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Recapping the GOP Debate with Reihan Salam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The Agenda," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Five Things We Learned from the GOP Field This Weekend

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Five Republican presidential candidates gathered at a forum in South Carolina on Labor Day to field questions in a pre-debate warm-up. Here are five things we learned.

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Endorsementpalooza Rolls On

Friday, September 02, 2011

The 2012 campaign is well under way, and while most politicians in Washington haven't decided which candidate to support, some have joined droves of state legislators, entertainers and activists in endorsing a candidate.

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Opinion: Perry Has Disrupted Bachmann, Romney Ties to Tea Party

Thursday, September 01, 2011

There is no one Tea Party, and they have no formal political party structure or candidates. They are a movement and as such they are fluid, unpredictable, and very subject to the whims of small factions.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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2012 Candidates Praise Gadhafi's Fall, But Not U.S. Involvement

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This president decided to follow, rather than lead... so he can't sit back now and claim 'look how well our strategy worked.'

- Presidential hopeful Herman Cain

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

[Huntsman]'s starting to have fun with it, and when you're at 2.2 percent in the polls, you can do that...He's making the case that if his party wants to have a real shot at winning in the fall, you can't go with Michele Bachmann, you can't go with Rick Perry.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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In Poll, New Yorkers Give Obama Worst Marks Ever, Want Giuliani in 2012 Race

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The president's job performance rating fell to a new low among New Yorkers in August, according to a recent Siena Poll. But the survey also showed that New Yorkers would still elect Barack Obama over any Republican hopeful.

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How This Weekend Changed the Republican Race

Monday, August 15, 2011

Connecting [Michele Bachmann's] ideas very specifically with the jobs crisis hasn't been her strong suit so far; that's something she'll have to demonstrate in the very near future, or she's going to be seen as a less viable candidate, particularly as someone else with populist credentials enters the Republican presidential fray.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Why Ames was a Win for Ron Paul (Not Bachmann) and Where the GOP Race Goes Now

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All Bachmann did was hold on to a tenuous first place in a rapidly changing and dangerous environment. Ron Paul may have actually “won” the straw poll because it’s an expectations game.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Scoring the Iowa Debate - Bachmann Makes Good, Palin Wins in Absentia

Friday, August 12, 2011

I blogged the Ames debate live for WNYC, New York and I came away with the following observations.

First, the debate was way too long. In Operas you have an intermission and then resume the show – my dad always fell asleep in the second half. In debates ...

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The GOP Debate in Iowa: Where They Disagreed

Friday, August 12, 2011

While the pointed sparring between Minnesotans Michele Bachmann and former Governor Tim Pawlenty drew the most headlines after the GOP debate, there's was just one of many disagreements among the eight Republican candidates on stage in Ames, Iowa. 

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Religion to Resentment: Michele Bachmann's Appeal

Thursday, July 21, 2011

How is it that Michele Bachmann, a candidate who rose to prominence in Minnesota state politics based in large part on her outspoken stand against gay marriage, who went to a Christian law school that was the pre-cursor to Pat Robertson’s Regents University, who’s said God called her to run for Congress and called herself a “fool for Christ” while addressing a church during her first campaign – how is she not getting boxed in as a social issues candidate?

Because her central talking point isn’t so much a policy position—on budgets or social issues—but an attitude of alienation and anger.

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Michele Bachmann Rises in the Polls; Takes Heat Over Migraines

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann acknowledged earlier this week that she suffers from chronic migraine attacks, a familiar problem for the 36 million other Americans that experience them. But some people are now speculating as to whether or not Bachmann's migraines might interfere with her ability to do her job. This kind of talk could amount to a minor setback for Bachmann's campaign, considering some polls show she's the front runner for the Republican bid for president.

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Michael Eric Dyson: Marriage Pledge

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There's no question that African American families are under assault and that the marriageable pool index of Black people is being undermined by what--over-incarceration of Black men. Black women are being left alone because many Black men are being unjustly and unfairly imprisoned, besides the destructive practices that may be nurtured within the culture.

— Michael Eric Dyson professor of sociology at Georgetown University and author of Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Thaddeus McCotter: 'That Rock and Roll Dude' Runs for President

Friday, July 01, 2011

Yes America, there is more than one Republican presidential candidate who plays rock music. If you miss Mike Huckabee (and the idea of the leader of the free world performing "Cat Scratch Fever"), Thaddeus McCotter could be your man.

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Petty Song Lands "American Girl" in Hot Water

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Months ahead of the 2012 primary elections, wars of words are heating up between political rivals, some of whom aren’t even running for office. Right now, Michele Bachmann landed herself in some legal hot water when she chose to use Tom Petty's song "American Girl," without the artist's permission. This isn’t the first time artists have taken offense with the political appropriation of their work. 

 

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Campaign Trailer Critic: Michele Bachman's Low Budget Independent Feature

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann's initial campaign video is appropriately shocking...ly low-budget. It was clearly filmed in her office in front of a filing cabinet, probably in one take. She looks directly at the camera and presents uncharacteristically conventional soundbites about being a constitutional conservative. She sort of looks and sounds like she's a robot, a robot with an intense glare that lasers through your body. 

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Bachmann Enters GOP Presidential Nomination Race

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann made it official yesterday - she is running for president. She will go up against the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Tim Pawlenty, for the Republican nomination.  How will her entry change the race?

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