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At LGBT Gala, Obama Rankles Some Donors with Cautious Stance on Marriage

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Barack Obama was met with standing ovations and jeers at a Manhattan fundraiser geared toward LGBT supporters. He emphasized his belief in equality for gay couples, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage.

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WNYC News

Read | Obama's Full Speech on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Good evening. Nearly 10 years ago, America suffered the worst attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor. This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security - one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives.

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Obama to Rally LGBT Supporters While Hedging on Gay Marriage

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Barack Obama is holding a LGBT fundraising gala for gay and supporters in New York City Thursday night at a pivotal moment for the same-sex marriage bill in New York.

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Obama Details Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

President Barack Obama detailed his plans for beginning troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in a White House address Wednesday night. He said this was made possible because of Osama bin Laden's death, and that information found reveals that Al-Qaeda is under more strain than at any time since 9/11. 

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Opinion: Obama is Breaking the Law in Libya

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I don’t agree with extremists like Dennis Kucinish and Ron Paul often, but they and seven other lawmakers are right on the money in the lawsuit they are bringing against the Obama administration. The administration’s defense boils down to saying that the military action in Libya does not constitute war because we don’t have boots on the ground. But this is not even close to what the War Powers Resolution says.

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'Full-Blown Hostilities': Will Libya Raise the Bar on the War Powers Act?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are questioning the constitutionality of U.S. military involvement in Libya, providing yet another case study in the muddled logic and language of what constitutes an American war.

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In Shadow of Albany Debate, Obama Plans LGBT Fundraising Gala in NYC

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

As lawmakers in Albany debate whether New York will become the second state to legalize gay marriage by legislative action, President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is planning a major LGBT fundraising gala in New York City. 

Obama is set to speak at the June 23 event, timed to coincide with New York Pride.

Tickets for the gala at the Sheraton in Manhattan range from $1,250 for a ticket to the dinner up to $35,800, which covers dinner for two and a photo with Obama.

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WNYC News

President Obama on Rep. Weiner: 'Should Probably Step Back'

Monday, June 13, 2011

President Barack Obama commented for the first time on Rep. Anthony Weiner's sex scandal saying if he were in Weiner's place, he would resign.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: GOP Debate, Economy, Netroots

Monday, June 13, 2011

The GOP will see it's first major debate with all its prominent players in New Hampshire today. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are all expected to participate. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, is most interested in how Bachmann and Santorum try to "out-conservative" each other to gain the following of those who don't support Mitt Romney. A topic that will surely be a key part of the debate will be the poor state of the economy. A set of key economic indicators is set to be released this week. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, is expecting retail sales to fall, and a stock market finishing down for six weeks in a row is certainly not helping either. 

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Spinning NY26: What Was Behind the Suprising Democratic Win?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset win in a special election Tuesday that had long been expected to be an easy victory for Republicans. But GOP candidate Jane Corwin lost her early lead after expressing support for a GOP budget plan that would cut billions from Medicare. The close of polls marked the official start of the partisan spinning about what was behind this Republican loss.

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The Takeaway

Henry Kissinger Interview Part 3: Middle East

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Over three decades have passed since Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State for the Richard Nixon, and then Gerald Ford, and his advice is still sought and respected by politicians and world leaders. In the third installment of our interview with him, he shares his thoughts on the Arab spring, Israel and Palestine, and how President Obama is handling all of this.

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In Announcing He's Announcing, Pawlenty Fires at Obama

Monday, May 23, 2011

"The truth is our country's in big trouble," former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said in a preview video released in advance of his Iowa speech today, before he unleashed on the incumbent.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama in Europe, Economy and Oprah

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Barack Obama arrives in Ireland today, as he begins is week long trip to Europe. His stops include the UK, France, and Poland. Jason Stallman, editor for the national desk at The New York Times, looks at what we can expect in the week ahead on this trip. 

As the president journeys through Europe, a number of key economic indicators is set to be released, including GDP figures. Charlie Herman, economics and business editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, crunches the numbers for us and tells us if good things are ahead for our economy.

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President Obama Tackles Israel and Palestine

Friday, May 20, 2011

In President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East Thursday, he addressed the looming issue of peace between Israel and Palestine. President Obama said that the borders of "Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines." This statement drew immediate negative reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to meet with President Obama today in Washington, D.C.

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5 Things We Learned From Obama's Mid-East Speech

Thursday, May 19, 2011

President Obama's speech on Middle East and North African policy at the State Department on Thursday wasn't earth-shattering. He tried to project consistency in the American approach to the domino-effect uprisings taking place all over the region. The President made an effort by using traditional metaphors insisting that the Arab spring is rooted in fundamental American values. Here are a few takeaways hidden in the pretty language:

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How Obama Should Spend Post-bin Laden Capital

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Osama bin Laden's death has freed Americans from his haunting of our collective imagination. Americans are feeling better, stronger, more confident - now can the president pivot and funnel that national mood into some practical change?

-Justin Krebs, on President Obama's next priorities.

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Transcript: Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hello, El Paso! It’s great to be back here with all of you, and to be back in the Lone Star State. I love coming to Texas. Even the welcomes are bigger down here. So, to show my appreciation, I wanted to give a big policy speech… outdoors… right in ...

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President Obama Talks Osama Death on '60 Minutes'

Monday, May 09, 2011

President Obama appeared on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night to talk about what transpired leading up to the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound and his subsequent death. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent responds to President Obama's fascinating explanation of the "decision points" that were part of the raid.

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Whatever Happened to Obama's Open Government Pledge?

Friday, May 06, 2011

This is not how the president sold his reforms when he made them. The entire point of open government reforms is accountability, allowing watchdogs, and citizens of any kind really, to be able to see if the government is putting our money where it's mouth has been, so to speak.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the failures of the Obama administration to live up to its transparency promises.

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Transportation Nation

Obama Welcomes Wounded Vet Bike Ride at White House

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Today at the White House, President Obama welcomed the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride.

A White House blog post describes it as: "The Soldier Ride started as a way to help wounded soldiers recover from their injuries through adaptive cycling. Nearly a decade later, the program has expanded to involve civilians as well, raising money for and promoting the cause of America's wounded warriors."

The video above is President Obama's speech to the cyclists. At the very end you can see them ride by. But for a better sense of adaptive riding and what a Soldier Ride looks like, here are some videos of past rides.

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