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Previewing President Obama's Budget Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama is set to deliver a much anticipated speech 1:30 p.m. at George Washington University in Washington. The speech will detail his long-term plans for reducing the nation's deficit. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent says that the president will have to prepare the public for tough decisions as he faces the debt.

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This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Egypt, Economy

Monday, April 11, 2011

Last Friday night, with a government shutdown staring them right in the eyes, Congress was able to come to temporary resolution over the 2011 budget crisis. President Barack Obama will lay out the details for reducing the deficit in a speech Wednesday night. What's the next big showdown in Washington? Raising the debt ceiling. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, sees the debt debate as "bigger and more troublesome" than what just transpired over the budget.

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Preparing For a Government Shutdown

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sat behind closed doors yesterday, trying to come to compromise over the budget, but leaders in both parties seemed to be bracing for a real government shutdown by the end of the week. President Obama urged both Democrats and Republicans to put aside petty differences and come to a compromise. If they don't, every federal agency will have to come up with a contingency plan, especially the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Personnel Management. 

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House Slaps Down HAMP

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The House of Representatives voted 218 to 109 yesterday to end one of President Obama's signature economic plans, the Home Affordable Modification Program. The program was expected to help more than 4 million homeowners keep their homes, instead of the underwhelming 600,000 it managed to help — rendering it a flop. Meanwhile, the housing market remains in trouble, with sales and prices continuing to fallLouise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times, has the latest on HAMP, and why housing is having an incredibly difficult time getting out of the dumps.

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Obama: Libya Action Necessary to Protect American Principles

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Barack Obama stood before the nation yesterday and explained our role in the allied forces air assault on Libya and its embattled leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. While he recognized Americans' hesitation for more involvement in the Middle East, the President said that Libya represented a unique situation and a challenge to American ideas about freedom and human decency. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has reactions from Washington to the speech. Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government at Dartmouth and the author of, "A History of Modern Libya," looks at how President Obama's speech will impact the current situation in Libya. 

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Analysis: President Obama's Speech on Libya

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Obama has faced criticism from the left and the right regarding his decision to join coalition forces in enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya. The President addressed those critics last night in a speech to the nation, saying he was committed to keeping American troops off the ground. He also appealed to our morality by saying, “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, dissects Obama's speech in terms of policy and how it might play in the capital.

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This Week's Agenda: Japan, Egypt, AT&T

Monday, March 21, 2011

Operation Odyssey Dawn began Saturday with coalition missiles targeting Moammar Gadhafi's tanks and air defenses. Is the United States leading this effort? Meanwhile, relief and rescue efforts continue in Japan and time is of the essence as over 12,000 people are still missing and 8,000 have been confirmed dead so far. 

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Industry Impact: Nuclear Plant Meltdowns

Monday, March 14, 2011

The world is witnessing first-hand the potential dangers of nuclear energy, as Japan faces the threat of a nuclear meltdown at several power plants, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, just 140 miles north of Tokyo. An explosion rocked the plant in the following Friday's earthquake. President Obama has been pushing nuclear energy as part of his new and clean energy policy, but the current events in Japan could be a setback. How will the disaster affect the industry?

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Gitmo Song Remains the Same

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

After a two year ban, military trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees will resume, the Obama administration said on Monday. The administration said it remains committed to closing the controversial prison; this is the same pledge we've heard from the president dating back to his campaign over two years ago. However, his efforts to close the prison have been thwarted by Congressional opposition to bringing detainees on U.S. soil for trials. What are the implications for such an order for Obama and for the detainees?

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President Obama Changes Course on Defense Of Marriage Act

Thursday, February 24, 2011

President Barack Obama declared the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional yesterday, and ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend it. The act, which was signed into law in by President Bill Clinton back in 1996, barred any federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reactions were split between Democrats and Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said, "while Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

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This Week's Agenda: Middle East, Budget, G20 Summit

Monday, February 14, 2011

With protesters in Egypt successfully overthrowing President Hosni Mubarak, following successful protests in Tunisia, we take a look at Yemen. That country has seen protests all weekend — not from the opposition but from the youth of the country, who have organized primarily via text messaging. Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at why the U.S. should be keeping a close eye on what's happening in Yemen, as well as in Iran. 

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What's Next for US Foreign Policy as Mubarak Stays On?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continues to hold power in Egypt after his announcement that he would not cede to demonstrators demands that he step down. Instead he decided to hand day-to-day powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman and made vague promises about the Egyptian Constitution.

President Obama watched Mubarak's speech on Air Force One, while returning from a trip to Michigan and seemed to be somewhat caught of guard. What role will the United States take now? A cautious one, says The New York Times, David Sanger.

 

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This Week's Agenda: Egypt, Jobs and the Economy

Monday, February 07, 2011

Egypt will likely dominate the headlines all week, with everyone waiting to see if President Hosni Mubarak will cede to the wishes of the protesters and step down. Calli Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH in Boston, looks at what's ahead this week for the people of Egypt and its government. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC in New York, looks at the potential impact the uprising in Egypt could have on the price of oil, and on how it could impact trade on the Suez Canal.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander on the State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address last night, and for a Republican reaction, we turn to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). He will also discuss his reaction to Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican response last night, as well as Rep. Michele Bachmann's, on behalf of the Tea Party.

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Obama Calls for 'Winning the Future' in State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama discussed his plans for job creation and increased American competitiveness in the global market during his next two years in office. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered the official response on behalf of the Republican Party and stressed the need for spending cuts and his party’s skepticism about further “investments.” And there was a new feature to the evening: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke on behalf of the Tea Party in their united response to the president.

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How Last Night's Speech Resonated in Congress

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address touched on several key and pressing issues facing the country, from transportation, to immigration and innovation. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, shares his thoughts on the speech and what it could mean for the coming year in the halls of Congress. The Takeaway partners with Transportation Nation, to examine the president's commitment to high speed rail in this country; Obama said he wanted to connect 80 percent of Americans via high-speed rail in coming years.  

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Bush Speechwriter on the State of the Union

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Matt Latimer, conservative commentator, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and author of "Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor" remembers preparing for George W. Bush's State of the Union following the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks and brings an insider perspective to, what he calls, a "large ritual that usually signifies little." However, Latimer adds that there are some aspects to the ritual that resonate with the public.

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White House: How to Prepare for State of the Union

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How does the president and the White House prepare for such a major event as the State of the Union? Jen Psaki, deputy communications director for the White House, says that this is an opportunity for the president to talk about what to expect in the future. But how much of this speech is just a laundry list and how much is a real opportunity to talk to the public about moving forward?

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This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, Economy

Monday, January 24, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday is the most anticipated event of the week. Kai Wright, editorial director of ColorLines Magazine, says this speech will signal the start of the 2012 presidential campaign. He shares what to expect from the President's speech, and what the aftermath of it will look like. Kai says the match up is no longer Republicans vs. Democrats, as much as it's Republicans vs. Republicans.

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Can President Hu Jintao and President Obama Repair the US/China Relationship?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

China's President Hu Jintao arrived at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday, for the start of his three day visit to our nation's capital. He is set to meet with President Obama and other top officials, before a black tie dinner in the Chinese President's honor. The meeting comes at a time when the relationship between countries is strained and both presidents are suffering from a lack of faith in their leadership.

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