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New Immigration Policy Offers Hope to the DREAM-Act Eligible

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We’re talking about a pretty large number of people across the country, as many as three-quarters of a million, 750,000 people, across the country, who might immediately be eligible if the DREAM Act were to pass.

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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NJ Rep. Lance: Washington Must Next Act on Jobs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I am willing to consider the proposals of the president… my personal view is what we need is certainty in the economy.

New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) discusses what he's been hearing from his constituents while Congress is in recess, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Fighting Continues in Libya, but 'Post-Gadhafi Era Has Begun'

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A regime like Gadhafi's doesn't just collapse and go away. It's clear they're continuing to fight, but also clear that they no longer control Libya; they might control a part of Tripoli, but that's it. The post-Gadhafi era in many ways has begun.

Mark Quarterman, senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Did Obama Win The War in Libya?

Monday, August 22, 2011

People will be able to say Obama got rid of Gadhafi, but for the Libyans this story is beginning rather than ending...It will be an interesting question whether Libyans can maintain any kind of stability themselves. If they can't, the West will really have to face the more difficult question of whether we go in on the ground at all to maintain order.

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

[Huntsman]'s starting to have fun with it, and when you're at 2.2 percent in the polls, you can do that...He's making the case that if his party wants to have a real shot at winning in the fall, you can't go with Michele Bachmann, you can't go with Rick Perry.

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Anna and Independents: New Hampshire Independent Primary Voters

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Independent voters in New Hampshire share a proud, stubborn resistance to let a party define their politics, but not much else.

These unaffiliated voters are a huge electoral force in the state, outnumbering both Republicans and Democrats, and because New Hampshire’s primary system allows them to vote in either Democratic or Republican primary, they could technically sway the entire election. 

These voters don’t vote in anything resembling a bloc, and with just a contest on the Republican side, they may not turnout in large numbers in 2012.

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What To Expect From Obama's Jobs Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A short term band-aid is not the worst thing in the world.

Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Mormonism and American Politics

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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The LDS membership, notably in Utah, is the most faithful to the Republican party than any other group, even more than people who identify as evangelicals.

Richard N. Ostling, former religion writer for the Associated Press and Time Magazine and co-author of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How This Weekend Changed the Republican Race

Monday, August 15, 2011

Connecting [Michele Bachmann's] ideas very specifically with the jobs crisis hasn't been her strong suit so far; that's something she'll have to demonstrate in the very near future, or she's going to be seen as a less viable candidate, particularly as someone else with populist credentials enters the Republican presidential fray.

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

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Hard to Organize, Harder to Keep

Thursday, August 11, 2011

President Obama is losing support among independents, and there’s a mad dash among political organizers to grab them as they peel off. But their approach differs on how they diagnose who independent voters are and what they care about. 

And their success will depend on their ability to navigate the political graveyard that’s littered with efforts to change the system during hotly contested, highly partisan political campaigns.

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Iowa Turning Point

Thursday, August 11, 2011

These candidates are more and more going to start attacking each other and focusing their fire on taking out their opponents.

Congressional correspondent for Bloomberg News Lisa Lerer  on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Eight Months In

Thursday, August 04, 2011

This is a matter of restoring public confidence. People do not believe that there's one set of rules for everyone on Wall Street anymore, we have to restore that confidence for the markets to get going. And as you can see the housing markets are still paralyzed by the overhang from this disaster.

—Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Colorado Lessons

Thursday, August 04, 2011

All through August, Anna Sale is on a search for the independent voter. These are the prize voters who could make up the margin in the 2012 contest, but their definition is elusive and their politics mixed. First stop, Colorado.

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David Weprin for NY-9

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Where I come from, sixty-forty is a pretty significant victory, so I’d be very happy to get sixty percent.

Democratic candidate David Weprin for CD-9, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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After the Deluge: New York's Congressmen Explain Why Yes, Why No on the Debt Ceiling Vote

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

They threatened to destroy the economy and that was a threat. This was not normal negotiations, this was hostage taking and giving into the hostage takers lest they murder the hostages, the hostage being the economy.

US Representative Jerold Nadler, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Anyone Want A Sugar-Coated Satan Sandwich?

Monday, August 01, 2011

You’re going to see a lot of sound and fury from Tea Party groups and Republicans who have an edge in opposing the deal… The guys who want an advantage want to look more ideological, but most people in the party are going to go for his, because it’s the best possible deal they could have gotten.

David Weigel, who covers politics and policy for Slate magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Tougher to Get Tenure - What Do the Teachers Think?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It’s not a vote of confidence for my principal and it makes me less likely to stay in a school where I’m not feeling supported by my administration to achieve tenure.

—Emily, a teacher in Brooklyn, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Did It Work? The Stimulus

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, continues his weekly series this month looking at Obama administration economic  programs. This week: the stimulus, shovel ready, and our debt.

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Did it Work? The Stimulus

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

But again that's kind of a defensive thing, saying it's not as bad as it could have been, and yet we still have 9.1 percent unemployment and the misery index at a high not seen since 1983, so all of this stuff is not quite comforting.

 Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek

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Bloomberg's Anti-Poverty Record: Right or Wrong?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I think what the mayor is doing is giving a free market analysis, that's to say the problem is not with institutions, with the local economy, the problem is with the individual family, and if you can just incentivize the family, whether it's a high school kid or a mother and father, then that will solve the problem.

 Glenn Pasanen, public finance columnist for Gotham Gazette

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