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'Life Isn't Fair': Listeners React to Gingrich's Child Labor Comments

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Yesterday, The Takeaway spoke with Diana Furchtgott-Roth from the Manhattan Institute and sociologist Pedro Noguera about Newt Gingrich's policy proposal to change the child labor laws to allow 9-year-old kids to go to work. The Takeaway listeners had a lot to say about child labor. Takeaway listeners Bill Arnott, from Columbia, South Carolina, and Carol, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, discuss their experience working as children through the prism of Gingrich's comments. (Carol asked The Takeaway not to use her last name.)

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It's A Free Country ®

Newt Ascendant: Your Guide to Gingrich

Monday, December 05, 2011

When Newt Gingrich first formed his presidential exploratory committee back in March of 2011, we wondered if this was the "Return of the Mack." Once he jumped into the race, his staff jumped ship, his campaign sank into debt, and we stopped wondering. However, the unlikely events of the last month—Perry's "Oops," the Cain Train's fantastic derailing, Romney's continued "meh"—have us, and the electorate, taking a second look. This is your guide to Gingrich, complete with some things you might not know about the latest Republican hopeful to make a grab for the Not-Mitt-Romney mantle.

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The Takeaway

Newt Gingrich Proposes Radical Change in Labor Laws

Monday, December 05, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says we need a radical proposal to "change America's culture of poverty," and put children to work. He advocates allowing kids as young as nine to replace school janitors. Gingrich thinks this approach would not only teach good work ethic to children in poor communities, but also help them earn a wage for their families.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Liking Newt, Warts and All

Monday, December 05, 2011

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, Georgia-based conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency, Matt Towery, and contributing editor for Newsweek Magazine, Eleanor Clift, talked about the resurgence of Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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The Takeaway

As Cain Suspends Campaign, Newt Moves Forward

Monday, December 05, 2011

Over the weekend a new poll conducted by The Des Moines Register found Newt Gingrich in the lead, with the support of 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. The poll was conducted before Herman Cain suspended his candidacy on Saturday, and it gave stark evidence of the former Godfather CEO's fall from favor: Cain was tied with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for last place. With Cain’s campaign on hold, and the Iowa Caucus just a month away, Republican presidential candidates are competing for the backing of his former supporters.  

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The Gingrich-Cain Mutual Admiration Campaign

Monday, December 05, 2011

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain will reportedly endorse Newt Gingrich’s bid for the presidency today, underscoring the thrust of momentum the former Speaker has picked up with Cain’s exit.

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Opinion: What the Cain Train Derailment Means for the GOP Field

Sunday, December 04, 2011

In suspending his campaign Saturday, onetime presidential contender, short flash-in-the-pan, and former Godfather’s Pizza executive Herman Cain thundered, “I’m not going away!” Here's why that might not be such a good thing for the other GOP candidates.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: Newt is Up, Cain is Down, Barney Says Goodbye

Friday, December 02, 2011

This week, we've seen Newt Gingrich continue to climb in the Republican polls as Herman Cain has continued to falter. Also out of Washington, Rep. Barney Frank announced his intention to not seek re-election after his fiery 32-year career. And, a new study rejuvenates the perennial debate about legalizing marijuana.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Is Glass-Steagall Back? And Would it Prevent the Next Financial Crisis?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bloomberg News reports what the Federal Reserve wouldn't: that the United States' central bank committed $7.77 trillion to bailing out the financial industry in the wake of the 2008 crisis, netting banks $13 billion in profits in the process.

The Fed's bailout package was more than ten times ...

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Opinion: Are You Smarter Than a Frontrunner?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slammed as the Stupid Party, the GOP turns to Newt Gingrich as its new egghead savior.

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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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Opinion: Huntsman's Failure Shows GOP's Extremism Problem

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It’s only a matter of time before it’s Rick Santorum’s turn.

Why not? Why shouldn’t Rick get his moment at the head of the GOP pack? The merry-go-round of candidates who have shared the top spot alongside Mitt Romney has now stopped on Newt Gingrich, but can’t last for long. ...

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Opinion: The Questions We Should be Asking the GOP Candidates

Friday, November 25, 2011

We are now recovering from gazillionth GOP presidential debate, and there is no end in sight. The ratings show that people are enjoying watching the contenders slug it out, but they can obscure the questions the candidates should be getting grilled about.

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It's A Free Country ®

Gingrich’s Immigration Stance: Heart or Calculated Gambit?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Newt Gingrich’s comments on immigration during Tuesday’s CNN debate sparked a maelstrom. He suggested that some immigrant families, including those with members who are in the country without papers, should not be broken up.

“I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is ...

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Opinion: Newt's Comeback Shows How Lame the GOP Has Become

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Details and facts have never stood in the way of Professor Gingrich, whose rambling lectures can't be slowed down by accuracy.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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GOP Foreign Policy Debate: A Live Tweet Recap

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Perry is working on his statesmanlike gestures. And he seems to have reduced the dosage on his nerve tonic.

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Of Pauses and Princesses: Primary Debate Number Nine Recap

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We have seen a circling of the wagons, certainly among conservative pundits. One thing that they’re doing... is attacking the women.

—  Lisa Lerer, political reporter for Bloomberg News, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: Cain's Flukey Win in Iowa Poll Says More About GOP Shuffling

Monday, October 31, 2011

The latest Iowa Poll has 23 percent of likely caucusgoers saying Herman Cain is their first choice, with Mitt Romney trailing with an indistinguishable 22 percent. Romney gets the vote of just 10 percent of those who say they definitely plan to vote in the caucuses, while Cain has a ...

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It's A Free Country ®

Podcast: 2012 GOP Candidates Sink With Latinos

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In this podcast, Fi2W Executive Producer John Rudolph speaks with La Opinión senior political writer and columnist Pilar Marrero about the first poll measuring how Latino voters are responding to the GOP presidential field. Listen:

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Opinion: Three Ways the Parties Can Agree on Reducing the Debt and Saving America

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One might argue that if both sides show a little willingness to buck partisan conventions and negotiate, it would be good for both the budget and approval deficits. But maybe there are places that Dems and the GOP can agree beyond trading away their core values.

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