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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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In Announcing He's Announcing, Pawlenty Fires at Obama

Monday, May 23, 2011

"The truth is our country's in big trouble," former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said in a preview video released in advance of his Iowa speech today, before he unleashed on the incumbent.


NY26: Ugly Race Conceals Real Fear of a Region's Decline

Friday, May 20, 2011

For district voters, the question isn’t whether a party, Pelosi or Paul is better for this district. They’re yearning for something more simple and much more difficult: who can st...

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New York's 26th Special Election

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, discusses the contentious special election in NY's 26th district.

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Booker on his Political Future: Maybe Senate, Maybe Gov

Monday, May 16, 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker said he absolutely feels "in the right place at the right time doing the right thing," but that doesn't mean he's not wondering about what might come next when his second term comes to an end.

Speaking to WNYC on Monday, he said he hasn't ruled out running for a third term, particularly if his school reform agenda is getting traction, but he noted that he knows political success can be hard to sustain past the eight year mark. 

"If I stayed in politics there’s only two other seats in New Jersey," he said. "That’s governor and senator."

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NY26 Race Brings Washington Budget Battle to Western NY

Monday, May 16, 2011

This special election comes after Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY26) resigned in January after Gawker published shirtless photos that he'd sent in response to a Craigslist ad (while being married). The district has not had a representative in Congress during the pitched budget battles of the last several months, including for the vote on Paul Ryan’s budget.

But the May 24 special election has brought the raging Washington budget debates home to Western New York. As it’s gotten closer, it’s gotten meaner, with everyone from Karl Rove to Carl Paladino to Chuck Schumer entering the fray. 


Ron Paul, and his Grassroots Army, Is In for 2012

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ron Paul declared his candidacy for president for the third time on Friday, "because the time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for thirty years, so I think the time is right."

He told George Stephanopolus on ABC's Good Morning America that he's running as a Republican, not as an independent, because it "is just about impossible" to get traction and media attention outside the party system unless "you're a billionaire like Ross Perot." 

"If I was an independent, George, you would not have me on this program this morning," Paul said. "There's nothing wrong with nudging the Republicans to a true constitutional position, stick to their guns on fiscal conservatism." 

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Minnesota's Pawlenty Legacy? Not So Nice

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Home to both Michelle Bachmann and Al Franken, Minnesota is caught in a battle for its political soul. During his eight years in the governor's office, Tim Pawlenty was on the front lines. Now, as he runs on that record in his quest for the presidency, he's presenting himself as the Great Red Hope from a Blue State.

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Republican Debate Reaction: How Do We Look?

Friday, May 06, 2011

Tim Pawlenty's the most important sleeper in the race. He has good ties to all segments of conservatives and in the Republican party. He's bright, he's articulate, he doesn't have f...

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Republican Debate Reaction

Friday, May 06, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, to offer her quick take on last night's first debate of the 2012 election season. She will be joined by Charles (Chuck) Dunn, professor of government at Regent University and Reihan Salam, National Review Online domestic policy reporter.  

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5 Things We Learned from the First GOP Primary Debate

Friday, May 06, 2011

While only five candidates took the stage last night in Greenville, S.C. for the first Republican debate, we learned plenty of useful things about the field and what's likely to come next.

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What did GOP Hopefuls Talk about in '07 Debates? Deficit and bin Laden

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Four years ago this week, Virginia Tech was still recovering from the shock of a massacre, James Franco was best known for new star turn in Superman 3 (not his multiple grad degre...


In Ground Zero Visit, Obama Emphasizes the Sacrifices of New Yorkers

Thursday, May 05, 2011

During his first visit to Ground Zero as president, Obama walked somberly across the stage, individually greeting members of the NYPD, FDNY and the Port Authority. He spoke out of ea...


After the Death of Osama bin Laden, Obama Calls for Unity. Will Anyone Listen?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

President Obama drew a standing ovation when he mentioned the death of Osama bin Laden before a bipartisan dinner in Washington Monday night.

He paused on the meaning of the moment in Washington. “We were reminded again that there is a pride in what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve, that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics,” he said.

“It is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face,” Obama said.


The Politics of Osama bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

It's A Free Country Political Reporter Anna Sale discusses what the death of Osama bin Laden means for the GOP, President Obama, and the 2012 elections.

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