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The Takeaway

The Future of Politics Reflected in 2014 Midterms

Monday, October 20, 2014

With a high number of retirements and vulnerable incumbents, the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance this election cycle.

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The Takeaway

What a GOP Senate Means for President Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

How would a Republican-controlled Senate change President Obama's final two years in office? Three political reporters explain what you should expect from a Senate power shift.

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The Takeaway

What You Need to Know In the Run Up to Mid-Term Elections

Monday, September 15, 2014

We're in the final stretch ahead of the mid-term elections. To take stock of the issues that could determine the future of Congress, we turn to Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jim Webb's Story

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

James Webb, former U.S. Senator (D VA) and the author of I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir, talks about his early life and how it shaped his politics.

→ EVENT: James Webb at the Hudson Union Society | Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m. | More Information

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Senate Candidates: Cory Booker

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mayor of Newark and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate representing New Jersey, Cory Booker, discusses his platform and candidacy ahead of tomorrow's special election to fill the seat.

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New Jersey News

Sen. Candidates Lonegan and Booker Clash Over Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

WNYC

U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan criticized Democratic opponent Cory Booker for not taking a stance on whether to use force in Syria.

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New Jersey News

NJ Senate Primary Turnout Wasn't the Lowest. But Almost.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WNYC

Thanks to the celebrity of Democratic front-runner Cory Booker, the race to fill the seat of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg  has garnered national media attention. But national headlines did little to motivate voter turnout. See live results here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Olympia Snowe on Bipartisan Progress

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This interview originally aired live on May 22, 2013. An edited version was aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Former Senator (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe, talks about her recommendations for bridging the partisan divide in Washington and what she learned during her time in office. She is the author now of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress .

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WNYC News

Newtown Families Lobby Lawmakers as Vote Nears

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

As the Senate prepares to vote on a gun control measure, relatives of victims of the Connecticut school shooting have been in the nation's capitol making a personal plea.

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WNYC News

Senate Subcommittee To Hold Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Senate Subcommittee led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping to shed more light on sexual assault in the military. Those testifying at the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on Wednesday include advocates for victims of sexual assault as well as members of the military.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Gillibrand: Gun Trafficking, Sequester, and More

Thursday, March 07, 2013

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) talks about her proposed legislation to combat gun trafficking and other issues.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New to Senate: Chris Murphy

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chris Murphy, newly elected U.S. Senator from Connecticut (D), talks about his new office, committee assignments, and priorities for his first term as senator.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gang of Eight's Immigration Reform

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

President Obama is expected to give a major immigration speech today. And over the weekend, a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators floated a proposal for immigration reform in advance of the president's speech today (read it below). Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, reacts to the various proposals being discussed.

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WNYC News

Senate Sandy Aid Vote Not Set Yet

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Boosters of the more than $50 billion dollar Sandy relief bill that passed the House last week say they can't say for sure just when the bill will be scheduled for a vote in the US Senate, although they expect it to come to the floor sometime this week.

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WNYC News

Watch Live | Obama Statement on Fiscal Cliff

Monday, December 31, 2012

President Obama is expected to make a statement on the fiscal cliff at 1:30 p.m. Officials familiar with the negotiations say the contours of a deal have emerged.

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WNYC News

The Sticking Points in the Sandy Aid Bill

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Since being introduced Monday, the Sandy supplemental aid package has been pilloried by conservative groups and senate Republicans for what they say is wasteful and unnecessary spending.

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New Jersey News

Newark Mayor Cory Booker to Explore Senate Run

Thursday, December 20, 2012

WNYC

Newark Mayor Corey Booker says he'll explore a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.  The seat is currently held by Frank Lautenberg, 88, who hasn't said he'll resign. 

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The Empire

Wendy Long seeks to be fresh new face in battle with Gillibrand

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Colby Hamilton / WNYC)

The article was updated to correctly state where Wendy Long attended law school. As was pointed out by Michael Gaynor, Dartmouth has no law school.

Inside a union hall near Times Square on Monday, New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, stepped onto a wobbly wooden platform to accept her party’s nomination to keep her job. Surrounded by “Gillibrand/Senate” posters and gleeful supporters, the Senator spoke of the how much she’d done since being appointed by then-Governor David Paterson in early 2009, and of the values that underlie her reasons for wanting to get back to Washington DC.

“It was only two years ago that we were all together in Rye,” Gillibrand said. “We know how much work we have to do in Washington. We know--all of us--that Washington is broken. But together we are bound by a sense of core, common values that bring us together; convictions of what we care about--that shared vision of equality, justice, and fairness that we have to make progress on.”

Gillibrand spoke about her fight for the 9/11 health care bill and her desire to see the DREAM Act passed. She spoke about bringing manufacturing back to America and fighting for women’s rights in the face of a new onslaught.

Wendy Long (Karen DeWitt / NY State Public Radio)

Meanwhile, as Gillibrand spoke about women’s issues, another woman a few blocks further north was waiting for the results of a key vote in her quest to be the Republican to challenge the Democratic incumbent. Wendy Long, a Manhattan-based attorney, received the most votes at her party’s convention on March 16, but her 47.4 percent wasn’t enough to get her party’s official backing.

Now, as she begins the primary sprint against Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, Long was on the verge of receiving the Conservative Party’s backing, making her the clear front runner to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for US Senate in November.

“If we can be sure of anything, it's that the immense challenges faced by our country and our nation cannot be solved by the same people in the same offices, casting the same votes for the same failed policies,” Long told Republicans in a speech at the convention. She cast herself as the fresh face in the race, looking to take Senator Gillibrand on her desire to see more women in politics.

Long may have joined the race late last month, but she has long been heavily involved in conservative activism and politics.

A native of New Hampshire, long attended undergrad at the local Ivy, Dartmouth, before studying law there and at Harvard and Northwestern. She went on to clerk for conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before joining the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network (the URL for which now goes to the Judicial Crisis Network) in 2005. An active supporter of the Supreme Court nominations of both John Roberts and Sam Alito, Long became the group’s lead voice of opposition to President Obama’s nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written,” Long wrote in a piece appearing on the National Review’s website in May 2009. She didn't limit her criticism to print:

In her letter announcing her run, Long says her experience working as a lawyer for “clients whose businesses were struggling against government overreach and overregulation – the things that choke opportunity and entrepreneurship, kill jobs, and undermine our constitutional freedoms” pushed her to get into the race.

We will fight with everything we’ve got against Barack Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Democratic Establishment in Washington, whom I believe are the real “one percent” – the elite liberals who think they are smarter than the rest of us, who want to take our hard-earned money and tell us how to spend it instead of letting us take care of our own families and communities, who think that government and not private enterprise creates jobs, and who if not stopped will destroy our Constitution and limited self-government.

Speaking with reporters on the floor of the Republican convention, Long pointed to the similarities that she and Senator Gillibrand share.

“Kirsten Gillibrand and I are very similar in our biographies. We’re both mothers, we’re both lawyers. But we couldn’t be more different in our beliefs, in our principles, in our politics,” Long said. The appeal of Wendy Long for New York Republicans and conservatives could be the total package of similarities and differences in a year when women may be the one of the biggest issues.

The congressional primary will be held on June 26.

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