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Newt Gingrich Readies Presidential Bid

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

He's got a website, an exploratory committee and a history of leadership; can Newt Gingrich become the next president? The former speaker of the house has officially entered the race. With analysis is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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Newt Gingrich to Announce 2012 Run on Wednesday

Monday, May 09, 2011

This morning, a spokesperson for Newt Gingrich announced that the former House Speaker would launch his 2012 presidential bid on Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter. Gingrich will be the first Republican hopeful polling in double digits to formally enter the race.

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Campaign Trailer Critic: Newt and Callista Gingrich's 'City Upon a Hill'

Friday, April 29, 2011

Throughout the 2012 campaign season, It's A Free Country's political film critic Sarah Kate Kramer will be analyzing the videos released by presidential hopefuls. Today that hopeful is Newt Gingrich.

It opens with thunder crack. A storm is coming. Something special is under attack--something at the heart of all we hold dear. As luscious hills of amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties flow by it quickly becomes clear the stakes are freedom, liberty, America's heart and soul. As the danger grows, internal fights threaten to tear our community apart, the music crescendos as the tension peaks...this is the story of an idea, a spirit, it's the story of AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM.

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Nobody Wants a Government Shutdown...or Do They?

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

At 8:45 pm Wednesday night, President Obama will sit down with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try and hammer out a last-minute budget compromise before the government shuts down on Friday.

A shutdown would mean furloughing thousands of government employees, delaying Social Security payments to seniors, and closing national parks, among other things. Freezing federal business is also more expensive than business as usual. With all these negative consequences looming beyond this Friday's budget deadline, nobody wants a government shutdown...or do they?

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GOP Hopefuls Give Iowa Presidential Pitch

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

WNYC

The Iowa Caucus is a little less than a year away and some Republicans who are considering a run for president have been spending time in Iowa to test the waters. On Monday night, the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted five likely presidential candidates at the Pointe of Grace Church in Des Moines — and the house was packed.

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Newt Gingrich: Return of the Mack

Friday, March 04, 2011

WNYC

No, we have not gone back in time to the nineties. 

Cher is not introducing a new generation to autotune with “I Believe”, “Friends” is not on TV for three straight prime-time hours, and DC bookstores are not being served with subpoenas to give up the titles of books bought by Monica Lewinsky.  But Newt Gingrich really is talking about running for president again.

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The Takeaway

Presidential Hopeful Newt Gingrich and the Class of '94

Friday, March 04, 2011

Newt Gingrich is entering the "exploratory" phase of a possible presidential run in 2012 against President Barack Obama and a host of Republican challengers. Gingrich's biggest political accomplishments on the national stage arguably happened when he swept into Congress with a Republican majority in the second half of Bill Clinton's presidency. But where are Newt's classmates from 1994? Are they more moderate, or more conservative, than they were some 15 years ago? We speak with former Connecticut Congressman Chris Shays to get an update on the class of '94. 

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Newt Gingrich: Preparing for an Iowa Harvest?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich is announcing today that he's launching an “exploratory phase” to test the waters for a presidential run in 2012. His spokesperson told an Georgia radio host on Thursday that he’s launching a website, NewtExplore2012.com, but Gingrich is not forming a formal federal exploratory committee yet.

The rumors of Gingrich’s yen to take the oval office after a single Obama term have been swirling for over a year. He has been planting seeds in Iowa, a state whose early caucus is often a soothsayer for winning the Republican primary. For that reason, Gingrich has visited Iowa nine times in the past two years.

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Much Ado About Newt Thing

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

This week in politics, the biggest news is barely news.

In the last days of February, reports surfaced that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was expected to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee "in 10 days," without Gingrich's official spokesman—or the man himself—saying a word.

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As Congress Parties Like it's 1995, Government Shutdown on the Way?

Monday, February 21, 2011

This past weekend, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to cut $61 billion from President Obama's budget for 2011. Needless to say, Democrats hate it, and the legislation faces much higher hurdles on its way to becoming a law. But should the Senate reject or Obama veto, Republicans have promised not to reauthorize spending once the government runs out of money—in two weeks. If that happens, the federal government will essentially stop working.

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The 2012 Temperature: Which Potential Candidates Have You Excited?

Monday, November 22, 2010

You may be thinking about Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, but pollsters are already looking to November 6, 2012. And if that election were held today, Obama would be in trouble according to a Quinnipiac poll out today – but not if his opponent were former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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The Empire

DNC: 'Tea Party at war with itself'

Friday, September 24, 2010

After Newt Gingrich reiterated his support for gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino today, DNC spokesman Michael Czin pointed to my video of Paladino trashing Gingrich.

"Newt Gingrich and Carl Paladino are two peas in the same pod of the radical Tea Party movement. Not only has the Tea Party driven every moderate from the Republican Party – now the Tea Party is at war with itself," Czin wrote in an email to supporters statement to reporters.

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Newt for Paladino

Friday, September 24, 2010

From Newt Gingrich's appearance on the Brian Lehrer Show earlier today:

Brian Lehrer: "Are you endorsing Paladino?"

Newt Gingrich: "Of course. If you want to rebuild the jobs in New York State, Paladino is the only choice in the election. Andrew Cuomo represents paying off the government employee unions, more expensive government, higher taxes, and continuing to destroy the New York economy."

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First Gingrich, Now Faulkner

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rev. Michel Faulkner

Azi Paybara / WNYC

Add Rev. Michel Faulkner, the GOP candidate running for Rangel's seat in Harlem, to those trying to keep up with Newt Gingrich in devising headline-grabbing analogies to explain their opposition to the proposed mosque near Ground Zero.

"It would not be fair for the Klu Klux Klan to erect a statue or a monument near the bombs in the South that were burned during the civil rights movement," said Faulkner.

Scott Stringer showed remarkable restraint during this MSNBC segment last night.

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