November 1, 2010 Voters in Alaska will have an unusual choice this Tuesday, they can support an unknown Democrat or a tea-party backed republican, but they can also write in the name of the sitting Republican senator. Jonathan Chait of The New Republic argues that the race is so complex that it is impossible to predict the winner.
November 1, 2010 David Cameron, England's Prime Minister, has enacted deep austerity measures in recent weeks, cutting budgets of many state agencies. But Andrew Stuttaford of the National Review argues that he should not be held up as an example for the GOP. The coupling of cuts with a 37 percent increase in foreign aid has angered much of the country.
November 1, 2010 Nestor Kirchner, first spouse and former president of Argentina, died Wednesday, marking the passing of a political dynasty. Anna Petherick of Foreign Policy argues that in some ways, Kirchner's passing will have the opposite effect of his presidency: a more rational and policy-driven debate in Argentina.
November 1, 2010 Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Cokie Roberts about the state of electoral play, one day before the midterm elections.
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October 30, 2010 With just three days left until the midterm elections, host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how past midterms have (at least temporarily) shaken up Washington and about some of the week's other top stories.
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October 29, 2010 Melissa Block and Michele Norris speak with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the week in politics. They talk about a report that former President Clinton urged the Democratic nominee for Florida Senate to drop out of the race and President Obama stumping for freshman Rep. Tom Perrillo of Virginia.
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October 29, 2010 Host Michel Martin and producer Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations on the program. Hear listener reactions to NPR's recent termination of news analyst Juan Williams." Also, a 22-year-old Tennessee man is headed to prison after his 2008 plot to assassinate then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.
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October 29, 2010 In this week’s installment of The Barbershop, host Michel Michel Martin talks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette and screenwriter and graphic novelist John Ridley. They discuss former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging Florida Democrat Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Senate race in Florida; Stephen Colbert and John Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” that will take place in Washington D.C. this Saturday; California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s recent comment on FOX News about her feelings toward the maid “an illegal immigrant” she fired; and Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James’ new Nike commercial.
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October 29, 2010 Ed Rollins, a Republican campaign consultant and advisor, discusses the GOP's chances of reclaiming the U.S. Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, as well as the impact of candidates from the tea party.
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October 29, 2010 The national debate over health care has focused on paying for insurance, but James P. Pinkerton of the National Review argues that our dollars would be better spent in research and development so that we can cure diseases, and not just treat them.
October 29, 2010 The Affordable Care Act, often called the health care overhaul, is under the threat of repeal by House and Senate Republicans. Harold Pollack of The New Republic argues that if President Obama wishes to work with the GOP on funding the policy, he should turn to the governors, who are held accountable for the uninsured in their states.
October 28, 2010 The Obama administration has come under criticism for its lack of job creation and economic growth, but Cord Jefferson of The Root argues that many of its accomplishments have gone unnoticed. In fact, the administration has implemented many policies that serve and protect minority communities.
October 28, 2010 NPR's Lee Hill takes a look at race relations in Great Britain. Blacks in the U.K. wrap up celebrations of October as Black History Month against a backdrop of racial tension.
An ad produced by the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) shows a Beijing educator in the year 2030 explaining how American deficit spending led to China’s conquest of the West.
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October 27, 2010 Guest blogger Jeff Yang explores how politicians are using the Chinese culture as a political weapon in Mid-Term election campaigns.
October 27, 2010 Japanese male culture seems to be putting less emphasis on career, and more on relaxation and quality family time. Some have decried this trend as the takeover of the country by "lackadaisical men in tight-fitting pants," but Joshua Keating of Foreign Policy argues that this does not signal a national economic decline. In fact, it seems to indicate a happy, healthy country.
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