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The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Award-winning reporter Janny Scott talks about Stanley Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama’s mother. To write A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, Scott interviewed nearly 200 of Dunham's friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this independent woman's inspiring and nontraditional life. Scott shows how Dunham shaped the man Obama is today.

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The Takeaway

Does President Obama's Boost in Polls Matter?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The news of Osama bin Laden's death have helped boost President Obama's poll numbers. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent explains the numbers and warns that the impact may not be as significant as one might think. Although, bin Laden's killing is good for the president, domestic issues will likely bring that boost back down before the elections.

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The Takeaway

Did Torture Help or Hinder Efforts to Find Bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There is growing debate among Democrats and Republicans over which president's tactic helped find and kill Osama bin Laden. Was it the harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation of detained al-Qaida members? Or was it old fashioned surveillance and intelligence gathering methods that got bin Laden? Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times says that until all the documents are declassified, it may be difficult to know.

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It's A Free Country ®

After the Death of Osama bin Laden, Obama Calls for Unity. Will Anyone Listen?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

President Obama drew a standing ovation when he mentioned the death of Osama bin Laden before a bipartisan dinner in Washington Monday night.

He paused on the meaning of the moment in Washington. “We were reminded again that there is a pride in what this nation stands for, and what we can achieve, that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics,” he said.

“It is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face,” Obama said.

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WNYC News

Heightened Security Will Remain for Obama's Ground Zero Visit

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The NYPD's heightened security following the death of Osama bin Laden will remain in place at least through President Barack Obama's visit to the World Trade Center site on Thursday. 

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The Takeaway

Ret. Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner: 'There is No Islamic Extremism'

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan for almost ten years, with one of the main objectives to hunt down Osama bin Laden. With bin Laden now dead — killed by American Navy Seals, and buried at sea — does U.S. foreign policy on the global war on terrorism have to change? Retired Air Force Colonel, Sam Gardiner believes President Obama will have to find a good argument to stay at war in Afghanistan.

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Bin Laden's Death: How It Rewrites the 2012 Script for Obama, GOP

Monday, May 02, 2011

By authorizing the mission that killed bin Laden, President Obama has unquestionably burnished his Commander in Chief image, which needed polishing. But the president will have to answer ever-more urgent questions about his vision for American foreign policy. In first hours after the announcement of bin Laden's death, the still-fuzzy Republican field was tentative on the big questions, including how much credit to grant Obama for this operation.

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The Takeaway

Veterans and 9/11 Families React to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Veterans and families of victims of the 9/11 attacks are gathering at Ground Zero and elsewhere this morning, to celebrate and reflect on the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead. We speak with Dennis McKeon, a parishioner of St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church in Staten Island, which lost 29 members of its congregation in the 9/11 attacks. McKeon started the organization Where to Turn, which helps those affected by the attack. We also talk with Russell Galeti, first lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard.

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It's A Free Country ®

Video and Transcript: President Obama's Speech on bin Laden's Death

Sunday, May 01, 2011

President Obama: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory - hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.

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The Takeaway

Obama Campaigns Again for Youth Vote

Thursday, April 28, 2011

It was hard to tell who was more lucky last night: President Barack Obama being at a show with The Roots or The Roots being at a show with the president. But it wasn't luck that made it happen; President Obama's attendance at their concert follows a recent talk before Facebook nation at their headquarters in Palo Alto, and a speech on the economy at George Washington University. These appearances, plus the launch of Gen44, is an attempt by the President to reach out to America's youth — a key demographic that helped him secure his victory in 2008. We talk with Anna Sale, reporter for WNYC's politics website, It's a Free Country.

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It's A Free Country ®

Then and Now: Obama Acknowledges Lost Luster

Thursday, April 28, 2011

As he launches his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama is looking to get his legions of supporters fired up again – and his pitch includes acknowledging that two years of governing may have snuffed out some of that passion. Here's a look back at the rhetoric then and now - to see what's changed.

 

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The Takeaway

President Obama Shuffles National Security Team

Thursday, April 28, 2011

President Obama is expected to announce this week new appointments for top posts in his national security team. Leon Panetta, the current director of central intelligence, will be named as defense secretary. General David Petraeus, who is currently the top commander in Afghanistan, is expected to be named as director of the CIA. These announcements come as Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans on stepping down from his post this summer. We talk with Mark Landler, reporter for our partner The New York Times, to help preview Obama's new national security team.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Looks to Recapture Youth Vote with Direct Appeals (and Rockstars)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama still has the support of young people — he scored a 55-percent approval rating in a Harvard Institute of Politics poll of young Americans conducted in February and March — but approval rating is a lot different than an excitement rating.

