Anna Sale

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Gillibrand's Bipartisan Partisan Pitch to Women

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Fiery leader is just the latest role for Gillibrand, who’s preparing for her first campaign for her first full term in the U.S. Senate. No longer the upstate NRA darling who was app...

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The 5 Campaign Messages in Obama's Press Conference

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In his first press conference since March, President Obama was ostensibly focused on his ongoing negotiations with Congressional Republicans about a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The president didn't announce any substantive new policy positions, but he did bring a a new swagger to the positions he's staked out. He tried to paint Washington Republicans as posturing procrastinators, and to polish his own profile in five key messages.

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Pawlenty Embraces Bush Foreign Policy Rhetoric but Not Bush Himself

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A two-term governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy experience consists mostly of his trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to visit Minnesota National Guard troops. Up to this point, he's run on his record in Minnesota, where he wielded vetoes to cut the size of government despite a Democratically controlled legislature. And he did it with unflappable niceness.

But in a Republican field without a John McCain (or a Colin Powell or David Petraeus waiting in the wings), Pawlenty sees some unclaimed territory on the party plank. In his first major speech about war and security at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday, Pawlenty articulated a robust, hawkish foreign policy driven by “moral clarity” — and took swings at President Obama and his fellow Republicans in the process.

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At Gay Rights Event, Attendees Listen for Obama's 'Evolving' Gay Marriage Position

Friday, June 24, 2011

Barack Obama, as a senator then presidential candidate and now as president, has struggled with his political position when it comes to supporting same-sex marriage. As a candidate for State Senate in Illinois, Obama filled out a questionnaire and wrote, "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages." (White House officials have said he was really referring to civil unions.)

In 2004 when he ran for the U.S. Senate, Obama said he would fight for equality for gay couples, but not for gay marriage. And on the presidential campaign trail in 2008, the candidate told Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren that, "marriage is the union between a man and a woman." Since becoming president, Obama has had a strong track record on supporting LGBT issues and has said that his position on gay marriage is "evolving." Last night in New York City, speaking at the “Gala with the Gay Community,” gay leaders were listening to see if the president would come any closer to endorsing gay marriage. 

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At LGBT Gala, Obama Rankles Some Donors with Cautious Stance on Marriage

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Barack Obama was met with standing ovations and jeers at a Manhattan fundraiser geared toward LGBT supporters. He emphasized his belief in equality for gay couples, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage.

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Obama to Rally LGBT Supporters While Hedging on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Barack Obama is holding a LGBT fundraising gala for gay and supporters in New York City Thursday night at a pivotal moment for the same-sex marriage bill in New York.

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Obama Details Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

President Barack Obama detailed his plans for beginning troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in a White House address Wednesday night. He said this was made possible because of Osama bi...

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Weiner Out, Now What?

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale weighs in on the resignation of Anthony Weiner and what comes next, from special elections to redistricting battles.

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Local Party Bosses Will Be Kingmakers for Weiner Replacement

Friday, June 17, 2011

The political jockeying has begun to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner in New York’s Ninth Congressional District.

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After Weiner, Will Special Election Be a Referendum on Obama?

Friday, June 17, 2011

A mixture of cheers and jeers followed seven-term New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner's announcement Thursday that he would be resigning from public office. Weiner apologized to his constituents and to his wife for the sexting scandal, in which he admitted to sending lewd messages and photos to at least six women. Weiner was one of the more outspokenly liberal members of the House – and his 9th District that has been a Democratic stronghold for decades. Will his successor's replacement change the political spectrum or become a referendum on President Obama's politics, as a litmus test for 2012?


Filling Weiner's Vacant Seat: How a Special Election Could Work

Thursday, June 16, 2011

For the second time in six months, New York party officials will be scrambling scramble to settle on candidates for a special election.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner Resigns Amid Scandal

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, 10 days after he first admitted he had sexually charged online relationships with several women: "Today, I a...

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Rep. Anthony Weiner to Step Down

Thursday, June 16, 2011

WNYC and It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale reports on the news that Rep. Anthony Weiner will step down in the wake of a "sexting" scandal, in which the Congressman sent lewd photographs to women via Facebook and Twitter.


In Shadow of Albany Debate, Obama Plans LGBT Fundraising Gala in NYC

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As lawmakers in Albany debate whether New York will become the second state to legalize gay marriage by legislative action, President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is planning a major LGBT fundraising gala in New York City. 

Obama is set to speak at the June 23 event, timed to coincide with New York Pride.

Tickets for the gala at the Sheraton in Manhattan range from $1,250 for a ticket to the dinner up to $35,800, which covers dinner for two and a photo with Obama.


New Hampshire GOP Debate: The Likely Zinger Questions

Monday, June 13, 2011

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After months of spring games and fan meet-and-greets, today is Opening Day in New Hampshire. Seven Republican contenders are facing off tonight in the first primary debate in this first primary state.

And in case you’ve been distracted by contests that are actually consequential at this point, like the Sox and the Yankees for example, here’s a guide to the curveballs CNN’s John King is likely to throw out.



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Pelosi, Reid Distance Themselves from Weiner

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I know Congressman Weiner, I wish i could defend him. But I can't. -Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner.  

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As Pataki Raises Pre-Presidential Money, Is It 2008 Redux?

Friday, June 03, 2011

A new ad on New Hampshire television this week starring former New York Governor George Pataki is stoking renewed speculation that he may not sit 2012 out after all. The ad is narrated by Pataki and is ostensibly about federal debt. It begins with a pointed critique of Obama, and concludes with Pataki appealing directly to the view. “Join us,” he says. “You know we can do the right thing.”


Operating in Palin's Shadow May Cast Romney in Better Light

Thursday, June 02, 2011

As former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney begins the official portion of his campaign for the presidency, he is sure to draw the most attention in national headlines – particularly...


Will Travel for District: History's Notable Carpetbaggers

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Word is that Dennis Kucinich is on the hunt for a new political home. The Ohio Congressman’s losing his seat to redistricting, and rather than run head-to-head with a neighboring representative, he’s considering flexing his national celebrity across the country from Cleveland in a Congressional district in Washington State.

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Democrat Kathy Hochul Wins New York's 26th District Seat

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Democrat Kathy Hochul will be representing New York’s 26th congressional district in Congress. The Erie County clerk won in a special election Tuesday defeating Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R) and businessman Jack Davis, who was running under the banner of the Tea Party. New York's 26th District — formerly represented by Rep. Chris Lee (R), who resigned after a shirtless picture appeared on the Internet — is economically struggling, and has an older electorate than the national average. Democrats have called the election a "referendum" on Paul Ryan's plan to reform Medicare.

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