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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Friday, July 30, 2010
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.
Monday, July 26, 2010
By Bob Hennelly
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.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
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."
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
Friday, November 20, 2009
By Femi Oke : News host and Reporter for The Takeaway
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)
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.
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.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
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.