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He Was Impeached. She Was Sacrificed.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd looks back at the impeachment of President Clinton and why the feminist community failed to support Monica Lewinsky.

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Political Extremes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

John Avlon discusses today's political climate of hyper-partisanship.

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Former(ly Republican) Florida Governor

Monday, February 03, 2014

Charlie Crist, former Florida governor, author of The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat (co-written with Ellis Henican (Dutton, 2014)), talks about why he switched from the Republican to Democratic party and his campaign to reclaim the office.

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On The Media

Paid Partisans

Friday, October 04, 2013

A recent study found that people will more accurately describe political realities--even if it contradicts their own partisan views--if they are paid for their correct answers. Brooke speaks to Gregory Huber, one of the authors of the study, about their findings.

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What Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black Can Teach Us About Partisanship

Thursday, June 21, 2012

In a new book, comedian Michael Ian Black and MSNBC contributor Meghan McCain ask Republicans and Democrats, "Can't we all just get along?"

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Congress Postpones Standoff Over Payroll Tax

Monday, December 19, 2011

Partisan to the core, Congress hit a speed bump in its standoff on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax increase for 160 million workers on Jan. 1. The Republican-controlled House will wait until Tuesday to reject a Senate measure providing a two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax cuts due to expire on Dec. 31.

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The Takeaway

Congress Reaches FAA Deal, Easing Pain on Thousands of Furloughed Workers

Friday, August 05, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that Congress has struck a deal to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, ending a weeks-long partisan impasse that kept 4,000 FAA workers off the job, and tens of thousands out of work in airport construction. The Senate will ensure that a deal can be made before lawmakers leave for August vacation, and the bill will fund the agency through September 16.

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On The Media

The Objectivity Bias

Friday, July 29, 2011

What happens when the fear of appearing partisan prevents journalists from accurately describing what's going on? Are journalists struggling with objectivity bias when it comes to reporting on the debt ceiling? The Columbia Journalism Review's Ryan Chittum tells Brooke  why he thinks the U.S. press has trouble communicating extreme political views.

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Former Senator Bayh Says Political Parties More Alienated Than Ever

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What I think will happen is with that looming deadline, both sides will stake out positions that are in substantial disagreement, there will be a long political tussle about it, we'll tiptoe right up to the precipice, look over the precipice and decide we don't want to jump over.

Evan Bayh, former Senator of Indiana and Fox News contributor, on the upcoming Congressional battle on extending the federal debt ceiling.

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Evan Bayh on Congress

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Evan Bayh, former Senator of Indiana and Fox News contributor, reacts to the latest in partisan politics in Congress and in Washington, where he served before stepping down over partisan battles last year.

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The Role of Rhetoric

Monday, January 10, 2011

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, looks at the uses and possible consequences of inflammatory political demagoguery.  Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY 17) joins the discussion.

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30 Issues: Balancing the Budget in Albany

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Former New York State Senator Seymour P. Lachman and former City Hall reporter for Newsday Robert Polner, are joined by Republican candidate for Governor John Faso to talk about partisanship and balancing the budget in Albany.  Lachman and Polner are co-authors of the book The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975.

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Looking at Bloomberg, Stewart & Centrism

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Maggie Haberman, senior political writer for Politico, and Michael Barbaro of the New York Times talk about Mike Bloomberg's recent endorsements of moderate candidates and where he fits into the national political landscape as a centrist in a moment of partisanship. Plus, is the planned Stewart/Colbert rally part of the same movement?

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The Empire

Cuomo and Obama's Group

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Andrew Cuomo campaigning in Harlem during 2006 campaign.

Obama's campaign spin-off, Organizing for America, is out with an email to supporters rallying support for Andrew Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign.

Haberman notes this makes Cuomo "part of the national party's movement."

Cuomo is, oddly, declining to comment on the email.

The only thing I'll add is that the email doesn't mention the word Democrat.  Instead, the email characterizes the opponents they're trying to topple as "lobbyists and special interest" and "lawmakers" who "can't break free from the status quo."

The OFA description underscores Cuomo anti-Albany message. "I think we have to have less focus on the party labels and more focus on the people,"Cuomo told reporters last Friday.

So, for this one, the OFA is following Cuomo's script.

UPDATE: After seeing reports about their lack of comment, Cuomo's campaign sent over a statement.

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