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Social Issues Shift Focus in Colorado Senate Race

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Both Republicans and Democrats are keeping a close eye on Colorado's congressional races. As election day nears, the two Senate candidates, Republican Ken Buck and incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet, are polling dead even. The race is one of the closest in the country.

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The New York Vote

For an Immigrant-Wrangling Campaign Volunteer, No Enthusiasm Gap

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the third in a new five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players.

Today, the vantage point of an immigrant activist on Staten Island. There is no enthusiasm gap for her from 2008, when she worked for Barack Obama, and 2010, when she is fighting to elect Michael McMahon against a Tea Party challenger.

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Racists, The Tea Party, and Why This Anger Isn't Going Anywhere

Thursday, October 21, 2010

As of the NAACP’s recent report on racism in the Tea Party, the media is again abuzz with concern that bigotry is a prime motivator of the movement. We are also being told that the wise American today should worry about a new onslaught of racism.

I doubt both claims. What should depress us most about the Tea Partiers is that they, complete with racist freeloaders as well as an airheaded tantrum masquerading as a political ideology, may never be going away.

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WNYC News

Muslims and Tea Partiers Protest Big Media

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Yorkers got not one but two vivid reminders Sunday that they live in the nation's media capital when simultaneous rallies took place in Midtown Manhattan, organized by groups that feel wronged in very different ways.

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The Takeaway

Examining the Tea Party's Divine Claim to Nation's Founding

Monday, October 18, 2010

One of the key characteristics of Tea Party leaders and candidates is their almost divine claim to the symbolism of our nation’s founding fathers. Politicians have always reshaped the past to meet their own goals. But, with the Tea Party, the message seems more fervent. Fox News host Glenn Beck, for example, has told his viewers on Fox News that "progressives have built up this wall of separation between Church and State and it’s nonsense."

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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

The Literary Canon of The Tea Party

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The world may best know Glenn Beck and Rand Paul as Tea Party leaders. But Beck and Paul also happen to be avid readers, and both have mentioned their fondness for Ayn Rand and her dystopian novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Widely celebrated by Tea Party leaders, Ayn Rand's books have become centerpieces of the Tea Party’s literary canon; over the last year and a half, sales of her books have tripled as a result over the past year and a half.

How did this happen? What other books are on the Tea Party’s list of favorites? And what similarities does their canon bear to those of other political movements?

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Today's Comments Roundup: Tea Party Edition

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today on It's a Free Country we discussed whether or not the Tea Party is good for America, both in this live chat and on our website. Here is a sample of the discussion on the web.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Wonk Wars: Is The Tea Party Good For America?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos and author of the new book American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right, and Bryan Preston, a contributer to Pajamas Media and PJM tv, discuss the impact of the Tea Party on the country.

→ Share your thoughts at the Wonk Wars conversation room!

» And don't forget, live chat today at noon with Brian and others on the Tea Party. At the It's A Free Country home page.

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Wonk Wars: Is The Tea Party Good For America?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: The Tea Party Is Good For America

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Common Ground Chat: The Tea Party

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome to what we hope will be a polarization-busting chat - our attempt to find some common ground around some common issues. We're inviting anyone from anywhere on the political spectrum to get out of their silos and chat directly with others about the proposition "True or False: The Tea Party Is Good For America."

Here's how it works: we'll pair two chatters at a time for five minutes each pair, giving each a chance to state their case around a specific aspect of this topic. They'll have ample room to disagree but also a chance to say if they heard each other and learned anything new. Then, others may chime in too, and a new pairing will begin. Our very own Brian Lehrer will moderate - read, argue, listen, maybe change some minds or find some common ground.

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Today's Comments Roundup

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Buzzing »» Tea Party | Stimulus | Polling | Krugman vs. Gingrich

The Tea Party to me appears to be a successful re-branding of the Libertarian party. It's an expanded libertarian party that now includes social conservatives, conspiracy theorists and gun nut militia types. The Tea Party is good for America because they are pushing forward the debates that need to happen on whether we truly want to eliminate the social safety net or fully fund it, whether we want the Govt to invest in infrastructure and industry (ex. alternative energy) or leave it the to the private sector, and whether Federal regulation on business protects us or hurts us. I think it forces the left to educate the country that Fed regulation and investments benefit the country and it forces the right and left to deal with our underfunded government.

-- Marcus from Greenpoint on whether the Tea Party is good for America. »» Join the conversation

It depends what you mean. Is the Tea Party as a movement pushing the country in a positive direction? No. Is the Tea Party winning elections good? Yes. The quicker we put them under serious scrutiny and put them in positions of power the sooner it will be revealed that they have no coherent platform and no idea how to actually run a government.

