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Opinion: Santorum 'Disgusted' With Two-Player Debates

Friday, January 27, 2012

All four candidates had a good night. They each got in memorable lines or quips. Gingrich did not blow away the debate as he did in South Carolina. Romney exceeded expectations and seemed more confident again (as he was when he was the sure winner in about October or November ...

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Opinion: GOP Debate Recap - Nothing Sunny In the Sunshine State

Friday, January 27, 2012

There was nothing sunny about the last debate in the Sunshine State. The Final Four know that you don't win by being nice and they hardly pretended. Gingrich slammed Romney for investments his blind trust made in mutual funds that bought shares of Fannie and Freddie (convoluted enough for you?). ...

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Senate Transpo Bill Moving Forward, Ron Paul Challenges Rivals To 25-Mile Bike Ride, Hoboken Eyes Bike Share

Friday, January 27, 2012

Top stories on TN: a Chinatown bus company that ignored a shut down order in December now has a restraining order to prevent it from operating. A new Chevy Volt ad conveys the message 'it's morning in Hamtramck.' And a senator is introducing a bill that would require a new health study of x-ray body scanner machines used in airports.

Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ (photo by incendiarymind via flickr)

Ray LaHood's gloomy prognosis for a long-term surface transportation bill has set off a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill...(Washington Post)

...and improved his outlook, at least for the Senate bill. (Politico)

Question to Ron Paul in Thursday's Florida Republican presidential debate: Are you fit enough to be president?  Answer: "I'm willing to challenge any of these gentlemen up here to a 25-mile bike ride any time of the day in the heat of Texas."  (Video; YouTube)

New York State legislators are frustrated by the State DOT's lack of information on funding major infrastructure projects. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

...which worries some: just where is this $15 billion going to come from? (AP via Wall Street Journal)

Hoboken and Jersey City may collaborate on a bike share system. (Jersey Journal)

California is preparing to force auto manufacturers to slash smog-producing tailpipe pollution by three-fourths, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that more than one out of seven cars sold can run on electricity within the next 13 years. (Bay Citizen)

If the United States wants to continue to be the major player in the global economy, it needs an efficient, robust aviation system. (Marketplace)

Concerns over transportation continue to plague the London Olympics, which are just six months away. (Washington Post)

When it comes to buying cars, women do their homework -- and they generally get better deals than men. (NPR)

NY MTA head: subway stations need more entrances. (New York Daily News)

Ford Motor Co. reported $20.2 billion in net income for 2011 Friday — its best year since 199. (Detroit News)

What's so bad about a little public (sticker) shame -- especially if it helps deter illegal parking? (New York Times)

The Texas Transportation Commission approved raising the speed limit to 75 mph on about 1,500 miles of interstate highways in the state. (American Statesman, KUHF)

Alaska Airlines has ended its 30-year practice of giving passengers prayer cards with their meals. (USA Travel)

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Romney Is Aggressor in Final Florida Debate

Thursday, January 26, 2012

An aggressive Mitt Romney repeatedly challenged Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich in a fast-paced campaign debate Thursday night, ridiculing the former House speaker's call to build costly projects in key primary states and to colonize the moon.

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After Son Rand's Detainment, Ron Paul Raises $60K and Counting in 'End TSA' Money Bomb

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ron Paul has raised over $60,000 in his "End the TSA" money-bomb since yesterday, when the TSA detained his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, for refusing a pat-down.

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Opinion: Mitt Romney is the Not-Bad Candidate in a Sea of Terrible Ones

Monday, January 23, 2012

With the idea that they're the same politically, people are choosing based on personality. And yes, let's insert the obvious joke here that it's hard to do that with Mitt Romney since he doesn't have one. Yet, for the second presidential election in a row, I'll be voting Mitt Romney to try to stop the other guys from winning.

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Transportation Nation

Senator Rand Paul "Detained" by TSA in Nashville

Monday, January 23, 2012

A spokeswoman for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the libertarian lawmaker was "detained" by the Transportation Security Administration  in Nashville after setting off a full body scan.

