheels or whatever you'd say," Romney told a raucous crowd of several hundred at the Competitive Edge warehouse in Clive, Iowa, on Monday night.

This final speech is part of what's called a candidate's "closing arguments" to voters.

"I've got to balance the budget.  I gotta cut spending," said Romney, sounding about as folksy and riled up as he's ever been, as he heads to the caucuses in what looks like a no-lose situation:  he either wins, or Rick Santorum or Ron Paul wins, which mean Romney wins, because neither Paul or Santorum is expected to do well beyond Iowa.

Amtrak has had its highest ridership ever, but at the same time, it's been a favorite political punching bag for Republicans. (Though House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair John Mica recently had a change of heart, sort of.)  The federal government's annual subsidy is about $1.4 billion. The federal budget is about $3.5 trillion.

"I like the fact that my grand kids can watch Big Bird on TV," Romney added. "I think that’s wonderful, but because they don’t have advertising the government has to put in a check and I don’t think that’s right. So we’re going to have Big Bird with advertising probably because I don’t want to borrow money from China!"

(Special thanks to Anna Sale of Itsafreecountry.org for sending us the tape)

Listen to the relevant portion of his speech below.

Here's a transcript:

Now I’ve also got the balance the budget, I gotta cut spending, I gotta cap federal spending and then I’ve got to balance the budget now how do you go about doing that? let me tell you how I do that (unintelligible interjection)…My view is this: what you do to get our budget in line is you say this: you take all of the programs the federal government has and you say which of these programs is so critical that we gotta have it? And those things we keep but those programs that don’t pass the following test we got to get rid of.

And this is my test: is this program so critical it’s worth borrowing money from china to pay for it?

Yells NO

And on that basis we’re going to get rid of some programs, even some we like.

Now the easy ones we can get rid of, like  this one, this one I’ll get rid of on day one

Let’s get rid of Obama care, I’ll get rid of that right away.

(applause)

And there are some other things, look Amtrak ought to stand on its own feet or its own wheels or whatever you’d say. And I like the National Endowment for the Arts. And the National Endowment for the Humanities,  but I’m not willing to borrow money from China to pay for it.

I like the fact that my grandkids can watch Big Bird on TV.  I think that’s wonderful, but because they don’t have advertising the government has to put in a check and I don’t think that’s right. So we’re going to have Big Bird with advertising probably because I don’t want to borrow money from China!

(applause)

 

You guys, I just don’t think it’s moral for us as a nation to borrow money knowing that my generation will never pay it pack, and the next generation will have to pay those burdens.  It’s wrong.  We have to live within our means, and finally get America on track to a balanced budget and I will do it!

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Preview of the Iowa Caucuses

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The 2012 presidential election cycle officially kicks off tonight with the Republican caucus in Iowa. O. Kay Henderson, News Director for Radio Iowa, describes the last few days of campaigning, what’s been different about the race for this year’s caucuses, and what we can expect tonight.

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It's A Free Country ®

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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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Public Transit's Budget Squeeze, Presidential Candidates Not Talking Transpo, High-Speed Rail Protest Song Tops UK Charts

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Top stories on TN:
New York’s Lost Subways--Complete with Map and Dusty Pics (link)
NYC Tries Out First Ever Weeknight Work-Related Line Shutdown (link)
Union, Veolia Reach Deal On Long Island Bus (link)
Invasion of the Body Scanners: They’re Spreading, But Are They Safe and Effective? (link)

New York City's abandoned City Hall subway station (Courtesy of Shane Perez)

Republican candidates on the presidential trail in Iowa aren't talking transportation... (Politico)

...but they do tend to support high-speed rail. (New York Times)

Massachusetts transit officials begin a process today that could lead to the first fare hikes on the T in five years, and possible service cuts as well. (AP via Boston Globe)

Construction on Miami's Metrorail extension to Miami International Airport is almost complete, and the line will open this spring. (Miami Herald)

Direct flights from Long Island’s MacArthur Airport to Washington, D.C. will begin by the end of March for the first time in a decade. (AP via New York Daily News)

The price of oil has doubled in Nigeria, after the government ended its oil subsidy. (Marketplace)

North Dakota's oil boom is bringing lots of money into state coffers -- as well as necessitating a lot of state spending. (Minnesota Public Radio)

New York Times editorial on public transit's budget squeeze: "More people are finally realizing that public transit is a better deal than driving. The question is how we turn that into a broader cultural shift."

A high-speed rail protest song is topping the charts in Britain. Sample lyric: 30 billion is the cost, far way beyond belief/And look across my valley, it's like a pound for every leaf. (Atlantic Cities)

An exhibition about Manhattan's 200-year-old street grid is on display at the Museum of the City of New York. (New York Times)

A New Zealand company is developing technology that notifies enforcement personnel is a non-handicapped driver parks in a handicapped spot. (Gizmag)

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The Takeaway

Iowa Caucuses Set to Begin

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

After months of campaigning, 13 debates, and an unprecedented $12.5 million spent, Iowa voters will gather at caucus sites across the state Tuesday night in the first contest of the GOP presidential nomination race. Scores of voters remain undecided, as many as 41 percent in recent polls. Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney told an audience Monday, "We're going to win this thing." But Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are also mopping up in polls.

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