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Gay and Republican: Are They Compatible?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Democratic Party has long curried the favor of gay voters, and President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage has helped solidify Democrats as the gay rights party. On the other side, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opposed even civil unions. Due to the stark ideological contrast, has being gay become fundamentally incompatible with being Republican? In an interview with John Hockenberry, openly gay U.S. spokesman Richard Grenell says it is not.

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The Takeaway

Possible Contempt Vote for Attorney General Eric Holder

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faces a possible Wednesday vote to hold him in contempt. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gets to the bottom of what's at stake.

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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

Santorum Suspends Campaign

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Despite his best efforts, Santorum always seemed to be two steps behind the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney. And yesterday, he announced that he’d no longer try to catch up. Weighing in on Santorum's decision are Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist, and Karen Martin, organizer of Spartanburg Tea Party, who previously told us she was hoping for "anyone but Romney" but now her perspective has changed.

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The Takeaway

A GOP War on Women?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In recent weeks, the Republican Party has found itself entrenched in battles over women’s health and lifestyle issues; most notably, over access to contraception. At the same time, many female voters, regardless of party affiliation, are finding themselves disenchanted with the Republican candidates.

According to a new poll conducted by CBS and the New York Times, only about a third of the women polled said they would vote for Mitt Romney over President Obama. When asked if they would vote for Rick Santorum over Obama, the president held the same advantage. Do the Republicans have a serious female problem on their hands?

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Features

WATCH | Music Videos for the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

Monday, March 12, 2012

A campaign season would not be complete without music. Watch official campaign and fan videos made in support of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates here.

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The Takeaway

Super Tuesday and Latino Voters

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A Fox Latino poll of likely voters released earlier this week showed 70 percent supporting President Obama and just 14 percent supporting Governor Mitt Romney. The same poll also seems to indicate that the Republican party is having trouble winning new Latino voters -- and keeping Latino voters who have favored the GOP in the past. Poll numbers indicated that four of five Latinos who voted for Obama in 2008 planned vote for him again later this year. Meanwhile, among Latinos who voted for Republican Arizona Senator John McCain four years ago only 40 percent now say they support Obama.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the GOP's Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

After months of squabbling, congress has reached a tentative deal on an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits that would last until the end of the year. Initially the GOP said they would not approve an extension unless it was financed by other spending cuts, but have since rescinded that position. So what's changed?

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The Takeaway

Notes from the Conservative Political Action Conference

Friday, February 10, 2012

The 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) began on Thursday with speeches from Jim DeMint, Stephen Halbrook, Michele Bachmann, Anne Coulter, and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower, among others. With invocations of Reagan and cries for party unity, the three-day event could help give focus to what has been a lukewarm GOP race.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Sarkozy trails in the polls and US Republicans' search for a candidate continues

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sarkozy trails in polls and US Republicans search for a candidate

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The Takeaway

Two Takes on Last Night's State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

With spirited rhetoric about protecting the middle class and enforcing fairness in taxation, president Obama abandoned his normally conciliatory tone about non-partisan politics during last night's State of the Union address and instead highlighted the differences between right and left. Although both parties have had the chance for rebuttal, The Takeaway has assembled their own partisan players to comment on the president's remarks.

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The Takeaway

Former Clinton Speechwriter Reacts to Obama's State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

President Obama delivered his third annual State of the Union Address last night. Obama focused primarily on income inequality. Jettisoning his normally conciliatory tone, the president instead highlighted the differences between right and left with impassioned rhetoric. Vowing to protect middle class families with mortgage assistance legislation, he also outlined his plans to institute the "Buffet rule" which would require those making over $1 billion to pay a 30 percent tax rate.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The race for the White House: what's next after Iowa

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The race for the White House: what's next after Iowa

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The Takeaway

GOP Holds Final Debate Before Iowa Caucus

Friday, December 16, 2011

Republican presidential candidates held their final debate last night in Sioux City just weeks before the Iowa caucus takes place on January 3. In the Fox News debate candidates attempted to draw distinctions from one another and defend their record to conservative voters. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Newt Gingrich gaining ground on consistent front runner Mitt Romney. But some voters are still undecided.

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The Takeaway

Spotlight on Newt Gingrich in Next GOP Debate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Republican candidates will debate again tonight on foreign policy. But this time around, Newt Gingrich is leading in the polls. It's a major comeback for Gingrich who started out ahead and took a heavy hit early on. He's now doing one percentage point better than former front-runner Mitt Romney. But is this just a passing trend? Or is he now a serious contender? 

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The Takeaway

With Christie Out, Who Will GOP Voters Favor?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended all speculation that he may run for president yesterday, saying "now is not my time" in a nationally televised news conference. Republicans are now back to picking a candidate from those who are officially in the running. But are Republican voters happy with those candidates?

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The Takeaway

Obama Adopts Sterner Stance on Deficit Reduction Plan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Faced with an uphill reelection battle and a disenfranchised base, President Obama indicated on Monday that he plans on taking a harder line against an anti-tax GOP. In a speech introducing his debt reduction plan yesterday, Obama vowed to veto any plan Congress sends him that does not raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations while cutting Medicare benefits. "I will not support any plan that puts all the burden for closing our deficit on ordinary Americans," Obama said. Obama's plan, which will reduce annual deficits up to $4 trillion over 10 years, has been assailed as "class warfare" by Republicans.

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The Takeaway

Grover Norquist Reacts to Obama's Proposed 'Buffett Rule'

Monday, September 19, 2011

President Obama will announce a deficit reduction plan today that will reduce government spending by $3 trillion through cutting entitlements, tax increases, and war savings. The plan is the White House's opening offer to the Congressional "super committee," which has until Dec. 23 to reach a deal on deficit reduction. GOP lawmakers have already labeled the proposed tax hikes "class warfare," particularly the so-called "Buffet Rule." Named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who has repeatedly called for higher taxes on the rich, the rule imposes a minimum tax rate on those earning more than $1 million per year. Many Republicans contend that taxing the wealthy will only worsen the economy.

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The Takeaway

Republicans Face Off in Tea Party Debate

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The GOP presidential candidates faced off last night before an audience of 1,000 Tea Party activists in Tampa, Florida. Gov. Rick Perry, who has surged to the front of the race since entering last month, faced heavy scrutiny from his seven challengers over his record as governor of Texas, including a state order to vaccinate girls against HPV and college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants. Mitt Romney, the other front runner, criticized Perry over his past assertion that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme."

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The Takeaway

Recapping the GOP Presidential Debate

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Last night, eight GOP presidential hopefuls gathered at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California for the fourth Republican debate this year. It was the first presidential debate for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was in the lead in a recent poll. Perry and Romney sparred over their job creation records and other issues, often overshadowing the six other candidates.

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