The spokeswoman, Moira Bagley, said Paul set off the machine "on a glitch." She said Paul was detained after refusing a full-body pat-down following the alarm. Paul is a staunch critic of the TSA in general and pat-downs in particular, calling them a violation of constitutionally-protected civil liberties.

"That don't fly," Bagley stated in an email. She said Paul put in a direct call to TSA chief John Pistole, whom Paul has fiercely criticized in writings, speeches and Capitol Hill hearings.

TSA officials denied that Paul had been detained.  "Passengers who refuse to complete the screening process cannot be granted access to the secure area," a TSA spokesman said.

It was immediately unclear whether Paul was free to proceed or whether the agency was using a differed definition of the word than the was the senator's staff.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), the senator's father and  a Republican presidential candidate, posted messages on his Facebook page and Twitter feed stating his son had been "detained".

"There was an 'anomaly' in Rand's initial body scan, so my son requested to be scanned a second time. TSA demands a full body pat down and Rand refused," stated a post on Ron Paul's Facebook page.

The TSA issued a statement denying Sen Paul was detained, but saying instead he was denied access to the terminal because passengers who refuse security screening are not allowed to proceed.

Sen Paul was scheduled to speech at the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington Monday.

UPDATE: Bagley confirms to TN that Sen Paul rebooked on another flight, was rescreened without incident and went on his way without incident. "He's heading to DC," she said.

Bagley would not say what further steps Sen Paul may take in the wake of the incident. "Weird how the anomaly disappeared during the same screening process," she said.

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Track: South Carolina Primary Returns

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's primary day in South Carolina, the first-in-the-South presidential primary. Track returns on our Patchwork Nation map. It shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 46 counties, but how the candidates are doing in each of state's five community types.

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Opinion: Thank Citizens United for the Bloody Battle in South Carolina

Friday, January 20, 2012

With Super PACs savaging candidates left and right, January 21st is a fitting date for the South Carolina Primary: it's the two-year anniversary of Citizens United.

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Watch: Colbert's Pro-Cain Super PAC Ad, and Others

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We've been hearing a lot in recent debates about Super PACs and 527s and all the secretive nasty things they do during campaigns. Here's what they look like in action, starting with Stephen Colbert's latest ad for Herman Cain.

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Candidates Sell Themselves—and Attack Each Other—in South Carolina

Friday, January 13, 2012

Newt Gingrich reminds voters of that time Mitt Romney sang "Who Let the Dogs Out?" and other campaign strategies from the Palmetto State.

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Track: New Hampshire Primary Returns

Monday, January 09, 2012

The map on this page shows not only who’s winning in each of the state’s 10 counties, but, using Patchwork Nation, it shows how the candidates are doing in each of New Hampshire’s four types of county – from the wealthy Monied Burbs to the Service Worker counties.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Ron Paul Supporters

Monday, January 09, 2012

We open the phones for Ron Paul supporters and other libertarians to talk about his platform and candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. 

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Paul, Santorum and Huntsman: The Final Sell Before NH

Monday, January 09, 2012

Two hope to keep their surprising momentum going, while a third looks for his big break.

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Opinion: A Last Look at the Romney 'Slide' in New Hampshire

Monday, January 09, 2012

A tracking poll shows Romney sliding. Is this the Iowa roller coaster all over again?

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: One-Way Streets Losing Favor, Nigerian Unions Launch Strike Over Fuel Costs, Taking Parking Lots Seriously

Monday, January 09, 2012

Top stories on TN:
Exploring Grand Central’s Secrets, With the Author of Hugo Cabret (Link)
California Budget Supports Bullet Train, Would Create New Transportation Agency (Link)
Houston Starts Small As It Tries Out First-Ever Bike Share (Link)

A Christian Lacroix-designed tram in Montpellier, France (photo courtesy of Montpellier Agglomération Officiel)

Transit advocates are expressing doubt over the capacity to run an express subway train from midtown Manhattan to a proposed new convention center in Queens. (WNYC)

Montpellier, France, is installing "what may be Europe’s sexiest tram system." (New York Times)

Nigerian unions have launched a nationwide strike over soaring fuel costs. (BBC)

Taking parking lots seriously as public spaces: "Lots don’t need to be dead zones." (New York Times)

One-way streets are in the crosshairs of some city planners. (National Post)

The Detroit Auto Show is happening this week. (Detroit Free Press; coverage)

Legislation being drawn up in Atlanta could play a key role in determining the fate of the state's $6.14 billion transportation referendum scheduled for this summer. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

To market more cars to Americans, Volkswagen is getting less German. (NPR)

Los Angeles Times pro-high-speed rail editorial: "The point is, you can take the long view or the short view toward the bullet train. The expert panels are taking a short view; we prefer the long."

