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Christie Makes the National Case for His NJ Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is he going to jump off and get into this fray, or is he simply just going to be a bystander… Does he have the courage to jump in?

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Sister Citizen: Black Women and Politics

Monday, September 26, 2011

There's tremendous pragmatism on the part of African-Americans who will not see their suffering suddenly used against a Democratic president. It's not just because he's black...The recognition on the part of pragmatic African-Americans is that there's no great racial progressive savior about to show up. The alternative is President Perry, President Bachmann, or President Romney.

Melissa Harris-Perry, contributor to MSNBC and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Politics This Week: Questions About Christie and the Government Shutdown Showdown

Monday, September 26, 2011

It just underscores how dissatisfied Republicans are with their field as it stands...I see this every four years it seems—the party that's trying to take back the White House is unhappy with their candidates—but this time it's really striking.

— New York Times national correspondent Jackie Calmes on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Ron Suskind on the Education of a President

Thursday, September 22, 2011

He has trouble having people think ill of him because he’s being decisive. He is an essential actor of this era in American history, and for better or for worse, his evolution as an individual will also mirror or carry forward… the evolution of the country. He is the main guy.

— Author Ron Suskind, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Understanding Obama's UN Speech

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Everyone has their own style and things that they bring to the General Assembly, but for them it’s a moment if theater in which they’re trying to communicate to the rest of the world their national priorities.

Steve Clemons, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Mitch Daniels on Keeping the Republic

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What you’d like to do is win the next election with a large consensus of Americans ready to make big change.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Supreme Court Lessons: Justice Stephen Breyer on American Democracy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Solyndra a Scandal? What it Means for Obama and Green Energy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For me, a scandal would mean that you do it for your own personal self-interest, and although there's a lot of smoke out there, no one has proven yet that this was done for political purposes.

Joe Stephens of the Washington Post on The Brian Lehrer Show

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How Would You Change Regulation?

Monday, September 19, 2011

No one could possibly know every rule, and that's one of the problems with it...The rules are so dense that literally no one can comply with them. If you're a mean-spirited government inspector, you can find non-compliance in any workplace, in any home in America.

Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good and author of The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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New Rep. Bob Turner Talks Capital Gains, Obama Plan

Monday, September 19, 2011

People weren’t prepared to lose their jobs. They weren’t prepared to go without income for as long as they have. Even for families higher up the economic ladder, people had too much debt and not enough savings, so this recession has hit everyone hard.

—Newly-elected congressman Bob Turner (NY-9) on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Breaking Down Obama's Deficit Reduction Proposal

Monday, September 19, 2011

[It's as if Obama said,] Republicans don't want to compromise right now, so I'm going to come out with a plan that's closer to what I would actually want if I could do whatever I wanted.

David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The GOP Fight Over the HPV Vaccine

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[W]ho would have thought this would be the big issue in the Republican primaries?

Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine Ryan Lizza on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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America's Deepening Poverty Problem

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

People weren’t prepared to lose their jobs. They weren’t prepared to go without income for as long as they have. Even for families higher up the economic ladder, people had too much debt and not enough savings, so this recession has hit everyone hard.

— Rachel Black, a policy analyst in the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Politics of 9/11 Weekend

Monday, September 12, 2011

I would hope that if 9/11 does anything, it gives us a new global literacy. We had a blind spot on September 11th through which those planes flew. The best deterrent is to have a kind of global engagement, being more aware of what's going on around us.

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Recapping the GOP Debate with Reihan Salam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The Agenda," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum the Decline (and Potential Comeback) of the U.S.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark.

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Setting the Week: Palin, Perry, and the Prospect of Austerity

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Not having Perry on the stage will probably hurt everybody else. There will not be that target to shoot for. It's not necessarily about whether Perry is going to go on attack, but whether anyone else will go on attack against Perry. Mitt Romney is in the Pawlenty position right now.

David Dayen, writer at Firedoglake.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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As Tri-State Rebuilds Post-Irene, Politics of Disaster Relief Come Into Focus

Friday, September 02, 2011

Right now FEMA is being suffocated by this stupid idea that the more you cut will solve our problems. We're cutting and losing jobs. Our people need help immediately. They don't want to hear a debate between Democrats and Republicans about when should we cut and when shouldn't we.

—U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ 8th), who serves on House Budget and Ways and Means Committees, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Next for Obama: Focus on Infrastructure

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Honestly in politics it’s hard to overestimate how incompetent people are… you can't totally write off the possibility in politics that people were just bumbling, because often, people are, and it gets attributed to some kind of devious intention.

Senior Politics reporter Ben Smith, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale continues her monthly series with us. This week: how independent groups are going after minority voters.

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