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The Brian Lehrer Show

Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: NY/CT Republicans

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The primary season wheel has stopped on the tri-state area. New York or Connecticut Republicans call in to report which candidate got their vote in today's primary election, plus their picks for Romney's veep.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Dingell, Longest-Serving House Member, Faces Challenge from Ph.D. Student

Monday, April 23, 2012

U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has served in Congress since Dwight Eisenhower was president. He is the longest-serving member of Congress and, this year, he is running for his 30th term. But he is facing his first challenge from another Democrat since 2002. We talk with Daniel Marcin, a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, who is working to get on the ballot for the August 7th primary.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of the New York Republican Party

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale discusses the state of the local Republican party ahead of next week's New York primary election.

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The Takeaway

Campaign Expenses: Like Poetry?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday on the show, ProPublica reporter Kim Barker said that going through Ron Paul's expenses was "like poetry." "I really just saw it like a way to track what it's like to campaign," Barker said. The thousands of lines of expenses in the Federal Election Commission filing from the Ron Paul campaign include everything: iTunes music, FedEx mailings, Salvation Army supplies, travel tolls, party rentals, and meals at places called Smash Burger and Thai Flavors. Today we're talking about election year poetry: seeing truth and beauty from the tiny details of a campaign's mundane expenses.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Versus Mitt Romney: The Battle is On

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday President Obama criticized his likely general election opponent Mitt Romney by linking Romney to the latest Republican budget plan. As the likelihood of Romney's GOP nomination increases, the attack lines are beginning to be unveiled. For a look ahead at what we can expect in the general election, we're joined by Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.

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The Takeaway

Mitt Romney Sweeps Wisconsin, Maryland and District of Columbia

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Mitt Romney continued on the path to securing the Republican presidential nomination last night, winning all 37 delegates in Maryland, all 16 delegates in the District of Columbia, and at least 30 delegates in Wisconsin. In a speech after the results were tallied, Rick Santorum vowed to keep fighting. Wisconsin Public Radio's capitol reporter Shawn Johnson and The Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich join us to look at the big picture from last night's results as well as a look at President Obama's own campaigning.

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The Takeaway

Wisconsin Focused on Possible Recall of Governor Scott Walker

Monday, April 02, 2012

Tomorrow's primary in Wisconsin is an important one for Mitt Romney, who is looking for a boost that will secure the GOP presidential nomination. But the presidential primary takes a back seat for Wisconsin citizens, who are more focused on the questions surrounding Republican Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker made national headlines last year for advocating a steep cut in benefits and collective bargaining rights to state workers, and now is only the third governor in the history of the U.S. to be up for recall. Shawn Johnson is the capitol reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio. Charles Franklin is the Visiting Professor of Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School and Director of Marquette Law School Poll, a state polling service.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The GOP Primary in Puerto Rico

Friday, March 16, 2012

Angelo Falcón, president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, discusses how Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have been campaigning for Puerto Rican votes ahead of the GOP primary on Sunday. 23 delegates are at stake.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The GOP's Primary Calendar is to Blame for 'Southern Nightmare'

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Republican leaders are defending the primary calendar and the decision to have so many contests divide delegates proportionately. I’m not so sure. A quick early victory would have spared the contenders the endless scrutiny of their positions on issues and their frequent slips of tongue.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Delegate Math: What They Need to Win

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

It's a catastrophic disaster for the GOP that the results of Super Tuesday were so completely indecisive.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Leap Day Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter, and John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine and author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, look at the Michigan and Arizona primary results.  

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The Takeaway

Romney To Michigan Voters: 'I Am a Son of Detroit'

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"I am a son of Detroit." That's the first line from an op-ed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney published in The Detroit News on Tuesday. The candidate's father, George Romney, was the Governor of Michigan in the 1960s; Mitt Romney grew up in Michigan, and with the Michigan primary contest just a week away, he’s been vigorously re-asserting his roots. But given the fact Romney hasn't lived in the state in years and "corporate-raider" past, whether or not Michigan voters will accept him as a native son remains to be seen.

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The Takeaway

A Recap of the Florida Primary

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won a decisive victory in yesterday’s Florida primary, dealing a major setback to Newt Gingrich’s hopes of a fully-realized insurgent candidacy. With decided forward momentum, it's clear that Romney has recovered from the miscalled Iowa caucus victory and is now leading the GOP pack: Romney won with 46 percent of the vote as compared to Gingrich’s 32 percent. Meanwhile, former Iowa frontrunners Rick Santorum came in third with 13 percent, and Ron Paul only carried seven percent of the vote.

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The Takeaway

Recapping Last Night's Florida GOP Debate

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Last night the University of South Florida hosted a GOP presidential debate, the first of two scheduled in Florida leading up to the state's January 31 primary. The crowd was silenced by a no-applause policy which seems to have muted the effect of Newt Gingrich, who in the past has received accolades from the audience after partisan broadsides. The debate sets the agenda for the next week as candidates prepare for a primary which may ultimately decide the nominee to challenge President Obama in November.

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The Takeaway

GOP Debate Before South Carolina Primary

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rick Perry is out, Rick Santorum actually won Iowa, and Newt Gingrich's second wife says he asked for an open marriage before he filed for divorce. The four remaining candidates debated in Charleston one last time before this weekend's South Carolina primary. We take a look back at what was arguably the wildest day of the 2012 Presidential campaign thus far.

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The Takeaway

Floyd Abrams on Super PACs and the Legacy of Citizens United

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nearly two years ago, a bitterly divided Supreme Court ruled that the American government could not ban political spending by corporations and labor unions during electoral campaigns. The case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, overruled important precedents about the First Amendment rights of corporations and dramatically altered the way campaigns are conducted. 

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The Takeaway

The GOP and the Political Geography of South Carolina

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In the primary elections Iowa is the first caucus and New Hampshire is the first primary, but since the 1980s South Carolina is the place where presidential nominees are decided. From the low country to the mid-lands to upstate, South Carolina is not a homogeneous as one might think. The political geography of the state sets the stage for the GOP presidential hopefuls and what they must do to reach the residents of South Carolina.

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The Takeaway

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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WNYC News

Not All GOP Candidates Get on Virginia Primary Ballot

Friday, December 23, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary, a setback in their bids for the Republican presidential nomination.

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On The Media

The Media, the President, and the Horse Race

Friday, October 21, 2011

This week, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released a study called "The Media Primary," which followed positive and negative coverage of presidential candidates from 11,500 sources. They found that President Obama received nearly four times as much negative press as he did positive press. Mark Jurkowitz of the Project for Excellence in Journalism talks to Brooke about the study, and what these numbers mean.

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