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Republicans Divided

Friday, April 03, 2015

The New Yorker's Amy Davidson discusses the divide between the pro-business and social conservative wings of the GOP in the wake of the uproar over the "religious freedom" laws.  

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Does the GOP Really Want to Abolish the IRS?

Monday, February 09, 2015

A dedicated page featured on the Republican Party website reads, "Stand with the GOP and Fight to Abolish the IRS." But few Republicans will come out and say it. 

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What a GOP Senate Means for President Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

How would a Republican-controlled Senate change President Obama's final two years in office? Three political reporters explain what you should expect from a Senate power shift.

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Rob Astorino's Run for Governor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our series of interviews with the gubernatorial candidates continues with Rob Astorino, a Westchester County Executive running on the GOP line for Governor.

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Cleveland to Host 2016 G.O.P. Convention

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It is official: the Republican party has nominated Cleveland, Ohio to host the 2016 G.O.P. convention. Ohio is a key swing state in presidential elections, and it went to Obama in 2012.


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The IRS: Losing Records

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The IRS recently announced it lost a few years' worth of an employee's emails - someone who was involved with the extra scrutiny given to some right-leaning groups seeking tax exempt status.

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The Takeaway

Is America Becoming More Conservative?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In a major upset on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election to an unknown Tea Party challenger. It raises the question: What is the political direction of America? Are we in fact becoming more conservative as elections like these might suggest?

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The GOP Scrambles for New Leadership

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nobody saw this coming: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary race to the Tea Party candidate he outspent 13 to 1. This blows open the question of which faction will lead the party.

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Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Polling data from the Pew Research Center finds that since 2010, the percentage of Republicans who say they agree with the Tea Party has declined by 15 percentage points, from more than half in 2010 to 36 percent today. 

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Tea Party and GOP Face Off in Primary

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces off today against a Tea Party opponent in a primary race that has gotten a little too close for comfort. Cantor is expected to beat college professor David Brat, but the dwindling margin appears to be a rebuke of the party establishment that Cantor represents.

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Gov. Christie Inches Closer to National Spotlight

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week, GOP governors from around the country convened in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual Republican Governor’s Association Conference—a chance to welcome their new chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The meeting is a chance for Gov. Christie to elevate his own profile and hobnob with some of the GOP's biggest donors.  Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio reporter has been reporting on this year’s RGA conference.

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Government in Crisis, in Context

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

As Tea Party Republicans insist that Obamacare be defunded or delayed, government has ground to a halt. What do we make of this moment in historical context? Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Governing America: The Revival of Political History (Princeton University Press, 2012) discusses the history of shutdowns, inter-party schisms, and other moments of crisis.

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Candidate Catsimatidis

Friday, May 10, 2013

Our second round of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods, talks about his run for the Republican nomination.

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The Takeaway

Some Republicans Changing Their Tune on Immigration

Thursday, March 21, 2013

For the G.O.P., the consensus view says immigration has been a particular blindspot, but perhaps not for much longer. There's been a palpable change in both position and tone. And direction of the travel this week has, some suggest, hit hyperdrive. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, explains.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Republican leaders have issued a blistering 100-page assessment of their party. Reihan Salam, writer for the National Review's "The Agenda" policy blog, discusses the report about how to regroup for 2016--and how better to do outreach to ethnic minorities, women, and young people.

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What We Learned at the GOP Mayoral Debate

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School, contributor to Crain's New York Business, and author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City, discusses the forum he hosted for Republican mayoral hopefuls.


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Gov. Jon Huntsman on Bipartisan Cooperation

Monday, January 14, 2013

Brian Lehrer talks with Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and would-be Republican presidential candidate, about his new leadership role in the group No Labels.

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Explainer: How the GOP is Losing the Middle Ground

Monday, December 03, 2012

Despite all the talk of minority voters and demographic segments, there are signs Republicans are losing the political middle.

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Opinion: Chill Out, GOP - And Don't Abandon Your Principles

Monday, November 12, 2012

The chatter on both sides of the political aisle is as if Republicans haven't won an election in decades and likely won't ever again.

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Which Party Will Control the Senate?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The president and his opponent are receiving most of America’s attention today. But there are crucial Senate races unfolding across the country with the power to swing control in either direction. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, is here to give an assessment.