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Watch: Michigan Republican Presidential Debate

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

On Wednesday, November 9th, the candidates for the GOP presidential nomination debated at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.

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Watch: Republican Presidential Debate from Las Vegas

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The major GOP candidates for president (save for Jon Huntsman) gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 18th for a televised debate. The It's A Free Country politics team and your fellow WNYC political junkies watched and chatted.

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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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Watch: Republican Presidential Debate from Orlando

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On September 22nd, the Republican Party of Florida hosted a Fox News/Google debate between candidates for the GOP presidential nomination. It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale was joined by Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute, libertarian journalist Dorian Davis and fellow political junkies for a live chat.

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Video and Chat Transcript: President Obama Addresses Congress on Jobs

Thursday, September 08, 2011

On Thursday, President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress on his plans to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Watch live here, and join the It's A Free Country team and fellow WNYC fans for a live chat. Chat and speech start at 7:00pm (and will be done in time for the first NFL game of the season!)

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Watch: GOP Reagan Centennial Debate

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

On Wednesday, September 7th, candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination gathered in Simi Valley, California for a debate hosted by Politico and NBC, co-moderated by Brian Williams and John Harris.

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Live Chat: What Does It Mean To Be An Independent?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All this month, It's A Free Country's Anna Sale has been searching for the Independent Voters - that key part of the electorate that brought Obama to office in 2008 and Republicans to Congress in 2010. In 2012, they'll once again play a critical role - or they may stay home entirely. Join Anna and the rest of the IAFC politics team on Thursday, August 18th for a live chat about independent voters.

Whether you're left, right, center or everywhere, join in Thursday, August 18th at 12noon!

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Watch and Chat: First Iowa Republican Presidential Debate

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Iowa Republican Party, Fox News, and The Washington Examiner hosted the first Iowa presidential debate on Thursday, August 11th, at Iowa State University in Ames. The debate set the stage for the Ames Straw Poll to follow the next weekend, an important test for several would-be nominees in the 2012 Republican field.

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Twelve O'Clock Tuesdays: Debt Ceiling, Democracy and Obama Press Conference

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Every Tuesday at noon at It's A Free Country, we invite you to join a free-flowing political chat: Big guests, big ideas, real conversation. It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan hosts, along with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, Caitlin Thompson and others from the IAFC team. Plus, you!

Today: President Obama addresses the press at 12:15. Watch and comment, and discuss whether the system worked during the debt ceiling negotiations. Join in!

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Twelve O'Clock Tuesdays: Debt Ceiling Fallout

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Every Tuesday at noon at It's A Free Country, we invite you to join a free-flowing political chat: Big guests, big ideas, real conversation. It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan hosts, along with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, Caitlin Thompson and others from the IAFC team. Plus, you!

Today: The real-world effects of the debt ceiling debates, from treasuries to interest rates and more.

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Twelve O'Clock Tuesdays: Local Blogger Roundtable

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Every Tuesday at noon at It's A Free Country, we invite you to join a free-flowing political chat: Big guests, big ideas, real conversation. It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan hosts, along with Anna Sale, Caitlin Thompson and others from the IAFC team. Plus, you!

This Tuesday, we welcome Colby Hamilton, brand new blogger for WNYC's Empire blog, which focuses on New York City and State politics. Joining Colby are his compatriots in blogging, Azi Paybarah of The Observer's PolitickerNY blog; and Celeste Katz of the Daily News Daily Politics. We'll talk about everything local politics, from a wild legislative session in Albany, to what to expect from the special election in NY's 9th district. Plus, WNYC's Brian Lehrer joins in as well from the Varick St Studios.

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Twelve O'Clock Tuesdays: Mid-Summer Politics Chat

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Every Tuesday at noon at It's A Free Country, we invite you to join a free-flowing political chat: Big guests, big ideas, real conversation. It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan hosts, along with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, Caitlin Thompson and others from the IAFC team. Plus, you!

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Twelve O'Clock Tuesdays: What's Next For Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Every Tuesday at noon at It's A Free Country, we invite you to join a free-flowing political chat: Big guests, big ideas, real conversation. It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan hosts, along with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, Caitlin Thompson and others from the IAFC team. Plus, you!

This week, with the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in New York State, we ask what's next. Will this bolster efforts in other states, or rally opponents? Will pressure be applied at the federal level, by President Obama, or will it be decided in state legislatures? Plus, a nuts-and-bolts discussion of what changes in New York for gay couples, from taxes to benefits.

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Watch: First New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate

Monday, June 13, 2011

The first GOP debate from New Hampshire took place on Monday, June 13th. It's a Free Country contributors and readers, WNYC fans, and political junkies from around the country discussed the debate in real time.

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Live Chat: Libya Intervention 101

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday at Noon, join WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Foreign Policy's Elizabeth Dickinson, and It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan for a live chat about the Libya intervention. We'll discuss US diplomacy, the UN military strategy, and what's next in the conflict.

»» Brian Writes: Here are a few of the questions on my mind today.

  • Would Gaddafi's government simply crumble without him? If so, why not just arrest or kill HIM instead of ruining the country's military and killing OTHER people?
  • Are civilians being killed?
  • Who are these rebels we've never met and how do we know what do they want?
  • How will we know victory when we see it?
  • What's the best expert guess on how long this will take?

What basic questions do you have? Join us at noon!

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Live Chat: Egypt Context and Conversation

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Today at noon, join us for a live chat about the Egyptian protests. Brian Lehrer and It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan will be joined by two Middle East scholars - Lawrence Pintak, dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and author of The New Arab Journalist; and Stephen Zunes, chair of the program in Middle Eastern Studies at San Francisco State University.

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