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This Week's Agenda: China, Health Care, Economy

Monday, January 17, 2011

China's President Hu Jintao is heading to the United States this week and will meet with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Marcus Mabry, associate national editor for The New York Times, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, discuss what they expect to come out of this meeting between the leaders of two of the most powerful countries in the world.

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Obama Offers Words of Comfort at Arizona Shooting Memorial

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Presidents throughout history have had to deliver speeches in the wake of tragedy to comfort the nation. Ronald Reagan did so after the Challenger explosion; Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing and Columbine shootings; and George W. Bush after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Virginia Tech shootings. President Obama is set to deliver his own speech tonight in Arizona to try and comfort a nation following the shooting of twenty people, that left six dead. How will President Obama approach the events, and their political impliations, from the scene of the tragedy?

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The Takeaway

Politics, Policy and The Tea Party: The Top 5 Things to Look For in the New Congress

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Lawmakers get back to work as the 112th Congress begins today. Republicans take the majority in the House of Representatives and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), gets sworn in as its new Speaker of the House. At the same time, there is a move in the Senate to change the filibuster rule. The first day of Congress is the only day that lawmakers can change the rules with only 51 votes and some Democrats hope to use this to their advantage. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the new Congress and the top five things to watch out for in 2011.

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Digesting Politics Podcast

Digesting Politics: Paladino's Mouth, Lazio's Base, and What Happened to "Yes We Can"

Friday, September 10, 2010

Find out why GOP designee for New York governor Rick Lazio could lose next week's primary election to insurgent candidate Carl Paladino, what happened to Pres. Obama's "new patriotism" and why local Democrats running for office have not been associating themselves with the president, plus the latest un the Democratic primary race for NY attorney general as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.

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Digesting Politics Podcast

Digesting Politics: Rangel’s Birthday Bash, Race for New York’s Attorney General, “The Professional Left” and More

Friday, August 13, 2010

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest on various local and national political stories.

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Azi Paybarah

Obama Nudges Rangel

Friday, July 30, 2010

WNYC

Rangel's response to Obama's gentle nudge is typical:

President Barack Obama is sending a strong signal to ethics-embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, telling CBS News that the time has come for the 80-year-old dean of New York’s congressional delegation to end his career “with dignity.”

But a person close to Rangel tells POLITICO the embattled Democrat “doesn’t give a damn about what the president thinks about this” and won’t step down.

The real story here isn't Rangel's response today, but may instead be the responses from other members of Congress that are likely to follow, now that Obama has signaled how he'd like this to end.

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Politics

Obama to Talk Economy in NJ Before Presidential Debut on Daytime Talk Show

Monday, July 26, 2010

WNYC

This week, President Barack Obama returns to New Jersey for the first time since last November when he came to support Governor Jon Corzine's re-election campaign. The White House says the President will discuss the economy at a small business in Edison, New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 28.

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Azi Paybarah

Already!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

Tucked inside Conservative activist David Horowitz's latest missive to reporters about the dangers of the Obama administration:

"Remember, Barack Obama is up for reelection in 2010. That means we cannot afford to focus entirely on November 2010."

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Azi Paybarah

Q Poll: Obama is Down

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WNYC

I'm not sure what kind of impact this will have in New York, but Quinnipiac's poll today puts the pendulum squarely in the Republican's corner:

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As He Meets Obama, British PM Cameron Faces Criticism Over Lockerbie Bomber

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with President Obama in the White House for the first time since taking office in May. The leaders discussed the war in Afghanistan and the global economy. But in the news conference after the meeting, the issue of BP and its role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber last year dominated the discussion.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for planning the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which killed 270 people. The Scottish government released Megrahi last August on compassionate terms after a doctor diagnosed him with terminal prostate cancer, saying he had only three months to live.

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Poll: World Likes US Better

Monday, April 19, 2010

A BBC World Service poll has found that the global view of the United States has improved significantly in the last year. More than 29,000 people across the world were asked whether they thought the influence of different countries was either mostly positive or mostly negative. It's the first time in five years that the U.S. has been viewed positively since the poll began in 2005.

