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Christie Would Push Back Eligibility Age for Social Security, Medicare

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The New Jersey governor says the age of eligibility should be pushed back for future retirees.

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Obama's Momentum in New Hampshire Cools after Debate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Hampshire could be politically pivotal again with its four electoral votes in a close election for president. The state’s famously engaged voters watched the first presidential debate – and it made a difference. Going into their first meeting, President Barack Obama had opened up a 15-point lead in polls over Republican Mitt Romney, but that advantage has narrowed down to six points in the last week.

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Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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The Takeaway

New Hampshire Primary in Tweets

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The battle for the New Hampshire primary plays out on TV screens, newspapers, and the internet as results come in throughout the night. One way to tell the story of this event is through Twitter, by seeing how pundits, politicians, pranksters and across the country reacted to the results. Takeaway co-host John Hockenberry tells the story of the New Hampshire primary according to tweets.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Are Bain, 'Fire' Comments Enough to Derail Romney?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Josh Rogers, political reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, and Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, talked about Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and the last-minute challenges for Mitt Romney.

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The Takeaway

New Hampshire Voters Prepare to Go to the Polls

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The University of New Hampshire Survey Center estimates that 56 percent of the people voting in the Republican primary will be registered Republicans. This means that 44 percent of voters who will participate in Tuesday's primary are undeclared, a noticeable increase from 2008's primary. The same poll also found that Mitt Romney has a slight lead among both groups. To figure out what's been persuading voters either way, The Takeaway speaks with three New Hampshire conservatives.

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Explainer: Why Dixville Notch Votes at Midnight

Monday, January 09, 2012

Thanks to a latex pioneer who lived to be 102 years old, the tiny village of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire (pop. 9) is the first community to cast its ballots in the state’s first-in-the-nation primary.

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Paul, Santorum and Huntsman: The Final Sell Before NH

Monday, January 09, 2012

Two hope to keep their surprising momentum going, while a third looks for his big break.

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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

Friday Follow: GOP Presidential Hopefuls, Obama's Recess Appointments

Friday, January 06, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. Among the headlines, after Mitt Romney squeezed out Rick Santorum by just eight votes in the Iowa caucuses, his hometown newspaper, The Boston Globe, endorsed rival Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race after placing last in Tuesday's caucuses. President Obama and Congressional Republicans are doing battle again, this time over his recess appointment of Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Opinion: For the Back of the Pack, it's Decision Day

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

While many focus on who the winner of the Iowa Caucus will be later this evening, the true question to be answered is whether certain candidates ranking near the bottom in the minds of voters will get the message that their best course of action is to drop out.

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In New Hampshire, Gingrich Puts Romney in His Sights

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Newt Gingrich has seen a stunning reversal in his political fortunes in recent weeks. As the Republican base continues to seek an alternative to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, Gingrich has soared in national polls. Gingrich's public schedule this week began in the battleground primary state of New Hampshire, where he continues to trail behind Romney in the polls by about ten points. The former speaker of the House and sometimes lobbyist pitched himself as an anti-Washington candidate and promised to run a positive campaign at a town hall in Windham. At a friendly Lincoln-Douglas debate with former ambassador and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman on Monday night, Gingrich showed off his foreign policy chops.

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The Takeaway

Romney Tries to Recoup in New Hampshire

Monday, December 12, 2011

He was Mr. Teflon for a long time but now Mitt Romney, the long-time Republican frontrunner, is getting pummeled in last clutch weeks before primary voting starts. Former house speaker Newt Gingrich has big leads in the early voting states including Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. But New Hampshire, though, the presumed frontrunner for most of the last year still has an edge.

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Opinion: Newt's Pivot to Middle Pays off in NH

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gingrich is playing a fake to the center in order to influence independents and moderate Republicans.

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John H. Sununu on Why He's Endorsing Romney

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mitt Romney lost the New Hampshire GOP primary to John McCain in 2008, but he's hoping 2012's primary will be different. Romney received a key endorsement from the granite state's former governor, John H. Sununu. New Hampshire will hold the first presidential primary in the nation in January after the Iowa caucuses. While Romney continues to be the front runner in the GOP race, support for the former Massachusetts governor remains tepid at best. With a history of modified positions and the albatross of "Romneycare," the Massachusetts health care reform legislation that served as a model for President Obama's health care reform, hanging around his neck, many in the GOP base question Romney's conservatism.

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The Takeaway

Jobs Bill is Defeated as GOP Candidates Talk Economics

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday night in New Hampshire, candidates for the Republican nomination for president sat around a table and traded visions of how to fix the ailing economy at a debate sponsored by Bloomberg. While the Republican presidential hopefuls were pillorying President Obama's response to the recession, their compatriots in the Senate were busy defeating the president's $447 billion jobs bill. Two Democrats also joined the majority. So where is the jobs bill going next? And what alternatives, if any, are the Republicans offering?

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Opinion: Palin's Out, and Bachmann's Star Dims

Thursday, October 06, 2011

We can barely keep up with the unfolding political events in the past week.

The big panic is that with Nevada setting its caucus date for January 14 the whole calendar has been trashed. Iowa has to have its caucuses one week before New Hampshire so we are now faced ...

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House Races to Watch: In NH, Republicans Defend Last House Seats in New England

Friday, September 02, 2011

The first question U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (R) received at a recent town hall meeting in Greenland, N.H., echoed sentiments freshmen House Republicans, only seven months into their first terms, are hearing across the country from their constituents: "You signed the Grover Norquist tax pledge, but you also took the oath of office. Which one takes precedence?"

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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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Opinion: Could Obama Buyer's Remorse in NH, Iowa Leave Room for a Challenge on the Left?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The lesson is that presidents who are challenged within their own party are often wounded politically and lose the election to the other party. A serious challenge to an incumbent president is a canary in the political coalmine. Something is wrong.

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

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