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Christie Emerges From Behind Closed Doors

Friday, November 22, 2013

With just one news conference and no other public appearances or speeches, Gov. Chris Christie kept mostly out of sight during the Republican Governors Association meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.  And then, just as New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz was calling it a night, he saw Christie walking by.

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Tough Road Ahead for Immigration Reform in the House

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Only a few months ago some politicians predicted that this summer an immigration reform bill would be on President Obama’s desk ready for signing. But as Congress goes on recess, the House of Representatives hasn’t yet put together a bill. That, however, doesn't mean both Republicans and Democrats aren’t plotting a way forward in this high-stakes game.

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: The GOP

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820 

2012 was a disappointing year for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate have prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates? Our debaters are David Brooks, Mickey Edwards, Laura Ingraham, and Ralph Reed.

 

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New Jersey News

Christie Says He'll Back Tea Party Candidate

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WNYC

Governor Chris Christie says won't endorse a candidate for the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey before the primary vote in August. But he'll back the Republican candidate, even if it's Tea Party-backed conservative Steve Lonegan.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Olympia Snowe on Bipartisan Progress

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This interview originally aired live on May 22, 2013. An edited version was aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Former Senator (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe, talks about her recommendations for bridging the partisan divide in Washington and what she learned during her time in office. She is the author now of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress .

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The Brian Lehrer Show

GOP Regroup; NY Budget; Douglas Rushkoff; On Ailes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Republican leaders have issued a 100-page assessment of the GOP and how it should regroup for 2016. Reihan Salam of the National Review discusses the report and the Republican Party's outreach to minorities, women, and young people. Plus: media thinker Douglas Rushkoff on his new book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now; and Zev Chafets on his new book Roger Ailes: Off Camera.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Joe Lhota

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Joseph Lhota, former MTA chairman and chief executive officer, talks to Brian Lehrer about running to be the Republican candidate for New York City mayor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Tom Allon

Monday, February 18, 2013

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Death of Handwriting Edition

Saturday, December 08, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio panelists discuss the GOP’s search for better leverage in the fiscal cliff negotiations while on the Culture Gabfest the hosts talk about the end of handwriting.

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William F. Buckley Jr., Mayoral Candidate, on Political Rhetoric and Theater,1965

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

WNYC

Better known for his punditry, here mayoral candidate William F. Buckley Jr. complains about delivering stump speeches "without boring the voter, which is bad enough, but without boring yourself, which is worse." 

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The Takeaway

As Debt Deadline Nears, Partisan Proposals and a Potential Contingency Plan Emerge

Monday, July 25, 2011

Democrats and Republicans will this morning release their separate plans to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline. But only one plan can pass and Congress is running out of time. The lack of time has thrown a spotlight on the 14th amendment, which some say would allow President Obama to increase the debt ceiling on his own. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator DeMint on the American Awakening

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina talks about his book The Great American Awakening: Two Years that Changed America, Washington, and Me, and what the Tea Party means for Washington negotiations on the budget, the debt ceiling, and the Republican pres. Field.

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Obama Calls for 'Winning the Future' in State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama discussed his plans for job creation and increased American competitiveness in the global market during his next two years in office. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered the official response on behalf of the Republican Party and stressed the need for spending cuts and his party’s skepticism about further “investments.” And there was a new feature to the evening: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke on behalf of the Tea Party in their united response to the president.

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The Takeaway

RNC Chair Reince Priebus, GOP Look to 2012

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reince Priebus was elected the GOP's new chairman on Friday, replacing Michael Steele. He alreday has his sites set on the 2012 presidential election, and taking down Barack Obama. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent gives us some background on Priebus. And Ron Christie, CEO of Republican Christie Strategies and the author of "Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur," said on our show last week he thought the new leader would be Saul Anuzis or Maria Cino. He'll share his surprise with us about the choice of Priebus, and how he thinks it will shape the GOP.

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The Takeaway

Who Will Be the Next RNC Chair?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Conservatives from across the country have convened in Washington this week to elect the next Republican National Committee Chair. With the 2012 presidential election right around the corner, Republican officials are looking for a leader who can rally the base, attract new voters and, of course, raise money. Michael Steele, the current RNC chair, doesn't seem to have enough support to win a second term, although he has in some ways raised the profile of the office during his term. What else does the RNC Chair need to ensure a GOP win in 2012?

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The Takeaway

The Future of the RNC Chair Michael Steele

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On a conference call with members of the Republican National Committee last night, Michael Steele ended several months of speculation and announced he will run again for chair of the RNC. His term as chairman has been marked by personal gaffes, attacks from prominent Republicans calling for his head, but also significant GOP pickups in both houses of Congress.

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