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It's A Free Blog

Essay: Obama vs. 'Birther' Trump? Advantage, The Donald

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I still want Donald Trump off the national stage, and he's a ridiculous person to represent any conservative opinion, but anyone who doesn't agree that Trump won today is not paying attention.

-Karol Markowicz, on President Obama's remarks about the origin of his birth certificate.

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It's A Free Country ®

Transcript: Obama on White House's Release of Birth Certificate

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

April 27, 2011

Remarks by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

9:48 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Now, let me just comment, first of all, on the fact that I can’t get the networks to break in on all ...

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Stucknation: Drones, War Crimes and Obama

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When President Obama ran for president he took President Bush to task for his lack of a nuanced strategy when it came to the global war on terrorism. Why with the election of a President Obama, we were told, we would have a leader who would engage the Muslim world in a productive dialogue.

Scroll forward a few years. What we have is an Obama Presidency even more reliant on the use of predatory drones in the never ending "war on terror." And according to well-respected experts, this growing reliance on targeted killings in countries we are not at war with may put the current president and our nation on the wrong side of international law.

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Essay: Facebook and Obama Lovefest no Different than Campaign Commercial

Thursday, April 21, 2011

"Mr. President, how do you stay so awesome?"

No, no one really asked that at the Obama Facebook Townhall but they may as well have. All the questions were in Obama's wheelhouse, played to his strengths and gave him the opportunity to give long, long answers that often were only marginally connected to the question.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Obama Invokes Bridge Collapse, NY Auto Show, TSA Unionizes

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Infrastructure is a campaign topic. President Obama recently invoked the Minnesota bridge collapse to criticize GOP budget. (CBS)

That doesn't mean transpo advocates are all in line. Robert Puentes of the Brookings Institution makes the case for a two-year transportation bill instead of a full six-year reauthorization. (New Republic)

CNN tries to understand why high-speed rail has become such a contentious topic. With companion piece debunking rail myths. (CNN)

Hear a trucker speak frankly about driving with an automatic tracker that monitors his hours and distance. He hated it before he got it, now he likes it. (The Takeaway)

At the NY Auto Show starting tomorrow Chevy will debut the new Malibu, calling it the "most fuel-efficient mid-sized Chevy ever" at 38 mpg. (AutoBlogGreen) Also at the show, Porshe is showing of a replica of a 1900 vehicle they're calling the first ever hybrid. (Wired) There's lots of car porn ahead of the show if you want to see the shiny new 2013 models. (Jalopnik)

For balance, some rail (station) porn. Here's an artist's rendition of the new high-speed rail station in Birmingham, England. (Birmingham Post)

First they slowed down high-speed rail for safety reasons. Now China is removing luxury seating to make bullet train travel more affordable. (Economic Times)

After six weeks of voting, TSA workers will unionize, but they haven't picked which union will represent them. It's time for a runoff election. (AP)

Rail just got cheaper in Hawaii. Estimates for a new transit plan have decreased from $5.5 billion to $5.3 billion. (Star-Advertiser)

The agency that runs the NYC subway, the MTA, is looking to sell its headquarters building and two others to make ends meet. A developer could build a skyscaper next to Grand Central Station on the site. (NY Times)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

- Now you can edit Google Maps and add in bike and walking paths yourself. We did it. (Link)

- DOT issues new rules for airlines on bag fees, tarmac waits and bumped travel vouchers. (Link)

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Tornado Recovery, Obama on the Campaign Trail

Monday, April 18, 2011

The U.S. House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks, but recess doesn't necessarily mean relaxation. With the budget crisis still looming, the break may give Congressmembers the opportunity to do some politicking as they gear up for a the next round of battles over the deficit. But while Washington is gridlocked over future budget proposals, the rest of America will receive some economic indicators this week — including a report on previously owned homes by the National Association of Realtors. And locally, North Carolina's budget may take its own hit this week after a series of powerful tornadoes swept through Raleigh this weekend.

In other political news, President Obama is back on the campaign trail and he gears up for 2012 elections. This week he'll make stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

We get a preview of the week ahead with Kai Wright, editor of the news blog, Colorlines and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio.

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The Tea Party's Terrible Twos

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Tea Party has made itself heard over two feisty, volatile years. Both parties have headaches from the clamor - but then again, both parties deserve the pain. Why? Because both created the climate that allowed the Tea Party to emerge.

-Justin Krebs, assessing the two-year old Tea Party

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