Politics

Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy.

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Elections 2012
4:04 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Obama Returns to N.H. and Hits GOP Budget Plans

President Obama campaigns in Windham.
Josh Rogers, NHPR

Speaking in the sweltering gymnasium of Windham High School, Mr. Obama told a crowd of 2300 that the policies of Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan would benefit the rich and hurt the middle class. Mr. Obama argued that under the budget supported by Ryan, Romney would pay less than 1 percent of his income in taxes. The President also said Romney’s plans would raise taxes on middle class families by $2000 a year.   

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

The 2012 Veepstakes

Its the other big 'sporting' event this summer. Many are playing the guessing game, as to who his second in command might be, and lots of names are being tossed about as possible contenders, including a certain Junior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.  We’ll look at this process, what it means for the Romney campaign, and who your choice would be.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Polling and Polarization, with Frank Newport: Editor-in-Chief at Gallup

In his many years analyzing American opinions, Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at Gallup, has noticed a growing and sharper political divide in this country, even for a nation that was founded on partisanship.  We’ll talk about these trends, the demographic and cultural forces behind them, and why we still say we want compromise.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Riled up over Religious Freedom!

Since the time of our founding, we’ve had the debate over the separation of church and state.  And this election year, this theme is emerging again,  in terms of contraception coverage,  public prayer and policies regarding same-sex couples.  We’ll focus in on this often blurry line and how it’s being discussed today.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

August 4: Gus Speth - Forging a New Politics To Drive Real Change in America

C. Young Photography, via Flickr

This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on July 29. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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Word of Mouth
10:04 am
Thu July 26, 2012

The Blackout Battle

Photo Credit Premshree Pillai, Via Flickr Creative Commons

America’s blackout boom—our national electric grid is badly in need of an upgrade, as power outages are seemingly becoming the norm, especially with the onset of extreme heat and increasingly inclement weather. This has many people wondering why the power industry seems to be lagging behind when it comes to innovations to keep the lights on, and how politics plays a part in stagnating investment into renewable energy and smarter grid infrastructure.

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The Exchange
8:13 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidate Maggie Hassan

Courtesy photo

We launch our coverage of New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primaries with Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan. An Exeter business attorney, Hassan was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and served as Senate Majority Leader. We’ll talk with Hassan about her candidacy, including why she’s the only democrat in this race to take the pledge against broad-based taxes.

The Exchange
9:30 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New Hampshire House Minority Leader Terie Norelli

Democratic Representative Terie Norelli just completed perhaps her most difficult session ever…outnumbered three-to-one by Republicans, a massive defeat that called into question her party’s approach and agenda for the state.  We’ll look at the session from the Democrats’ perspective, after we spoke yesterday with House Speaker Bill O'Brien.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien

Republican State Rep. William O'Brien on The Exchange (Nov. 2010)
Brady Carlson NHPR

William O'Brien, The Republican House Speaker from Mont Vernon, has kept himself in the headlines over the past two years, both for his leadership and for dramatic changes in state government.  Some Granite Staters praise O’Brien for following through on promises made during the election and shaking up state politics, but others call him a “polarizing figure” and even a “bully.”  We sit down with him to talk about the past two years and his hopes for the November Elections.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Taking the Temperature of the Tea Party

Several years ago, a grass-roots movement called "the Tea Party", united around fiscal conservatism and played a pivotal role in the republican resurgence.  More recently though, some suggest that its political clout is waning, but Tea Party members say they’re just working more strategically, and will be as influential as ever in twenty-twelve. Monday we're joined by a roundtable of Tea Party members to talk about the direction of the movement.

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All Things Considered
6:11 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

In Stratham, Romney Makes Pitch to Small Town Voters

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney at Scamman Farm in Stratham, June 15th, 2012.
Josh Rogers NHPR

Republican Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire today, kicking off a five day bus tour that will take him through six battleground states. Romney spoke in Stratham, the same town where he kicked off his second presidential bid nearly a year ago.

NHPR's Josh Rogers was with the Romney campaign. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the event.

Politics
3:12 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Romney Launches Tour Across Battleground States

Josh Rogers NHPR

Republican Mitt Romney began a bus tour of six battleground states today in New Hampshire. The tour marks a new phase for Romney’s campaign.

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It's All Politics
5:37 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

GOP, Democrats Tussle Over Romney Call For No More Police, Teachers, Firefighters

Mitt Romney's team is sticking by his comment in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday that voters' desire for smaller government means they don't want more cops, teachers or firefighters.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 10:54 am

Mitt Romney's assertion Friday that the message of last week's success by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in fending off a recall was that voters want no more teachers, firefighters and police officers had a chance to ferment a bit over the weekend.

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Commentary
4:36 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Week In Politics: Wisconsin Recall, Presidential Race

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:59 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now it's time for our regular Friday political observers, columnists David Brooks of the New York Times, and joining us from NPR West in Culver City this week, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Welcome back to both of you.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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Presidential Race
4:20 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Leaked Emails Show A Bipartisan Governor Romney

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 6:59 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This week, the Wall Street Journal has reported on some of the emails that Mitt Romney wrote when he was governor of Massachusetts and those emails document his very active role in getting the Massachusetts health care plan passed, including his strong advocacy of the individual mandate, the requirement that people buy health insurance.

Joining us now from Boston is Journal's senior editor, Mark Maremont. Welcome.

MARK MAREMONT: Thank you, Robert.

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All Things Considered
6:07 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

O'Brien Names New Majority Leader as Questions Remain About Bettencourt Conduct

Politics usually take a break over Memorial Day weekend, but not this year in New Hampshire. State House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt abruptly resigned after admitting he had falsified documents for a law school internship.

