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New Poll Shows Lack of Faith in Government

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New York Times/CBS News poll released Tuesday reveals a deep sense of frustration with government as both political parties have failed to give voters a sense that they can fix the economy. Seven in 10 Americans think the policies of Republicans favor the rich, while two-thirds support raising taxes on millionaires. A report from the Congressional Budget Office also out on Tuesday says that incomes for the top 1 percent of earners have grown by 275 percent in the last 30 years, versus just 40 percent for people in the middle income scale. The poll's findings are bad news for both Republicans and Democrats alike as they prepare for a pivotal election in 2012. New York Times national political correspondent Jeff Zeleny helps parse the numbers and explains what this means for the country.

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WNYC News

Herman Cain's Campaign Sends Up Strange Smoke Signals

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If you thought the whole Herman Cain phenomenon couldn't get any stranger, think again. A new Cain campaign video shows Mark Block, his campaign chief of staff, delivering a soliloquy into the camera, saying in part how unique the candidate and campaign are before he then takes a drag from a cigarette.

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The Takeaway

Flash Poll: Which GOP Candidate Would You Vote Off?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Earlier this week we asked our listeners to participate in a flash poll about GOP candidates participating in the 10th presidential debate. With so many Republican debates so far (Wednesday was the 10th), and so may to go (12 more), we wanted to see how listeners might thin the herd. We wanted to know: of the four candidates polling the lowest, who would you "vote off" the next debate? The choices were Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), and Jon Huntsman. Who did you choose? 

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The Takeaway

Republicans Debate Immigration and Other Issues in Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Republican presidential contenders took their latest debate to Las Vegas on Tuesday night, where they discussed immigration, health care, and the economy. The debate was tense at times as Rick Perry tried to regain his momentum, and Mitt Romney defended his Massachusetts health plan. Candidates also briefly weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Did Herman Cain prove to be a viable opponent to Mitt Romney? And did Rick Perry help his chances, or further sink his campaign?

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: GOP Debate, Dems Vegas Summit, Housing Numbers

Monday, October 17, 2011

Republicans will hold their next debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday. Maggie Haberman, senior political writer for Politico thinks this is a make or break moment for Rick Perry. "If Perry has a bad performance," Haberman said, "it'll be virtually impossible for him to come back." Herman Cain's performance will also be closely watched as he is running very high right in the polls now. If Perry falters, could Cain be a valid challenger to Romney? In response to the GOP's debate, Democrats began their Project New West summit on Sunday, also in Vegas.

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WNYC News

Rick Perry Offers His Version Of 'Drill, Baby, Drill'

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ask yourself what sort of energy plan you would likely get from a conservative governor from the oil and gas patch who gets a lot of political and financial support from the fossil-fuel industry and who is openly hostile to the federal government and that's pretty much the energy plan Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed Friday.

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WNYC News

Report: Romney Campaign Urged Nevada To Pick January Date

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Interesting tidbit from the Las Vegas Review-Journal report on Wednesday's decision by the Nevada Republican Party's decision to move its caucuses to an earlier date, Jan. 14 to be exact. Mitt Romney's campaign urged the move.

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The Takeaway

Democratic Leaders Propose New Tax on Millionaires

Thursday, October 06, 2011

On Wednesday, Senate Democratic leaders proposed a five percent surtax on Americans with incomes of $1 million or more per year. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the surtax would raise nearly half of $1 trillion over the next decade, which is the amount necessary to cover President Obama's jobs bill. A recent CBS news poll showed that 64 percent of Americans think that those who earn more than $1 million per year should pay more in taxes, which means the public may be on board for the new tax. Now, Democrats will need to gain Republican support for the measure.

