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U.S. Invests in Africa

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

John Campbell, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses President Obama's trip to Africa and how U.S. policy toward the continent has changed since the Bush Administration--and the kinds of investments the President is advocating for there.

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Monday Morning Politics: Snowden, Ecuador, Africa Trip, Immigration

Monday, July 01, 2013

President Obama's trip to Africa continues this week, with a stop today in Tanzania, but the politics of DC continue to dominate much of the headlines. Susan Page of USA Today discusses the president's trip, the latest on the extradition of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, prospects for immigration reform in House and more.

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Monday Morning Politics: Chinese President Xi; NSA Leaker Comes Forward

Monday, June 10, 2013

Michael Hirsh, chief correspondent for National Journal, talks about the latest news out of Washington, including President Obama's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The meeting has particular significance given the latest news about government surveillance -- Edward Snowden, the contractor who has come forward as the main source of the NSA leaks, is currently in Hong Kong and seeking asylum from US extradition.

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On The Media

A Week of Scandals, Catholic Whistleblowers, and More

Friday, May 24, 2013

Looking at the media's governmental scandal narrative, an American blog rocks Canadian politics, and whistleblowers in the Catholic Church.

On The Media

The Three-Headed Scandal Monster

Friday, May 24, 2013

Brooke takes a look at the three scandals that have dominated the news cycle for the past couple weeks: the IRS targeting conservative political groups, the DOJ looking through the phone records and email of reporters, and the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

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Watch Live: President Obama on National Security Measures

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The president is expected to give an address about national security at 2 p.m. There's speculation that he will speak about Guantanamo Bay and the controversy over the use of drone strikes overseas that have killed four Americans.

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Obama Reiterates Promise to Close Guantanamo Bay

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Barack Obama is planning another push to try and close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He tried and failed during his first year in office. Will this time be any different?



Obama Vows Again to Close Guantanamo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

President Barack Obama says he's going to try again to close down the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Obama Shoots for Policy Trifecta

Monday, April 08, 2013

A tax and budget deal, an immigration reform deal and restrictions on gun sales. All three   eluded him during his first term, but in the next few weeks, President Obama will try and get movement on all three.  In this week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Nolan discusses if this policy trifecta will happen.

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How Serious is the Bluster from North Korea?

Monday, April 01, 2013

In the 60 years since the end of the Korean war, it’s hard to remember a time when the United States seemed more on edge about North Korea. The U.S. has sent B-2 stealth bombers over the peninsula in recent days and Kim Jong Un, the North's young leader, has threatened the destruction of American cities. This week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan discusses the ratcheting up of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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J Street Bullish on Obama's Trip to Israel?

Friday, March 22, 2013

President Obama has been in Israel and the West Bank this week. Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, discusses why he thinks it might be more productive than most think.

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Missile Defense Expansion and President Obama Goes to Israel

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been mounting. The North Koreans scrapped the 60-year armistice that ended the Korean War and threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the U.S. would spend a billion dollars expanding its missile defense sites in Alaska and California, in part because of North Korea’s “irresponsible and reckless provocations.” This week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan discuss if the missile defense system will deter the North Koreans.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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President Obama Sets Out to Fix a Broken Country

Friday, February 22, 2013

President Obama proposed more infrastructure spending and repair in this year's State of the Union address. But it's a bigger problem than just one speech, or one new initiative, or even the latest $40 billion the president wants to throw at the repair bill we already have around the country.

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Will Obama Really Change The Way We Vote?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

President Obama mentioned long voting lines in his three major speeches since being re-elected:

On Election Night:

Whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a long time -- by the way, we have to fix that!

At the Inauguration:

Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.

During the State of the Union:

When any American, no matter where they live or what their party, are denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.

But do three mentions signal real change? Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, discusses the Obama commission on voting reform and what changes could be implemented before the next time Americans go to the poll.


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Obama Outlines Bold Initiatives, Sets Up Clash with Republicans

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama covered a wide range of issues from using government money to create jobs and grow the middle class to combating climate change. He set up a clash between his administration and a deeply divided Congress over some issues such as guns and immigration.


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Chat Transcript: State of the Union and GOP Response

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union speech tonight of his 2nd term tonight. Brian Lehrer special guests Emily Bazelon and David Plotz of Slate's "Politics Gabfest" live-chatted during the address.

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Watch Live: Brennan CIA Hearings

Thursday, February 07, 2013

In the midst of a contentious national debate about the Obama administration's use of drone warfare, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will question John Brennan, chief counterterrorism advisor to President Obama and the president's pick to lead the CIA. 


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Watch Live: President Obama News Conference

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Ahead of another battle over sequestration, President Barack Obama is expected to unveil a proposal of spending cuts and reforms to tax policies today at 1:15.


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Pre-emptive Cyber Attacks and Skeet Shooting

Monday, February 04, 2013

Cyber attacks are a growing area of concern for the U.S. government. In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to  Kerry Nolan about an effort to come with rules to governing the use of cyber-weapons. He also discusses the recent airstrike against a scientific research center in Syria and President Obama's skeet shooting record.