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SC Voters Reserved Over Romney's Mormonism

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It’s gotten dirty down here in the South: When South Carolina Republican voters were prompted with questions about the GOP candidates' values, Romney’s religion came up again and again.

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Opinion: I Was So Wrong About Rick Perry

Thursday, January 19, 2012

In 2008 I had made the far-out prediction that John McCain would win the primary. Everyone said I was nuts, and when I was right I reveled in the accolades of my friends calling me a genius.  Still intoxicated from being so right, I figured I'd try a longshot prediction again and I was wrong. Mea culpa.

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Opinion: Why the GOP Lost Black Voters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As we head into what everyone seems to agree will be the defining contest for the GOP, I find myself wondering whether African Americans have a reason to vote Republican.

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Watch: Colbert's Pro-Cain Super PAC Ad, and Others

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've been hearing a lot in recent debates about Super PACs and 527s and all the secretive nasty things they do during campaigns. Here's what they look like in action, starting with Stephen Colbert's latest ad for Herman Cain.

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Gingrich's Plan to Turn Students Into City School Cleaners? Only in the Movies

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich took a potshot at an unusual target in the most recent Republican debate. He lambasted New York City school cleaners for getting paid too much, using them as exhibit A of unions inflating salaries and harming the nation's economy. Here's a check of his facts, and reaction from the union, a high school custodian and students.

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Gingrich Singles Out City Janitors for 'Absurd' Salaries

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

During the Republican Presidential primary debate Monday night in South Carolina, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich singled out janitors' salaries in New York City when he defended his call for paying poor students to work in schools.

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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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Friday Follow: New Hampshire Primary, Gingrich Attack Ads, and 'The Obamas' book

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mitt Romney's win in the New Hampshire primary, Newt Gingrich's ad campaign attacking Romney's past in private equity, a new book about Michelle Obama's role as first lady were — for better or worse — the stories that dominated the headlines for the last week. The Takeaway has assembled a panel of analysts to rundown, dissect, and wrap-up all the major stories of the week.

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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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Track: New Hampshire Primary Returns

Monday, January 09, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 10 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of New Hampshire’s four types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the Service Worker counties.

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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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Opinion: Gingrich Feels Sting of SuperPACs

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Good luck, Newt. Pandora's Box of corporate money has been opened by the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, and all your rhetoric, offended posture and finger-wagging won't change anything. Romney's own millions are backed by millions more that have been given unfettered access to flood our elections.

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Opinion: Romney's Lead Isn't Safe in New Hampshire

Friday, January 06, 2012

New Hampshire poses a much bigger threat to the Republican Party's struggle to designate a Presidential nominee than we thought.

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Competing Economic Plans for 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As the GOP field narrows itself down we wanted to take a closer look at each candidate's economic plan for the 2012 election. Which candidate is addressing your concerns about the economy, and what initiatives will have a positive impact on the size of your wallet? American Public Media's Marketplace has a good shapshot of each candidate's economic plan. We've put a more comprehensive view of the candidates' positions below.

On Thursday's show, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich will try to explain the difference between each economic vision. Have a question about who will address your concerns? Tell us what issue you'd like the next president to tackle at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. 

 

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Opinion: Iowa Did its Duty!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In Iowa if you “can’t make it here you probably can’t make it anywhere” is the general principle. Think it’s going to be easier running a campaign in 11 Super Tuesday states?

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Opinion: Where the 2012 Campaigns Go From Here

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A sixth place showing should have been Waterloo for the girl from Waterloo.  Instead, she vowed to head to South Carolina (Santorum, in a nice touch, made clear New Hampshire was next). After being burned by unlimited and anonymous negative campaign funding, Gingrich may just become the newest ally to overturn Citizens United.

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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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After Bachmann, A Look at the When and Why to Call it Quits

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Following her sixth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses last night, in which she only got five percent of the vote, Michele Bachmann announced this morning that she's ending her campaign for president.

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Opinion: What To Expect Out Of Iowa

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Opening day rarely decides the baseball season. Opening night isn't the entire run of a Broadway show. But these first public moments do help shape the next steps.

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Track: Iowa Caucus Returns

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 99 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of Iowa’s eight types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the rural agricultural Tractor Country counties. It will fill in with data as the results from the caucuses come in.

 

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