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State Democrats Remain in Holding Pattern over Senate Leadership

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Bronx state senator is refusing to budge on the issue of Democratic control in the legislature.

REPORTER: Senator Ruben Diaz and two fellow Democrats have been withholding support for Malcolm Smith of Queens to become majority leader, until Latino lawmakers are granted leadership positions. But ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Next for Congress?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

U.S. Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ, 5th district), will talk about how the new administration and a larger Democratic majority will change things for Congress.

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The Takeaway

McCain, Palim stump for Georgia Senator at risk

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"National Republicans really think they can hold the line and stop the bleeding."
-- Susanna Capelouto

U.S. Senate party affiliation numbers (as of Nov. 13, 2008)

57 D (55 D + 1 I + 1 ID) | 1 D leads | 1 Runoff | 1 R leads | 40 R



Read and listen to more about the close races in the Senate »

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The Takeaway

Lincoln Chafee on the GOP's losses

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Thicker than Voting?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Barack Obama and George Bush have met face-to-face. Are you finding post-election reconciliation in your life? Are you part of a Red/Blue family that has since made nice?
Tell us your story. Comment below!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Old President, Meet the New President

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

John McKinnon, White House Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, discusses the details of the meeting between President Bush and President-Elect Obama and highlights some of the key policy differences that are coming to the forefront. What do you think: Should taxpayers bail out the auto industry? Comment ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Next for Defense?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

John Bennett, staff writer for Defense News, previews the Defense Department under the Obama Administration.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama Effect

Monday, November 10, 2008

Many think the Barack Obama election created a new spirit of public service in this country. But will it last? Huffington Post contributor Linda Bergthold discusses whether Americans will follow through on their inspiration. How about you? Has your Obama-inspired call to action manifested itself, or ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

History in the Making

Monday, November 10, 2008

Peniel Joseph, associate professor of African American Studies and History at Brandeis University, contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and the author of Waiting' Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America (Owl Books, 2007), offers historical context for the election of Barack Obama.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Transfer of Power

Monday, November 10, 2008

Timothy Noah, senior editor at Slate, and editor of Reputation: Portraits in Power, talks about who Obama shouldn't pick for his cabinet. And Noam Scheiber, senior editor of The New Republic discusses the transfer of power and Obama's decisions so far as President-Elect.

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WNYC News

Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend ...

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WNYC News

Monserrate Reportedly Prepared to Support Malcolm Smith in Senate Leadership Role

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Democratic official says New York Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate will support Malcolm Smith for majority leader, all but sealing the party's majority on January 1st and improving Smith's chances of running the Senate. The Democrat spoke on the condition on anonymity because the official wasn't ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Feet to the Fire

Friday, November 07, 2008

The left is lining up to make sure the Obama administration follows through on its more progressive promises. Elise Gould, health economist at the Economic Policy Institute, Ted Lewis, human rights director for Global Exchange, and Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Professor of politics and African-American studies at

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The Takeaway

AK Senate race

Friday, November 07, 2008

Alaska's Senate race remains undecided three days after Election Day, and Senator Ted Stevens is still fighting to hold on to his seat after being convicted on seven counts of corruption in a federal court.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: US-Iran Relations in an Obama Administration

Thursday, November 06, 2008

We look at how an Obama presidency could affect the U.S.’s relations with Iran, and what we should look for in Iran’s own elections happening next year. Robert Powell is Middle East Analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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The Takeaway

Prop. 8

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack Obama's election to the top office in the United States was accomplished in part by his recruitment of thousands of new black voters. But though the president-elect is one of the more liberal members of the Senate, his constituency has a conservative streak. Nowhere is that clearer than in California, where the passage of Proposition 8 — an amendment to the state constitution that will ban gay marriage — can partially be attributed to conservative leanings among many black voters. So what does that say about the soon-to-be president's mandate? The Takeaway talks to Joe Hicks, a commentator for Pajamas TV and a talk show host with KFI.

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The Takeaway

Counting votes

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Georgia is still red for a fourth consecutive presidential election, but in the Senate race, things aren't clear two days after Election Day. Votes are still being counted, and there may well be a runoff election called for Dec. 2 between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin. Georgia Public Broadcasting News Director Susanna Capelouto explains the status of the race, while Paul Gronke, director of the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College, scores Tuesday's voting process.

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WNYC News

World Musicians Sing the Obama Tune

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack Obama wasn't just popular among the young; he was the favorite of musicians from around the world. WNYC's Rob Weisberg has this musical tribute.

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WNYC News

Only Modest Gain in NYC Turnout

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Despite the dancing in the streets and the long lines at the polls, New York City's turnout rate was somewhat underwhelming. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The city's board of elections hasn't given out final numbers. But it is reporting that 2.34 million New Yorkers ...

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WNYC News

Lieberman's Future Still Uncertain

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Former Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman, Senator of Connecticut, is not saying whether he'll continue to caucus with Democrats or whether he's still chair of the Senate's Homeland Security committee.

Lieberman had this to say after his meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

REID: We must now unite ...

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