Alec Hamilton

Senior Producer, WNYC News

Alec Hamilton appears in the following:

IAFC's Guide to Candidates and Their Super PACs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Well, here we go.

A year after the Citizens United v. Federal Election ruling severely relaxed any prohibitions on the use of corporate and union money in elections, the implication of that ruling for the 2012 elections is becoming evident.


Christie Makes the National Case for His NJ Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is he going to jump off and get into this fray, or is he simply just going to be a bystander… Does he have the courage to jump in? — Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey...

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Ron Suskind on the Education of a President

Thursday, September 22, 2011

He has trouble having people think ill of him because he’s being decisive. He is an essential actor of this era in American history, and for better or for worse, his evolution as an i...

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GOP Debate Guide: What the Candidates Have Said this Week

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Republican candidates have been busy this last week, though political coverage has been dominated by the president’s jobs plan and speech before the U.N. But don’t worry - It’s A Free Country is here to catch you up on the 2012ers again, pre-debate.


Understanding Obama's UN Speech

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Everyone has their own style and things that they bring to the General Assembly, but for them it’s a moment if theater in which they’re trying to communicate to the rest of the world ...

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Mitch Daniels on Keeping the Republic

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What you’d like to do is win the next election with a large consensus of Americans ready to make big change. — Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The GOP Fight Over the HPV Vaccine

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[W]ho would have thought this would be the big issue in the Republican primaries? — Washington correspondent for the New Yorker magazine Ryan Lizza on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How September 11 Shaped our Laws

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remember before 9/11? When you could go through airport security without taking off your shoes and take a day trip into Mexico or Canada with only your driver's license?

Ten years and two wars later, It's A Free Country takes a look at some of the legal changes that have outlived Osama bin Laden.


Recapping the GOP Debate with Reihan Salam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark. — Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The ...

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Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum the Decline (and Potential Comeback) of the U.S.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark. — Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Frie...

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Unemployment and the President

Monday, September 05, 2011

On this week's Washington Report, WQXR's Kerry Nolan speaks with chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times David Sanger about the political implications of the job numb...

Next for Obama: Focus on Infrastructure

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Honestly in politics it’s hard to overestimate how incompetent people are… you can't totally write off the possibility in politics that people were just bumbling, because often, peopl...

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale continues her monthly series with us. This week: how independent groups are going after minority voters.

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Connie Mack's Plan to Balance the Budget, One Penny at a Time

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Florida Congressman Connie Mack has a plan to save the country from its growing deficit, using nothing but pennies.

Mack, a Republican, is promoting a "one-cent solution" to balance the budget in eight years by cutting spending every year by one percent. The proposal, called the One Percent Spending Reduction Act of 2011, aims to eliminate one penny from every dollar spent by the federal government, reducing the GDP from 25 percent to 18 percent and then capping it there.

The ideas seems popular among GOP lawmakers. The Act lists thirteen co-sponsors, and at least one more, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, has announced intention to sign on once the recess is over. Several key conservative organizations have endorsed the plan, including FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union and the One Cent Solution.


New Immigration Policy Offers Hope to the DREAM-Act Eligible

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We’re talking about a pretty large number of people across the country, as many as three-quarters of a million, 750,000 people, across the country, who might immediately be eligible i...

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NJ Rep. Lance: Washington Must Next Act on Jobs

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I am willing to consider the proposals of the president… my personal view is what we need is certainty in the economy. — New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) discusses what he...

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What To Expect From Obama's Jobs Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A short term band-aid is not the worst thing in the world. — Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Mormonism and American Politics

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The LDS membership, notably in Utah, is the most faithful to the Republican party than any other group, even more than people who identify as evangelicals. — Richard N. Ostling, fo...

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Art From the Disintegration of an Empire

Friday, August 12, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Liz White talks with WQXR and WNYC arts critic Carolina Miranda about the former Soviet bloc exhibits at MoMA and the New Museum.


Rangel Turns 81 In Good Company

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Charlie Rangel's birthday bash fundraiser was a bit like an encyclopedia of Democratic New York politics.

Present at the Plaza Hotel ballroom were Assemblyman (and CD-9 hopeful) David Weprin, Queens Party boss Congressman Joe Crowley, and former NYC mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.

Onstage, Dinkins referred to the small group of protesters standing in front of the Plaza, calling for the resignation of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (also present). Dinkins said it reminded him of last year's party, when people protested Rangel.