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to start construction of a new Central Terminal Building at La Guardia Airport in 2014. (Wall Street Journal)

Police are ticketing passengers for subway infractions like propping up feet on a seat, blocking the doors, or taking up more than one seat. (New York Times)

Transit advocates haven't given up hope yet for a bus lane over the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (Journal News)

"Let's do a bicycle ride!" Ron Paul wants to prove he's healthy enough to be president. (Politico)

Before the "L," Chicago ran on cable cars. (WBEZ)

Reminder: New York City's first-ever subway line work shutdown begins tonight. (TN)

 

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The Takeaway

Ron Paul's Youth Appeal

Friday, January 06, 2012

With neatly combed white hair, conservatively cut suits, and solid military service, Ron Paul may not seen like the fiery political outsider that all the kids are rallying around. But looking ahead to the New Hampshire primaries, pollster John Zogby says "Ron Paul gets 35 percent of Independents and 54 percent of 18 to 29 year olds." Many young voters in this age group are drawn to Paul's hard-line libertarian politics, particularly his anti-war stance.

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Opinion: Romney's Lead Isn't Safe in New Hampshire

Friday, January 06, 2012

New Hampshire poses a much bigger threat to the Republican Party's struggle to designate a Presidential nominee than we thought.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: GM Reinforces Volt Battery, Queens Convention Center Builder Wants Swift Subway Link, Buenos Aires Doubles Subway Fares

Friday, January 06, 2012

Top stories on TN:
Getting Around the Bay in 2012 Just Got Harder and More Expensive (Link)
Now He Can Say It: Walder Calls NY’s Infrastructure “Terrible” (Link)
Filling in the Blanks Of New York’s Infrastructure Plan (Link)

Buenos Aires subway (photo by posterboy2007 via Flickr)

GM is reinforcing the Volt battery with extra steel. (Detroit Free Press)

The company behind a proposal to build a new convention center in Queens said it will work with New York's MTA to fund uninterrupted subway service between Midtown Manhattan and the proposed convention center. (Wall Street Journal)

Buenos Aires is doubling subway fares after Argentina handed control of the system to the city--and decreased subsidies. (Bloomberg News via San Francisco Chronicle)

The feds have given final approval for a $1.7 billion transit line along Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. (AP via Sacramento Bee)

Freakonomics quorum: can Amtrak ever be profitable? Discuss. (Link)

RadioBoston kicks around solutions to prevent Boston's transit service from being slashed. Two words: congestion pricing. Other ideas: quasi-privatization, automatizing trains, and implementing zone fares. Read the comments section for even more. (WBUR)

NY Senator Charles Schumer wants the commuter tax credit back. (Staten Island Advance)

Yet another rescuer tries to save Seattle's historic Kalakala ferry. But: "It may have looked cool, but it was hard to maneuver and kept running into things." (NPR)

Ron Paul video from 2009: "By subsidizing highways and destroying mass transit, we ended up with this monstrosity."(Streetsblog)

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The Takeaway

Competing Economic Plans for 2012

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

As the GOP field narrows itself down we wanted to take a closer look at each candidate's economic plan for the 2012 election. Which candidate is addressing your concerns about the economy, and what initiatives will have a positive impact on the size of your wallet? American Public Media's Marketplace has a good shapshot of each candidate's economic plan. We've put a more comprehensive view of the candidates' positions below.

On Thursday's show, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich will try to explain the difference between each economic vision. Have a question about who will address your concerns? Tell us what issue you'd like the next president to tackle at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE. 

 

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