Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is one of the most talked-about figures in politics today. With her new book, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," coming out today, we wanted to hear from the people who love and support her in the Republican party.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sarah Palin is already getting a blitz of media attention with her record-breaking new reality TV show and her influential role in this year's mid-term elections. But this week, she'll be hitting the airwaves in earnest to promote her new book, "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag."
While many commentators (including many Republicans) are quick to dismiss her chances at a presidential run after her failed Vice Presidential run in 2008, it's hard to ignore her as a force on the public stage. So we're asking our conservative followers in particular: Are you tired of all the criticism of the former Alaska governor? Make the case for Sarah Palin.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Betsy Reed, executive editor of The Nation and co-editor of Going Rouge: Sarah Palin – An American Nightmare, and Rebecca Traister, senior writer for Salon and author of the new book Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, talk about women and the midterm elections.
Monday, September 13, 2010
As one of the last states to hold primary elections, Delaware has been the focus of a lot of national political attention. In a recent interview with Fox's Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin flexed her political clout and officially endorsed Tea Party Express-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell. But what does a Palin endorsement mean for GOP Rep. Mike Castle, the veteran Congressman and former Delaware governor, as he bids for the same senate nomination?
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Manhattan Borough President (and 2013 contender) Scott Stringer cheers the unanimous vote by the NYC Landmarks Commission that paves the way for an Islamic cultural center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero.
And he takes a shot at critics of the plan:
"From the racist rants of a discredited Tea Party leader to the cynical posturing of a floundering gubernatorial candidate, this process has been manipulated by those looking to get headlines and score political points. We reject their divisive tactics."
The plans for 51Park have become a rallying point for cultural conservatives near and far, even drawing the attention of Sarah Palin. Locally, GOP gubernatorial candidates Carl Paladino and Rick Lazio have voiced their opposition to the plan, pressing Andrew Cuomo to explain in detail why he supports it.
So far, Cuomo hasn't responded.
UPDATE: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (another 2013 contender from the West Side of Manhattan), is less combative in her description of the plan’s opponents:
“The debate around this cultural center has been difficult and divisive. It has shown us that many of the wounds of 9/11 still exist. But the true way to honor the Americans who died fighting for our country’s founding principles is to respond to the proposal of this mosque and cultural center with support, with a deepened commitment to religious freedom, and with a deepened commitment to New York City being the freest, most tolerant, and most accepting place in the world.”
Friday, July 02, 2010
Dickter's interview with Blakeman got refershingly deep into the weeds of foreign policy.
Around the 3:30 minute mark, Blakeman says the US is no longer preventing allies from talking to rogue or unfriendly nations.
"The president of Brazil met with the President of Syria. Assad. Bashar Assad. I cannot think that if George Bush was still president, that the President of Brazil would meet with the Syrian president. I cannot imagine a scenario where that would happen."
Around the 4:10 mark, Blakeman hits Gillibrand for not bringing the White House closer into Israel’s corner:
"So, I think there’s a fundamental shift away from Israel and towards the Palestinians, by the administration. Senator Gillibrand has been absolutely silent on that, and I think that has emboldened Iran."
On the home front, Blakeman praised Chris Christie as someone "reflecting the new Republican Party." When asked about Sarah Palin, Blakeman was complimentary, but not non-committal about her 2012 chances.
“I think there’s a perception that she’s not smart. I think she’s very smart. I think she does have great communication skills, leadership skills, but there a lot of good Republicans out there who could be potential presidential candidates, and I think Sarah Palin is just one of them.”
Monday, February 08, 2010
Our weekly look ahead at the news for the next seven days with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson, BBC political correspondent.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Have former governors Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee chosen to forgo politics in order to cultivate their celebrity status? That's the view of our guest, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, who writes in an op-ed this week that both candidates chose to cash in on their celebrity following the 2008 elections, instead of working towards wider policy and governing experience. We also speak with Cindy Gallop, an advertising consultant and former chair of the advertising agency BBH.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Nazes Afroz, executive editor for the Asia-Pacific region for the BBC, take a look at what's ahead for Indian prime minister Mahmohan Singh's first visit to the White House this week. They'll also take a look at what's ahead in Afghanistan; what's next in health care reform; what retailers can expect on Black Friday; and another week for Sarah Palin's book tour.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
As Sarah Palin chats with Oprah and releases her new book, "Going Rogue," we take a look at the role of women in the GOP and Palin's political future. Why are there relatively few Republican women currently in Congress? Is the party inadvertently losing women because it's shifting to a more conservative position? And will Palin run for office again? Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Republican strategist Mary Matalin weigh in.
Friday, November 13, 2009
- Business Takeout: New York Times reporter Louise Story reveals how tough business can be in Iraq. Even though the U.S. is spending billions there, American companies are having a tough time landing local contracts.
- Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps last night's Bears/49ers game and gives his predictions for the upcoming weekend in the NFL.
- Book Takeout: New York Times reporter Kate Zernike tells about Sarah Palin's new book, "Going Rogue." The book isn't due for release until next week, but it's already making waves.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Sarah Palin now stands victorious over a sinister array of dark conspiracies. We’re not talking about the media or liberals, though: Palin’s win is over best-selling author Dan Brown. Her still-unreleased memoir is now number one online. "Going Rogue: An American Life" sits atop the best-seller lists at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Motoko Rich covers the book business for The New York Times, and she tells us how important this is in the publishing world.