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Evaluating Obama's Legacy After Health Care Win

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It could go down as the defining moment of his presidency. Though he was doubted and abandoned by supporters, President Obama was able to twist arms to pass health care reform, signing the bill into law on Tuesday. Today, he returns to the Iowa, the state where he first rolled out his vision of a health care overhaul as a candidate. What will be the lasting narrative of Obama's time in office, and will health care reform play a role?

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The Takeaway

Does Forgetting Race Make Us (or Chris Matthews) Post-Racial?

Friday, January 29, 2010

For the hour of Wednesday's State of the Union address, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews said he "forgot" President Obama was black, causing a wide range of responses (including some on our show) the next day. Do we all need to forget about race to be post-racial? Or do we just need to acknowledge and accept people's race?

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The Takeaway

Courting the Independent Voter

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Republican Scott Brown's victory in Tuesday's Massachusetts Senate race proved the power of independent voters, and the degree to which they are shifting away from the Democratic party, only a year after they helped propel Barack Obama into the presidency. We speak with Jay Campbell, a vice president at Hart Research, and with Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University.

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The Takeaway

How the President Made an Afghanistan Strategy

Monday, December 07, 2009

In a front page article published in Sunday's New York Times, Peter Baker details how President Obama came to decide on the new Afghanistan war strategy he delivered to cadets at West Point last week. Baker's article describes a patient, methodical and oftentimes frustrating process which, over the course of three months, led to a policy that may define Obama's presidency.  

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[Web Special] Femi Oke Visits the Maker of the Michelle Obama Action Figure

Friday, November 20, 2009

I am in Brooklyn spending my lunch hour with Michelle Obama, and we’ve just been evicted from Starbucks! The manager on duty obviously didn’t appreciate the First Lady’s warm grin, head that can rotate 360 degrees and powerful arms. Sadly the First Lady I’m spending time with is only six inches tall, so I dropped her into my bag and slunk out of the coffee shop. (...continue reading)

 

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Chris Hogg

Monday, November 09, 2009

Here's a preview of the coming week with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Chris Hogg, BBC correspondent in Shanghai. This week: a look at how the Army moves forward after the Fort Hood shootings, President Obama's upcoming trip to Asia on Thursday, and what's next for health care reform now that House Demorats' House bill has passed.

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This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Jill McGivering

Monday, September 07, 2009

For this week's agenda, we look ahead to President Obama's upcoming speech to school children across the country, the week on Wall Street after the long holiday weekend, and the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Joining us today is Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times. And from Bush House in London Jill McGivering, Asia editor for the BBC World Service.

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The Takeaway

Gang of Four: The Failure Of Congressional CIA Oversight

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman yesterday spoke in support of President Obama's opposition to releasing new photos allegedly showing U.S. troops abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today The Takeaway is looking at the ongoing controversy over how detainees were treated when in the CIA's custody-- and what allowed the Bush administration to use what the CIA called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Could Congress have stopped it? Vicki Divoll is a government teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy and was Former General Council of the State Intelligence Committee. She joins The Takeaway now to discuss whether four representatives can possibly constitute oversight.

For more, read Vicki Divoll's piece, Congress’s Torture Bubble in the New York Times.

For President Obama's take on releasing the photos, watch his statement below.

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The Takeaway

Honesty is to Taxes as Oil is to ... ?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Tax season has arrived. As we’ve seen with several of President Obama’s administration nominees, paying taxes honestly and correctly is not the easiest thing to do. Kansas Governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Kathleen Sebelius, is the latest casualty. Do you pay your taxes honestly and correctly? Or is finding a tax loophole superseding baseball as the real national pastime? Mark Goulston, is a business psychologist and author of the book, Get Out of Your Own Way at Work … and Help Others Do the Same. He joins The Takeaway to help explain why it is just so hard to pay your taxes.

For more, read Sitara Nieves' Producer's Note on tax evasion, tax resistance and tax rebellion.

To help explain the tax basics, watch this video of a rapping Matthew Lesko.

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