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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Republicans Get to Work, Morning Headlines

Friday, November 12, 2010

A week after they cleaned up in the midterm elections, the Republicans are trying to establish their goals. But with Tea Party candidates among their ranks, the GOP might have some divisions to grapple with first. 

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The Takeaway

After Elections, More Compromise Between White House, Congress?

Monday, November 08, 2010

Although President Obama didn’t exactly eat humble pie after the Republicans won the House in last week’s mid-term elections, it does seem like he’s starting to lean towards making some big compromises with members of the GOP in the coming months.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Republicans' Next Steps, Obama in Asia

Monday, November 08, 2010

After the beating Democrats took in last week's mid-term elections, all eyes, including those of our managing producer, Noel King, will be looking at what the GOP's initial moves will be this week. She'll also look at President Obama's continued trip through Asia, along with Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio.

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The Takeaway

One More Time Around on Financial Reform?

Friday, November 05, 2010

Now that the midterm elections are over, the shakeup in Congressional committees are about to begin. Republicans have made it clear that when they take control of the House this January, they'll be targeting several key pieces of President Obama's agenda to roll back. A number of Republicans ran on repealing the president's health care reform legislation, but far fewer of them have talked about their desire to repeal the sweeping financial regulation bill passed earlier this year. Louise Story, business and finance reporter for The New York Times, explains what this means for President Obama and consumers.

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WQXR News

Obama Schedules November Meeting for Democrats, Republicans

Thursday, November 04, 2010

President Barack Obama has scheduled a meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders on November 18.

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It's A Free Blog

A Mandate for Governing from the Center

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Tuesday's results were a not a no-confidence vote against Obama, nor was it a vote for the Republicans’ platform. Polls indicate that voters are mad at everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike. They simply voted out the party in power.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Getting Along Across Party Lines

Thursday, November 04, 2010

After Tuesday's elections, Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, and Democrats managed to hold on to the Senate.  We asked you: Can Democrats and Republicans get along? Also: Where can President Obama and Republicans find common ground? You've been weighing in with a variety of responses.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Steven King on GOP Victories, Agenda

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Republicans made major gains in the House of Representatives in yesterday's mid-term elections. What's next? Investigations of the Obama administration, a de-funding of the president's agenda, or a total legislative stalemate? Rep. Steve King knows. The Republican from Iowa's fifth Congressional district handily won reelection last night over his Democratic challenger.

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The Takeaway

Outside Groups Spend Big as Elections Approach

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

These mid-term elections are seeing massive amounts of money being raised and spent both left and right, from party committees to outside independent groups — much, much more money than the last mid-term elections in 2006. Over $260 million has been spent by outside groups, who have been able to remain largely anonymous since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, earlier this year. 

But what are contributors expecting in return for their millions of dollars? 

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Transportation Nation

In Maryland Governor's Race, Purple Reigns

Friday, October 22, 2010

(Washington, DC — David Schultz, WAMU) Some cities use letters or numbers to name their train lines; here in D.C., we use colors. Depending on where you're going, you take the Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Orange Line or Yellow Line. The iconic D.C. Metro map is an artful study in the use of these five primary colors.

But for years, there's been talk of a new color - the Purple Line. Until recently, the Purple Line has been more myth than reality - in part due to the light rail project's nearly $1.7 billion price tag. In the past four years, however, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) made it a priority and has begun seeking federal funds for the Purple Line.

O'Malley is up for election this year and Bob Ehrlich, his Republican opponent and his predecessor as Governor, is not a Purple Line supporter. And that may end up costing him the election.

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Transportation Nation

Transit Tunnel Proponents, Caught Off Guard, Fight Back

Monday, October 18, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  Almost up until the time New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he'd be shutting down the largest transit construction project in U.S. DOT history, federal government supporters and local planners seemed to believe the ARC tunnel couldn't die.

The project's benefits were too great, they thought — doubling commuter rail capacity into New York City, reducing carbon emissions, creating 6,000 construction jobs and many more permanent jobs — for it to die.

But they read Governor Chris Christie wrong.  A belt-tightener whose national star is on the rise in the Republican party, Christie had become alarmed by some preliminary figures he'd seen showing cost overruns, and never wavered from that stance, even as his administration was quietly lobbied.

Now the lobbying is getting noisy. The New Jersey AFL-CIO is staging a "major rally" Tuesday at the construction site, and the Regional Plan Association, Tristate Transportation Campaign, and other groups are leafleting and say they'll be running advertisements in major dailies.

They have as their ally U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  LaHood already convinced a reluctant Christie to "review options," over a two-week period ending this Friday on the project's future.  The agreement came after an unusual meeting where LaHood and top staff flew to Trenton.  LaHood said Monday he'll be meeting again with Christie to "present information" gleaned in the two-week review.  No word yet on what kinds of options New Jersey and the U.S. DOT are looking at, or whether all this noise will budge the determined Christie one bit.

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It's A Free Blog

Boomerang?

Monday, October 18, 2010

An AP poll shows that a quarter of voters who voted for the Democratic Party in 2008 are voting for the Republican candidate in the midterms and half of them may simply stay at home.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Religion and the Right

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jeff Sharlet, journalist and author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, Azi Paybarah, WNYC reporter and blogger, and conservative columnist and author of Paranoid Nation Matt Towery, talk about religion, the Republican Party, and whether or not some candidates are pandering to religious bigotry.

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The Takeaway

Is There A Single Tea Party Platform?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ever since April 15th, when Tea Party groups emerged around the country, the public has been hearing a lot about what—and at whom—Tea Party anger is directed. But as America heads into the midterms with dozens of candidates endorsed by local Tea Party groups on the ballot, it's time to take a look at what the Tea Party wants.

In other words, without a national party structure or official spokespeople, what is the best way to identify common planks of a Tea Party platform?

Matt Kibbe joins the show to discuss that question. He’s the president of conservative political group FreedomWorks, and the author of a book called "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto."

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The Takeaway

Newt Gingrich's Plan for America

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In 1994 during the Republican Revolution, which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led, the rhetorical artillery of the right was wrapped up in his “Contract with America.” Could a similar rhetoric work this time around?

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It's A Free Country ®

TRANSCRIPT: Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rick Lazio called into The Brian Lehrer Show while Brian and WNYC's Azi Paybarah were dropping his run for Conservative Party run for governor.

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The Takeaway

In Conn. Senate Battle, Mixed Emotions Among Party Faithful

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton traveled to New Haven to campaign for Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal, a Democrat, is running against Republican Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, in a tight race for Christopher Dodd's U.S. Senate seat. Anna Sale, editor of WNYC's new political site, It's a Free Country, traveled to the rally in New Haven to speak with the voters and protestors in attendance.

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It's A Free Country ®

Two Republican Takes on Pledge to America

Friday, September 24, 2010

WNYC
What the pledge does do is a very healthy step in the right direction. It says no taxes increase in a recession. It says we have to focus on creating jobs. It says we have to control spending.

-Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on The Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

Paladino Has Newt's Support

Friday, September 24, 2010

WNYC
If you want to rebuild jobs in New York State, Carl Paladino is the only choice in the election.

-Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on The Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

16 Years after Contract with America, GOP Outlines a New Vision for America

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Almost sixteen years ago to the day, Republicans laid out their midterm platform in their Contract with America. It preceded a sweeping victory for the GOP in Washington, as they took control of the House of Representatives and Newt Gingrich took the Speaker's gavel.

Now, they are laying out a new vision in a Pledge to America (thanks for posting, Politico!). 

How much difference does 16 years make? What stands out to you in the two platforms? Give us your read - and tell us whether you're a Republican, Democrat, or Independent.

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