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Freakonomics: Does money make a president?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Conventional wisdom suggests that the more a political candidate spends on campaigning, the more likely he or she is to win the election. Stephen Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics book and blog, investigates.

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National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Tom Cole on November races

Monday, October 13, 2008

Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee Tom Cole of Oklahoma talks with The Takeaway about his party's challenges with three weeks to Election Day.

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In tight N.C. Senate race, Kay Hagan challenges incumbent Elizabeth Dole

Thursday, October 09, 2008

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole was considered a sure thing for re-election this year. But politics are shifting and her Democratic challenger, Kay Hagen, just might win the Senate race in this southern state.

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North Dakota Oil Diary: "It's always scary, until you get used to it"

Thursday, October 09, 2008

In my previous post about North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, I included a conversation with two young waitresses about their journey from opposite sides of the country to almost the dead northern middle. The girls had left their homes on the coasts with their boyfriends, searching for work in what they had heard was the beginning of an all-out oil boom.
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Democrats are expected to pick up seats as all House members face re-election

Monday, October 06, 2008

With a less than a month before Election Day, The Takeaway takes a broad look at the hundreds of battles for Congressional seats and why the Democrats are favored.

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New Hampshire's big senate race: Jeanne Shaheen vs. John Sununu

Monday, October 06, 2008

Guest: Josh Rogers, New Hampshire Public Radio political reporter.

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Letters From death row: the process of a Texas death penalty

Monday, September 08, 2008

On September 10th Charles Dean Hood will die by lethal injection — or not. He’s already received five stays of execution, which is not unusual for death row. What is unusual is why: there are credible allegations that the judge who presided over Hood’s trial was, during the trial, having an affair with the prosecutor who handled the case against Hood. For the latest developments we spoke with Michael Hall, Senior Editor of Texas Monthly. He’s been corresponding with Hood since 2002.

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Detroit's mayor resigns

Friday, September 05, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, once the city’s rising star, resigned in a cloud of violence and scandal. We’ll talk to a long time Detroit journalist on what happened – and what’s next.

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The mayor who cried “Mother of All Storms”

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin called Gustov “The Mother of All Storms.” If it was a scare tactic to move the residents of New Orleans out of the city, it worked. Residents left by the thousands, fearing what could have been a repeat of Katrina. Now as the storm begins to settle, The Takeaway talks to Lolis Eric Elie, Metro Columnist for the Times-Picayune, about what the mayor will do the next time New Orleans is threatened.

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North Dakota Oil Diary: "People around here need to be ready to change"

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I drove from Minneapolis to Minot, North Dakota, this year as a late spring snowstorm was brewing. Interstate 94, near the state line, closed down and the two lane highways and farm roads snaking westward were covered in hard ice and occasional, demonic flurries of drifting snow. I concocted a route around the storm with some helpful farmers at a gas station. My car limped west then north, west then north, on a maze of empty back roads.

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In Post-Katrina New Orleans, an ambitious social and educational experiment

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Orleans has experienced a boom in charter schools and a renewed sense and mission for public education. It’s a grand experiment, and Paul Tough, an editor for the New York Times magazine, tracks it in this Sunday’s edition. Is this is a model for the nation or is it yet another dream deferred?

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick jailed after defying terms of bond

Friday, August 08, 2008

A Michigan judge ordered Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail for breaking a bond agreement Thursday. Kilpatrick, who is facing eight felony charges for allegedly lying under oath, says he went to nearby Windsor, Ontario, on official business to push the sale of the city’s Michigan-to-Ontario underwater link.

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California's $15 billion budget shortfall

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

California has a $15 billion budget hole and a political stalemate in full tilt boogie. Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is playing with taxes and payrolls as a game of chicken continues with Democrats and fellow Republicans.

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Who’s the incumbent? Not me!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In Florida, voters may be scratching their heads trying to figure out which political candidate is the new guy, and which one’s in office now. The Takeaway talks with political consultant Roger Austin, who explains that for some incumbent politicians, the taboo phrase of this campaign season is, “re-elect.”

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Thousands of ex-cons became mortgage scammers in Florida

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Miami Herald investigation has revealed that thousands of convicted felons, including bank robbers and people convicted of drug, fraud and grand larceny were allowed to write mortgages, costing state residents millions of dollars.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg challenges federal poverty standards

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Guest: Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC

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Hungry for change: Rethinking how the poor get healthy and affordable food

Monday, July 07, 2008

Back in the 1960’s, when the middle-class fled the cities for suburban refuge, there was an unforeseen consequence: the ‘grocery gap.’ It’s been widening over the years and as gas and food prices soar it’s gotten harder for the poor to get healthy and affordable food. One man, however, with a very simple plan, is turning this around: Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans.

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Washington state debates the right to die

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Supporters of a controversial right-to-die initiative in Washington state are expected to head to the State House this morning to deliver a petition bearing 225,000 signatures in support of the bill. In a grimly ironic twist, the chief opponent of the proposition and the chief defender are both ill with Parkinson’s disease.

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State of Florida plans to shutter U.S. Sugar Corp. in Everglades conservation deal

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Guest: Damien Cave, The New York Times

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What would you tax to fix your state's budget crisis?

Friday, May 09, 2008

December 19, 2008: The State of the States: Talking budget cuts with N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine and Wisc. Gov. James Doyle

December 19, 2008: Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA, makes music about taxes

May 28, 2008: At least 28 states and the District of Columbia are expected to face budget shortfalls next year. What would you tax to fix your state’s budget crisis? Gas guzzlers? Beer? MP3s? Porn?

May 12, 2008: Chart: State deficits, 2008-2009
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