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The Takeaway

Franken wins? Not so fast.

Monday, January 05, 2009

It ain't over till it's over. A day before the 111th Congress convenes, Republican senators are claiming that they will block any attempts to seat Democrat Al Franken, who currently holds a slim lead over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck returns to The Takeaway to explain what this week will bring for Minnesota politics.

"This could last a couple of months if they choose to and they could actually order another recount."
— Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck on the continuing political drama over the Minnesota senate seat

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The Brian Lehrer Show

2008 News Quiz: Another Chance

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Here's another chance to test your wits. More quiz questions on the news of 2008.

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WNYC News

Election Helps Community College Kids Find Their Voice

Friday, December 19, 2008

INTRO: For many New Yorkers the presidential election is in the rear view mirror, but for a group of first-time voters at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the revelations from that day keep on coming. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

SUZANNE: Freedom from your parents...religious freedom...what ...

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WNYC News

Minister's Concerns with Rick Warren

Friday, December 19, 2008

The new senior minister of New York's historic Riverside Church Brad Braxton is taking issue with president-elect Obama's selection of Rick Warren to lead the inauguration's invocation.

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Braxton says disagrees with Warren's position against gay marriage. He says Obama should be ...

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The Takeaway

The White House transition means all hands on deck

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

In just over a month President-elect Barack Obama will take over the White House and right now an unprecedented transition is taking place. While there have been transitions before, this is the first in the post-9/11 federal government and the first changing of the guard at the Department of Homeland Security. Peter Baker from the New York Times has been covering the issue.

For more of Peter Baker's coverage, read his article "Obama Team Has Forged Another Link With Clintons," in today's edition of the New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Energy Czar

Thursday, December 11, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama intends to nominate Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. For insight into what the pick illustrates about the Obama administration, The Takeaway talks to New York Times reporter Matt Wald.

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WNYC News

McMahon Ready for Capitol Hill

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Michael McMahon is the first Democrat in 28 years to represent the 13th Congressional district, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn

In just four weeks, Michael McMahon, a city councilman from Staten Island, will be sworn into office as part of the 111th ...

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The Takeaway

Georgia chooses a Senator (finally)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss has been declared the victor in a runoff Senate race in Georgia.
"There's this picture of this out-of-place, older white man with these two rappers, basically saying go out and vote. I think every young person looks at that and says: I know this isn't real. This guy doesn't know the difference between a T.I. tune and a Ludacris tune."
—Georgia Public Radio news director Susanna Capolouto on Jim Martin's failed Senate race

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The Takeaway

Georgians head back to the polls in election’s final round

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

If you thought the election was long over, you haven’t been to Georgia lately. For a look at how national politics is playing out in the final round of the election, we turn to Georgia Public Broadcast’s Susanna Capelouto.

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The Takeaway

What if economists ran the White House?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

An American president's economic advisers are arguably the most influential group of financial policymakers in the world. So why is that team so often free of high-regarded economists? "Freakonomics" co-author Stephen Dubner joins the program.

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The Takeaway

Minnesota's Senate race has no immediate end in sight

Monday, December 01, 2008

As the rest of the U.S. moves on from the 2008 election, Minnesota is still trying to determine who will represent the state in the US Senate. After leading by 215 votes, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is still in danger of losing his seat to Democrat challenger Al Franken despite Franken’s recent set back over absentee ballots. Now the US Senate’s Majority Leader has stepped into the fray increasing speculation that the Senate may take the rare move of getting involved in a state election. Today The Takeaway talks to Tom Scheck of Minnesota Public Radio as the manual re-count of more than two-point-nine million votes heads into its final days.

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The Takeaway

Minorities and morality: A growing conservative streak in the black community

Monday, December 01, 2008

California’s Proposition Eight, which bans gay marriage, has brought to light a conservative streak among African Americans. Around seventy percent of black voters in California say they voted in favor of the ban. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow joins The Takeaway to share his insight into why blacks voted yes on Prop Eight.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What It's Like to Cover the Presidential Campaigns

Monday, November 24, 2008

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a member of the press corps following around Obama, McCain, Palin, and Biden? Hear about it firsthand from reporters who were embedded with the candidates during the campaigns – from the constant travel, the gulped down fast food and the ...

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The Takeaway

What women lost in the 2008 elections

Monday, November 24, 2008

When Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Governor Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, ran for the top offices in the country, the White House's glass ceiling looked like it might be shattered. But Amanda Fortini, a writer for New York Magazine, says the “Year of the Woman” in presidential politics reinforced stereotypes, set women back and made President-elect Barack Obama’s road to gender equality a lot rockier.
"It's harder to stereotype people when you see them in more nuance and full color."
--Amanda Fortini on the perception of women in politics

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bill Ayers’s Fugitive Days

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bill Ayers talks about how he became a flashpoint in this year’s election – and whether he really has been “palling around” with Barack Obama. His new memoir about his days with the Weather Underground is Fugitive Days.

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WNYC News

Celebrating Obama Win

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MoveOn says its members raised $88 million towards Barack Obama's win.

Now it intends to maintain the momentum. MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, says tonight's gatherings will help set the progressive agenda.

PARISER: The parties are going to be a launching pad for what we hope is ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Coming Down to Earth

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and author of Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom, explains how we should move beyond post-election euphoria and get to work on what really matters.

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The Takeaway

Minnesota Senate race re-count begins

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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The Takeaway

Alaska's Ted Stevens loses Senate seat

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"A Democrat hasn't come from Alaska to Washington in nearly 30 years."
--Libby Casey on the changing Alaskan political landscape
Current U.S. Senate party affiliation numbers (Nov. 19, 2008):

58 D (56 D + 1 I + 1 ID) | 1 Runoff | 1 R leads | 40 R


» More on the close races for the Senate at vote2008.thetakeaway.org

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WNYC News

Enter to Win: One Pair of Inauguration Tickets

Monday, November 17, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer plans to hold a statewide Internet lottery to handle the deluge of residents wanting to attend President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration.

Schumer's office has received nearly 100,000 ticket requests so far. It says it will distribute approximately 350 tickets in a random drawing ...

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