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November 06 2013


Mark Halperin And John Heilemann ‘Double Down’ On 2012 Elections

Swap Hillary for Biden? Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are back with “Double Down.” We’ll look at the 2012 campaign, 2013, 2016.

Election results 2013 are all over the headlines today.  Chris Christie, living large as a moderate Republican.  Democrat Terry McAuliffe slipping by Tea Partier Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.  Tale of Two Cities Bill DeBlasio landsliding progressive in New York.  Political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are watching.  They know the big trends and the juicy stuff.  Wrote “Game Change” on the ’08 presidential campaign.  Now they’re out with “Double Down,” on Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and 2012.    Up next On Point:  all the juice on 2012, 2013, and the political road ahead.

– Tom Ashbrook


Mark Halperin, editor-at-large and senior political analyst at TIME Magazine. Co-author of “Double Down: Game Change 2012.” Also co-author of “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.” (@MarkHalperin)

John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine. Co-author of “Double Down: Game Change 2012.” Also co-author of “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.” (@JHeil)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Playing the Game Again, With an Insider’s Look at the Players — “The portraits of the players in campaign 2012 — from the candidates to their strategists to their big-money backers — are drawn in this volume with a light and snappy hand. The authors write that non-Mormon Romneyites found the feud between their man and the Republican hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. ‘as impenetrable as a Tolkien subplot rendered in Elvish.’ They write that the Republican contender Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had a reputation on the Hill for ‘churning through staffers as if they were disposable razors.’”

Politico: The Five Biggest Losers in “Double Down” — “Earlier in this presidency, Obama met with billionaire George Soros at the Waldorf as part of an unsuccessful bid to get him to open up his wallet for outside groups during the 2012 campaign, as he’d done in 2004. Soros talked Obama’s ear off for 45 minutes, giving the president unsolicited economic messaging advice. Obama was ‘annoyed and bored,’ according to the book. ‘If we don’t get anything out of him,’ Obama complained to aides afterward, ‘I’m never f-ing sitting with that guy again.’”

New York Mag: The Intervention — “The president’s advisers were barely more rattled. Yes, Denver had been atrocious. Yes, it had been unnerving. But Obama was still ahead of Romney, the sky hadn’t fallen, and they would fix what went wrong in time for the town-hall debate at Hofstra. Their message to the nervous Nellies in their party was: Keep calm and carry on.”

Read An Excerpt From “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ by Mark Malperin and John Heilemann

January 22 2012


DLD 2012 - Conversation with Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square) Interviewed by: Holger Schmidt (FOCUS Magazine) David Kirkpatrick (Techonomy)
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December 29 2011


November 07 2011


RN Rear Vision - 26 October 2011 - Stirring the Pot: the Tea Party Movement in US politics

The Tea Party Movement and its contradictions: the story of a street protest movement with elite origins, a maverick movement with loss on its mind, an outsider group with insider claims, a non-political organisation with clear party connections. Did the Tea Party Movement come into being in February 2009? Or perhaps in response to the civil rights movements of the 1960s, or in the 1840s, or maybe during the French Revolution . . . And what of its claims to a connection to the Revolutionary War? As the US moves towards its 2012 Presidential Elections, the Tea Party Movement remains an influential not-quite-third-party force. On Rear Vision today, we try to get a handle on its origins. Guests: Jenny Beth Martin, Cofounder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots Clare Corbould, Historian. Larkins Fellow, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University Corey Robin, Associate Professor of Politics, Brooklyn College, New York. Author of The Reactionary Mind. Geoffrey Dunn, Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. Contributor to the Huffington Post. Author of, The Lies of Sarah Palin. Further Information: Corey Robin blog - (http://coreyrobin.com/) Geoffrey Dunn on the Huffington Post - (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn) Tea Party Patriots - (http://www.teapartypatriots.org/) Publications: Title: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Author: Corey Robin Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2011 Title: The Lies of Sarah Palin: the untold story behind her relentless quest for power Author: Geoffrey Dunn Publisher: Scribe, 2011 Music: CD title: Music of the American Revolution: The birth of liberty Track title: Track 1: The Brickmaker's March Artist: American Fife Ensemble Composer: trad Publishing/Copyright: New World REcords, NY, 1976 CD title: Soundtrack to Liberty: The American Revolution, PBS TV Series Track title: 'Johny Has Gone for a Soldier' Artist: James Taylor & Mark O'Connor Publishing/Copyright: Sony Classics CD title: We'll Never Turn Back Track title: 'On My Way' Artist: Mavis Staples Publishing/Copyright: ANTI/ Shock Records, 2007 http://www.abc.net.au/rn/rearvision/stories/2011/3340112.htm

June 15 2011


The 2012 Hoax

TelescopeMan discusses this internet hoax that is viral on the internet. A must listen for anyone worried about December 21, 2012. www.2012hoax.org

February 19 2011


Red Ice Radio - Neil Kramer - Owning the Dystopian Daydream, Brazil & Artificial Constructs

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