-- Terrence from Staten Island »» Join the conversation

What is this "likely" voter stuff ? Are you taking the subject's word for whether s/he will vote? Have you ever studied how true this is? How would you? Sounds like the loudest people have the biggest effect. Polls affect behavior - - sometimes people don't vote for the candidate they favor if they believe the candidate has no chance.
People, remember the only poll that really matters is the one on election day!

-- Henry from Katonah on a conversation with three pollsters about how they could have arrived at such different results in recent NY Governor race polls »» Join the conversation

I think the stimulus (TARP) was just about right in size and scope. Even Keynes argued in his theory that government intervention was only meant to be short term in duration, to "prime the pump" and not a long term solution. It was to be a quick shock absorber meant to keep a crash from becoming fatal, like inflatable crash bags kick in during an automobile to save your life from the full impact.

-- Jgarbuz on whether the Obama stimulus had its intended effect »» Join the conversation

Obama and his party oversold the stimulus and practically nothing the government could do would have more significantly improved the economy by now. The right is manufacturing and manipulating discontent to continue the policies which helped get us into this mess in the first place.

-- Ron on the legacy of the stimulus »» Join the conversation

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P.J. O'Rourke Says Tea Party is Good for Democracy

Monday, September 27, 2010

WNYC

Tea Party has definately increased political involvement, not only among Tea Party members but among people who oppose the Tea Party members.

-P. J. O'Rourke political humorist and Cato Institute research fellow The Brian Lehrer Show

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Bullhorn: Tea Party Leader Says Post-Primary, Questions for Winning GOP Candidates

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Candidates have been describing the problems facing New Yorkers and Americans, but they have not done a very good job of communicating how they will do something about these problems. Just like in a job interview New Yorkers now want candidates to demonstrate ability. It's time to focus and give some answers.

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A NY Tea Party Gov Candidate Not Named Paladino

Monday, September 20, 2010

A wave of fiscal conservativism and pent up frustration with the political establishment helped propel first-time candidate Carl Paladino to the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Since that surprise victory over former Rep. Rick Lazio, many have ascribed Paladino’s victory to the Tea Party movement, which also fueled the unexpected victories of underdog candidates in Maryland and Nevada.

But Paladino, technically, isn’t a Tea Party candidate. And Steve Cohn finds that assumption a little irksome.

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Republican Big "Cautiously Optimistic" for November

Friday, September 17, 2010

WNYC
I'm cautiously optimistic, but strongly so, that Republicans in the House are going to do so well in November. People are tired of the old politics of villainization, of attacks and they want to see ideas come to the table based on the common sense conservative principles of less taxes, of free enterprise.

-Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Minority Whip on The Takeaway

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Tea Party Uses Obama Organizing Playbook

Friday, September 17, 2010

WNYC
What's really important to note about the Tea Party is everyone is focused on the rallies, everyone's focused on the crazy signs. But what starts happening is they really start organizing, and they start thinking about how they're going to take over the Republican Party and move it to the right. And what they're really doing is they're looking at the liberal's playbook, and they're looking at how Obama won in 2008. And they're saying, 'we need to do that.'

-Kate Zernike, New York Times National Correspondent and author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America

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The Takeaway

Party, Politicians Sliding Along Political Spectrum

Thursday, September 16, 2010

It has been a successful primary season thus far for The Tea Party, especially with a surprising victory for Christine O'Donnell over former two-term governor and nine-term Congressman, Mike Castle, to win the Republican nomination for the Senate race in Delaware, Tuesday night.

What do these Tea Party wins mean for the Republican Party, and is the GOP shifting on the political spectrum?

Kate Zernike is a reporter for The New York Times, and the author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America.

We also want to know from you: Are you moving along the political spectrum this election season? Are you finding yourself moving further left or further right this year? Let us know in the comments or text it to 69866 with the word TAKE.

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The Takeaway

Is the Tea Party Pulling the GOP Too Far Right?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today we consider the conversation happening between the Tea Party and the GOP to see if the two groups can converge on the same page. Delaware resident and leader of the Diamond State Tea Party Kevin Street joins us from the Tea Party. Conservative political journalist and blogger Reihan Salam, of the National Review, considers the fall implications for the GOP.

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The Takeaway

Is There a National Picture from State Primaries?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Though the headlines this morning say the Tea Party won big last night, that narrative discounts the fact that those candidates aren't likely to win in the general election in November. So what do yesterday's primaries say about the nation's political climate?

Jeff Zeleny, national political correspondent for The New York Times, explains what the results from these state-wide races can tell us about the national political picture or whether they hinged on local issues.

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