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WNYC News

What Chris Christie Can Learn From Rick Perry's Latest Travails

Monday, October 03, 2011

Rick Perry's troubles hold good news and bad news for Chris Christie. Good news in that Perry has failed to capture the imagination of the base, and bad news that the intense scrutiny of a presidential campaign can unnerve even a confident campaigner who was wooed to enter.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Wall Street Protests, Jobs Bill, Ben Bernanke

Monday, October 03, 2011

The New York police department arrested over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters Saturday, for allegedly walking across the Brooklyn Bridge's roadway, instead of using the pedestrian path. Now in its third week, the movement has spread to other cities around the nation. Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to testify before Congress tomorrow on the economic outlook for the country, and unemployment figures are set to be released Friday, as President Obama continues to push his jobs bill. And Nevada has moved its caucus date back, ahead of Florida's, which will likely affect the race for the Republican nomination.

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WNYC News

Romney Ensures Perry Has Long, Hard Night At Orlando GOP Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the most of his opportunities not only to raise doubts for voters about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hostility towards Social Security as a federal entitlement but Perry's character.

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The Takeaway

The Nuts and Bolts of President Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Republican critics like Mitch McConnell are calling it "class warfare" and a "massive tax hike" with "phantom savings." The president calls it simply a matter of shared sacrifice. Is Obama's new deficit reduction plan, which he unveiled in a speech Monday morning, a piece of legislation with a legitimate shot of being voted into law or simply a campaign move ahead of the 2012 election? And does the president's math add up when he says the bill is paid for?

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The Takeaway

Is Social Security a 'Ponzi Scheme'?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry branded Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" and "a monstrous lie" during last week's Republican debate in California. Traditionally, Social Security is usually a topic candidates shy away from, out of fear of losing the support of elderly voters. Perry's fellow candidates used his statements as ammunition against him during last night's Tea Party-sponsored debate.

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The Takeaway

A Republican Reacts to Obama's Jobs Proposal

Friday, September 09, 2011

Last night, President Obama implored Congress to pass his plan to stimulate the economy. The question now is whether his proposal has any chance of passing a Congress where Republicans have indicated they have little interest in working with him. Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to George W. Bush, talks about whether the president's plan has any chance of gaining GOP support.

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The Takeaway

Obama and Libya: Political Implications

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

With Col. Muammar Gadhafi's rule in Libya seemingly over, President Obama called for him to step down, to avoid further bloodshed as rebel forces continue to fight loyalists in the capital of Tripoli. Republicans are calling for an even bigger military presence in Libya. It's safe to say that Obama has some difficult decisions ahead, in regard to how the U.S. will be involved in Libya's transition to democracy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 2012 Republican Race and the Romney-Huntsman Rivalry

Friday, August 05, 2011

John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine, breaks down the latest news from the 2012 Republican presidential race and his cover piece on the history of the Romney-Huntsman rivalry.

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Transportation Nation

Republicans to Introduce Transportation Reauthorization Bill Tomorrow

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

House Republicans will formally introduce their surface reauthorization bill Thursday.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chair John Mica (R - Florida) is scheduled to unveil the bill at 11am. It's being broadcast live via webcast on the committee's web page.

Democrat Barbara Boxer, who heads the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, said today that the Republican plan would cost Americans hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a six-year, $556 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. No word yet on a dollar amount for the House bill, but some reports said Republicans will propose cutting funding for highways and transit by one-third.

 

 

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Afghanistan, Debt, Republicans

Monday, June 27, 2011

Robert Gates will step down as Secretary of Defense this week, with Leon Panetta taking over. Panetta will have a lot on his plate, starting with the start of U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan later this week. Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at what obstacles are in store for Panetta as he begins his reign as Defense Secretary. 

President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders to try and come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling, or face going into default. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at the economic effects this on-going debate could have if a conclusion is not reached soon. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whose Conservatism?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review and author of Right Time, Right Place: Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, weighs in on Republican politics and the Right's guiding philosophies.

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The Takeaway

Assessing Newt's Fate and the GOP's Field of Presidential Hopefuls

Friday, June 10, 2011

Yesterday, a half-dozen senior advisers on the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign team resigned. Gingrich’s campaign manager was among the six. At the very least they’ve made the political comeback that Gingrich was working on a bit more complicated. At worst, they’d destroyed his hopes for unseating President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. 

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