NHPR’s Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest on the Bettencourt story, the potential political fallout for House Speaker William O'Brien, and the newly named majority leader, Rep. Pete Silva of Nashua.

Politics
6:06 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Lawmakers Take Up Tax Amendment, But Not Ed Funding Amendment

The flurry of activity continues at the New Hampshire statehouse. NHPR's Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest, including a Senate vote on a constitutional amendment to ban personal income taxes, a proposal to track prescription drugs and several House bills related to abortion.

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House & Senate Races
3:02 am
Wed May 16, 2012

'Joe The Plumber' Race A 'Microcosm' Of 2012 Politics

Republican congressional candidate Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber," talks with supporters in Rocky River, Ohio, in February.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 6:47 am

In Ohio, a new congressional district that stretches along Lake Erie between Toledo and Cleveland has become a political portrait of polarized America.

The 9th District is one of the results of Ohio's loss of two representatives following the last census. The primary for the redrawn district pitted two longtime Democratic incumbents against each other. Now the victor, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, is taking on a Republican known for his role in the 2008 presidential election.

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It's All Politics
2:59 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Coming To A Political Campaign Near You: Outside Money, And Lots Of It

Yard signs supporting U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in Columbus, Ind., on April 23. Mourdock went on to beat incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in a primary race that received national attention, and a flood of money from outside Indiana.
Curtis Tate MCT /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 10:29 am

It's happening in several congressional races, in states like Nebraska, Montana and Ohio — millions of dollars from out-of-state donors and outside groups are fueling candidates' war chests.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

O'Brien-Vaillancourt Flap At Center of Busy, Contentious State House Session

It's the time of year when the statehouse gets hectic - and, occasionally, foul-tempered.

NHPR's Josh Rogers talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about some of the many bills that lawmakers are taking up this week, and a spat on the House floor between Speaker William O'Brien and Manchester Republican Steve Vaillancourt.

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?

The percentage of newborns given the trendiest names is much smaller than it was a generation ago.
Andre Panneton iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 10:27 am

Evan, Elizabeth, Rachel, Abigail and John all have something in common. They were born this spring at Fletcher Allen hospital in Burlington, Vt.

Around the same time, a group of babies named Paislee, Liberty, Rykan and Scottlynn were all born in and around North Platte, Neb.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Scuffles at the Statehouse

Today, we get the latest on what's happening at the Statehouse!  All year, the focus has been on the House, but now it’s the Senate’s turn in the spotlight. Recently its been considering hundreds of bills passed by the House earlier this year, and Senators have cast a skeptical eye on many of them, from proposals to do away with gun permits, to restricting abortion, even bills related to fiscal matters.  We’ll find out what’s changed hands, and how Statehouse politics may affect the elections this fall.  

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Series: Shifting the Balance
9:13 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Pudgy Kids, Anemic Policies

Photo by melt alaska, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

A new investigative report from Reuters says that the White House has fallen woefully short in the battle against childhood bulge.

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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Gaming Town Meeting

(Photo by Mister Bisson via Flickr Creative Commons)

Produced by Jonathan Lynch

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Europe
6:11 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

In France, Fiery Leftist Candidate Strikes A Nerve

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the Left Front presidential candidate, draws huge crowds, rivaling those of mainstream candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande. Here, he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting on April 1 in Grigny, outside Paris.
Bertrand Langlois AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 6:06 pm

The French go to the polls Sunday to choose among 10 candidates for president, and opinion surveys suggest the outcome will be a runoff between the two main figures, incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Francois Hollande.

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Planet Money
10:24 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?

Robert Benincasa NPR

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:53 pm

Our story begins last month inside a busy Washington, D.C. subway station plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them says: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." Another asks: "Do you heart the dollar?"

Political fights in the nation's capital normally involve billions or even trillions, not single dollars. What's going on here?

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Presidential Race
8:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Working Moms' Challenges: Paid Leave, Child Care

Many working mothers say their employers don't support them when they need to tend to a sick child. In this file photo, a single mother holds her child at a health clinic in Colorado.
John Moore Getty Images

The past week's political firestorm in the presidential race focused on stay-at-home moms, but two-thirds of women with young children now work. Nearly half are their family's primary breadwinner. What some feel is being lost in the political debate are the challenges they face in the workplace.

When Kids Get Sick

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Mitt Romney
6:41 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

With Eye On November, Romney To Expand Campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks with a staffer on the night of the Florida primary in January. Now that he's pivoting away from the primaries to the general election, Romney is expected to quadruple his staff soon.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Now that he's all but certain to be the Republican challenging President Obama in November, Mitt Romney has begun to expand his operations. In the past week, he's named a top aide to head his vice presidential selection team, and his paid staff is expected to soon quadruple in size.

With the president's campaign well-staffed and spread across the map, it's become a game of catch-up for Romney.

There are Republican primary contests in five important states next Tuesday, but with Rick Santorum's departure from the race, they've gotten little attention.

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It's All Politics
6:28 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Most Small Businesses Don't Quite Fit The Political Picture

Angela Caragan's A Cupcake Co. offers gourmet cupcakes for special events. Like more than 20 million other small-business owners in the U.S., she has no employees.
Courtesy of Angela Caragan

The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a GOP measure to cut taxes on small businesses.

Now, the mental image most of us have of a small business is probably something like this: a handful of employees, a shop, maybe a restaurant or a little tech firm.

It turns out the reality of the nation's 28 million small businesses is, in many cases, quite different.

House Republicans say their tax cut would help millions of small businesses.

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