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Jonathan Alter

Bloomberg columnist and MSNBC analyst

Jonathan Alter appears in the following:

Analyzing the Obamacare Rollout Failure

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jonathan Alter, MSNBC analyst and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster, 2010), talks DC politics and his Foreign Affairs analysis of the how the president's management style led to a failed launch of the ACA.

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Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

President Barack Obama has revived his populist message and made a case for the Affordable Care Act as a vehicle to reduce income inequality. Jonathan Alter, journalist and author of "The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies," explores the president's rebranding efforts. He notes that as Obama dusts off his brand of populism, his core base—millennials—seems to be abandoning him. Heather McGhee, vice president of policy and outreach at Demos, examines how the President's message about income inequality resonate with the youngest voters.

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Obama and His Enemies

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Jonathan Alter, columnist for Bloomberg View, analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, 2013), offers analysis of the news and looks back at the 2012 presidential election.

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Summer Politics

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fourth of July fireworks are over, but are the political ones just getting started?  Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg columnist, MSNBC analyst and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, looks at the news in Washington.

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President Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan

Thursday, April 14, 2011

David Leonhardt, writer of the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times, breaks down the fiscal impact of President Obama's deficit reduction plan, and how it differs from the Paul Ryan proposal.

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The Political Week Ahead

Monday, March 07, 2011

A budget showdown and questions about the US military response to unrest in Libya looms large this week. Jonathan Alter, correspondent for Newsweek and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, previews the week in politics ahead.

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Jonathan Alter: Obama Needs to Innovate

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Next week, President Barack Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address. We can expect to hear him lay out his roadmap for the next two years. Leading up to his address, we’re talking with some key political observers about the direction in which the president should and must move in his remaining time in office.

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What The Giffords Shooting Means For Washington

Monday, January 10, 2011

Jonathan Alter talks about the Arizona shootings and what this means for Washington. Alter is a correspondent for Newsweek, a columnist for Bloomberg News and The Daily Beast, an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One (now in paperback).  He is joined by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4).

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Obama's Left, Right and Center

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, MSNBC contributor, and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, talk about the Obama agenda, the angry left and right, and the coming midterm elections.

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Obama's Left, Right and Center

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, MSNBC contributor, and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, talk about the Obama agenda, the angry left and right, and the coming midterm elections.

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Gen. McChrystal's Future: Uncertain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal meets with President Obama today, as the fallout from a Rolling Stone article remains front and center in Washington. In his article, journalist Michael Hastings (who was on The Takeaway yesterday) quotes the general and his aides making disparaging remarks about various administration officials, including Vice President Biden and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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Top of the Hour: McChrystal and Obama Meet, This Morning's Headlines

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shortly before noon today, General Stanley McChrystal will face President Obama in the White House over derisive comments made by him and his aides in a Rolling Stone profile. Rumor in the beltway this morning says the U.S.'s top commander in Afghanistan is prepared to tender his resignation. McChrystal's insubordination is hardly the first case of tension between him and the president. According to Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, there is a history of personal conflict between these two that dates back to at least last fall. That story and this morning's headlines.

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President in Crisis

Monday, June 07, 2010

Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, MSNBC contributor, and the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, talks about President Obama's leadership through crisis.

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The Promise: Jonathan Alter on Obama's First Year

Monday, May 17, 2010

Barack Obama decided on the night he won the presidency to make comprehensive health care legislation his first priority. Not all of his aides agreed. "I begged him not to do this," his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, later told Jonathan Alter for his book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One."

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Debrief on the Health Care Bill

Monday, November 09, 2009

Jonathan Alter, senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, offers analysis of the health care bill, and is joined by New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell.

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Assessing the Obama Presidency, One Year After Election

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

It’s the first Tuesday in November, and voters in New Jersey, Virginia and cities across the country are headed to the polls. As the voting gets underway, we take a look back to this Tuesday one year ago, when Americans went to the polls and elected Barack Obama president.

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter offers his assessment of Obama's policy achievements and missteps since; and Takeaway contributor Patrik Henry Bass gives his take on how one year has changed things, as candidate-Obama became President-elect Obama.

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Newsweek's Redesign

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jonathan Alter, a senior editor and columnist for Newsweek magazine and the author of The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope talks about the latest political news - and Newsweek's recent redesign.

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Because That’s How We Roll

Friday, May 29, 2009

Note: Due to today's power outage, audio and podcasts for this episode may not be posted in the usual manner. Please be patient as we figure out a solution. Thanks! Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter weighs in on the latest news of the day ---including government’s stake in GM, ...

The 100th Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jonathan Alter, a senior editor and columnist for Newsweek magazine, and the author of The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, discusses Obama's first 100 days in office, a milestone made notable by FDR.

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City Days

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

F.D.R. set the bar high with his first 100 days in office and now it’s time to measure President Obama’s early job performance. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek knows about both. Plus, The Root’s Dayo Olapade digs in on the first 100 days and urban issues. Plus, historian Benny Morris; and ...