The President and Congress are locked in a debate over the effects of the so-called "sequester," with Obama warning of dire consequences and Republicans more and more comfortable with the idea of the automatic spending cuts taking effect. Jon Meacham, executive editor at Random House and author of the book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, discusses the latest in the negotiations, and other key news from DC.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham discusses the complex Thomas Jefferson, who he calls the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history. In Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Meacham shows that Jefferson’s understanding of power and human nature enabled him to move men, learn from his mistakes, and prevail.
Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, law professor Sheryll Cashin, WNYC’s political director Andrea Bernstein, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post, pollster.com’s Mark Blumenthal and others help put the election results in context. Also, how did the voters change the U.S. Congress and the New York State legislature? And listener calls.