Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In Afghanistan, peace talks with the Taliban have already broken down. We explore the idea of talking to your enemy and whether the Afghan government should engage in talks with the Taliban. Bilal Sarwary, reporter for the BBC; Kristen Rouse, a three-tour veteran of Afghanistan; and Kurt Volker, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO, weigh in on these developments.
Monday, June 17, 2013
In this week's Washington Report online, Kerry Nolan talks with David Sanger about whether the election of Iran's new President really means a moderation of the hard-line government; what happens now that the US is arming Syrian rebels and just how transparent the NSA is likely to get in the wake of the surveillance leaks.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the oversight of the National Security Agency’s secret intelligence-gathering efforts. Plus, they talk about a New York Times photo tour of Beastie Boy Mike D’s new home in Brooklyn—a piece that incited a rousing email debate within the Slate office.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the new revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds routine collection of DNA samples from criminal suspects.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Today President Obama meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping far outside the beltway, in sunny Palm Springs, California. The two leaders have much to discuss, from North Korea to cyberattacks to recent reports of Chinese espionage in American institutions. Peter Narvarro is a professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine. He recently directed a film entitled “Death By China.”
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Jonathan Alter’s new book The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies tells the story of the 2012 election. He talks about that and analyzes the current news. Plus: Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League on how to fight viral hate speech on the Internet; Rutgers professor Ross Baker on the special election to fill Lautenberg’s Senate seat; and Curtis White talks about his book on the defense of arts and culture against “scientism.”
Saturday, June 01, 2013
On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and David Plotz discuss the durability of President Obama’s bipartisan relationship with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the showdown over judicial appointments
Saturday, May 25, 2013
On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how Apple and other corporations avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes. They also discuss Obama’s new drone and Guantanamo policies.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at the New York Times, and the author of (now in paperback) Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013) talks about the use of cyberattacks in the conflict with Iran.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama’s season of scandals and his prospects for second-term governing. Then, they talk in more detail about the Justice Department’s snooping on AP journalists.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
This week, three major scandals have picked up steam in Washington: the I.R.S. unfairly targeting conservative groups, the Department of Justice's subpoena of journalists' phone numbers and last year's attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich shares the latest on the series of firestorms in Washington.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Today marks the 37th time the House has attempted to repeal the health care law. Is there any possibility of the law finally being overturned, and if not, why do Republican leaders persist in attempting to do so? The Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.
Monday, May 13, 2013
In this week's Washington Report, Kerry Nolan speaks with New York Times' Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger about a new kind of cyber-attack; he looks at what we learned from the Benghazi hearings and ponders the question: is the President a lame duck already?
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
President Obama says the United States will not intervene in Syria unless there is clear evidence that chemical weapons have been used by the Assad regime. But with already 70,000 people dead in this conflict, are we splitting hairs over the techniques used to kill people? Does it really matter how people are being killed?
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
President Obama is visiting Mexico Thursday. Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, talks about what to expect from the trip and the relationship between Obama and President Pena Nieto.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, wrote last week: "One thing that [President] Obama has made very clear in his approach to war and peace: He abhors the prospect of uncontrolled escalation." Today, he talks about the Obama administration's "red line" when it comes to Syria, and the calculation of conflict.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Yesterday, the senate voted down a plan to expand background checks on firearm sales, as well as several other amendments gun control advocates said would help prevent gun violence. Glenn Thrush, Senior White House Reporter for POLITICO, discusses the vote, President Obama's impassioned reaction to the defeat, and what comes next.