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Paul Volcker on Debt: This is 'the Debate We Need'

Friday, April 15, 2011

The White House might want to position President Obama as "the adult in the room," but that mantle surely goes to Paul Volcker when he darkens any door. 

And on the day after Obama laid out his vision for reducing the national debt, and hours after Congress passed historic cuts in the middle of a fiscal year, Volcker said, "It's all getting in line for the debate we need."

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The Takeaway

Judging Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan

Thursday, April 14, 2011

President Barack Obama outlined a comprehensive plan on Wednesday to reduce the nation's looming deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years. His plan, which includes tax increases for the wealthy, changes to social welfare programs and long-term spending cuts, was offered as a Democratic alternative to the proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) which would fundamentally alter Medicare and Medicaid. In the next few weeks, members of Congress will have to decide whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling, and Vice President Joe Biden will lead negotiations to move congressional leaders towards common ground. Will they find it? 

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5 Things We Learned From Obama's Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama wants to cut $4 trillion from the federal debt in twelve years, with tax increases on the wealthy taxpayers, cuts to some defense, Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary spending, with a mechanism called a "failsafe trigger" to finish the job. Here's what else we learned.

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Axelrod: 2010 Holds Lessons for Obama Re-Election Campaign

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Two days after President Obama launched his reelection campaign, senior campaign strategist David Axelrod came to New York to fire up the base by touting what the president has done for them. More, he came to tell them how much worse it can be.

Speaking in New York City at the 20th anniversary convention of the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton's civil rights organization, Axelrod pointed to the 2010 midterms as a cautionary tale.

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Obama's Sharpton: Consistent Defender and Visible Ally

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Two days after formally relaunching his reelection campaign, President Barack Obama is coming back to New York to speak to Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

While some prominent African American activists have called for tougher scrutiny for the first black president – Princeton professor Cornel West quipped on his radio show last week that “for the first time now, some of the Kool-Aid begins to wear off a bit” – Sharpton has enjoyed a cozy, and conspicuous, relationship with Obama while in office.

Sharpton’s toured public schools with Obama’s Education Secretary, enjoyed Oval Office audiences, and remained a constant attack dog to defend Obama, particularly in the black community.

And it’s raised eyebrows throughout.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Budget, Election 2012, Middle East

Monday, April 04, 2011

Congress continues to battle over the nation's budget. Could the government be headed for a shutdown? Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, look ahead to the week in news.

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Full Text of Obama's Clean Fleet Speech at UPS

Friday, April 01, 2011

Here's the full text of the President Barack Obama's remarks on clean fleet technology. -TN

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

ON THE CLEAN FLEET PARTNERSHIP

Landover UPS Facility, Landover, Maryland

12:33 P.M. EDT, April 1, 2011

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Hello, everybody.  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.

I am thrilled to be here, proud to be joined here today by two of our outstanding Cabinet Secretaries, Steven Chu and Ray LaHood.  Where are Steven Chu and Ray?  There they are over there.  We’re here today for a simple reason:  Ray wasn’t home when they tried to deliver a package yesterday -- (laughter) -- so we thought we’d just grab it and be on our way.  (Laughter.)  I’ve been working them too hard.

In addition to Steve and Ray, we also have the Attorney General of Maryland, Doug Gansler, is here.  (Applause.)  And we’ve got one of the finest senators in the United States Senate, from Maryland, Ben Cardin is in the house.  (Applause.)

We actually didn’t come here for -- to grab a package.  We’re actually here to announce an exciting new partnership between the federal government and some of America’s leading companies –- a partnership that will help reduce our dependence on oil, that will protect our planet, and will spur economic growth.

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Where We're Starting on Domestic Energy: Coal

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

As President Obama laid out his vision for domestic energy production in the future, calling for a drop of one-third in our oil imports, it's worth noting where we're starting from.

President Obama only mentioned "coal" once in his speech, but last year, it made up the largest share of domestic energy production at 45 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Only one percent of domestic energy production came from petroleum, 24 percent was natural gas, and nuclear made up 20 percent of domestic energy.

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Obama-Driven Business Boom Likely for Harlem's Red Rooster

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

While there’s much emphasis on the president's choice of location as a way to re-energize his base and some grumbling about the soiree's pricey tickets, it seems likely — based on Obama's past effect on eateries — that it will be a boon to business for Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster’s famous owner.

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Obama's Harlem Fans Already Looking to Reelection

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hours before Obama's scheduled arrival at a $30,800-a-plate fundraiser at the Red Rooster restaurant, neighborhood residents still gathered early in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president.

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Beinart Analysis: Obama's Libya Speech

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There will always be terrible, terrible things that happen in the world and it is way beyond America's capacity to stop all of them, particularly in a military sense. So the real world choice is humanitarian intervention never, or humanitarian intervention occasionally. Humanitarian intervention always, to stop every humanitarian slaughter, is simply never going to be in this world a possibility.

Peter Beinart, senior political writer for  The Daily Beast, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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A Convoluted Speech About a Convoluted War

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Obama timidly explained something he refused to call a war and gave an address on America's role in protecting the people of the world that was positively Bush-esque.

-- Karol Markowicz on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya

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Obama To Talk Libya, Raise Money in NYC

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

On President Obama's agenda today is dedicating a new building at the city's United Nations complex, sitting down with the big three broadcast TV networks, and raising campaign cash.

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Obama and Libya: The Most Presidential Thing

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The president and his team did not "go it alone." They sought and attained international support, meaningful military collaboration and the partnership of Arab states. One country they didn't court as assiduously, though, was their own.

-- Justin Krebs, on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya

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WNYC News

Obama Visits NYC to Raise Money, Speak About Libya

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Barack Obama is slated to visit the city Tuesday where he will raise funds for Democrats and again make his pitch for U.S. intervention in Libya to the networks.

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Libya: How to Win Allies in the Arab World

Monday, March 28, 2011

This is the best billion we've spent militarily since we pushed Saddam out of Kuwait in 1991.

-- Solomon Kleinsmith, on the way to win allies in Arab countries

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Obama to Raise Cash for Dems During Visit to City

Monday, March 28, 2011

President Barack Obama will raise cash for Democrats in New York this week.

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The Mix: Libya Escalation, Budget Gridlock, Nuclear Meltdown

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Calling for a Peace Plan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, calls on President Obama to clearly support a Palestinian state and offer a peace plan.

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Nuclear Regulator: 'Extremely High' Radiation Levels at Japanese Reactor

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

At a hearing on Capitol Hill, Energy Secretary Steven Chu reaffirmed the Obama administration's support for U.S. nuclear energy development in the shadow of Japan's radiation fears.

"That position has not been changed," Chu said when pushed by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) about whether President Obama still supports new domestic nuclear energy development. "That's a yes."

"That's what I wanted you to say," Barton said.

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