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Fixing America on a Budget (of $10 billion a month)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled his strategy for a staged troop withdrawal out of Afghanistan. He followed the announcement with a plan to focus more attention on rebuilding the home front. We asked our listeners how they would put the estimated $10 billion per month that the country currently spends in Afghanistan to better use here at home. We received a ton of great responses, many of them focused on the exploration and development of green technologies.

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The Takeaway

Nation Building: Obama Echoes Lyndon Johnson's Great Society

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In his speech to the nation last Wednesday, announcing troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, President Obama said we needed to refocus on nation-building here at home. This idea echoes the massive ambitions of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s. Johnson’s situation seems to somewhat mirror President Obama’s: Johnson brought us the Civil Rights Act, Medicare and Medicaid, but his broader ambitions were eventually sidelined by the fiscal necessity of Vietnam.

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The Takeaway

Should We Invest $10 billion ‘Peace Dividend’ in Education?

Monday, June 27, 2011

As President Obama announced the draw-down of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by September 2012, he said it was time for our country to focus on nation-building here at home. The troop reduction could save $10 billion next year, so we asked our listeners: what should we do with that windfall? Many of you told us to invest in education.

 

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The Washington Report

A Closer Look at President Obama's Drawdown in Afghanistan

Monday, June 27, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Obama's plans in Afghanistan and on Congressional lawmakers' decision to condemn the administration's role in the conflict in Libya.

The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Nation building... it's not just for Afghanistan anymore

Friday, June 24, 2011

President Obama and GOP Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman agree on one thing: we need less nation-building abroad, and more nation building here at home.  Both expressed the sentiment, separately, on Thursday.

But will talking lead to doing?  And what would stateside nation building actually look like?

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The Takeaway

Does President Obama Listen to His Generals?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

After many months of speculation and political pressure, President Obama laid out his plans for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan last night. His plans signal a shift in strategy, with Obama pulling troops out of Afghanistan at a faster pace than top military generals had initially recommended. Some senior officials have said on the record that rapid troop withdrawal will make it difficult for the remaining American forces in Afghanistan to complete their mission. 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Un-Surge in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 23, 2011

President Obama announced that 10,000 troops would return from Afghanistan this year, and the full 33,000 sent in the recent surge would return by next summer. Robert Haddick, managing editor of Small Wars Journal, discusses the Obama administration's shift.

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Cast of 'Sister Act' Prepares to Perform at Obama Fundraiser

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Barack Obama comes to the city Thursday evening to do some fundraising. In addition to appearing at an LBGT gala hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris, the president will stop by the Broadway Theater to speak after a show of "Sister Act."

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The Takeaway

Does Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan Mean the War is Over?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On Wednesday evening President Obama will unveil his exit strategy from Afghanistan. We’ll hear exactly how many of our troops will be coming home and when the U.S. military will hand over power to Afghan security forces. This comes nearly a decade after the first U.S. military campaign against Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces. There has been mounting political pressure on the president to instigate a significant withdrawal and many people are hoping this marks the closing chapter of the War in Afghanistan. 

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The Washington Report

President Obama Weighs Options for Afghan Pullout

Monday, June 20, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs President Obama's gameplan in Afghanistan and a former ambassador's decision to enter the race for the White House.

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The Takeaway

After Weiner, Will Special Election Be a Referendum on Obama?

Friday, June 17, 2011

A mixture of cheers and jeers followed seven-term New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner's announcement Thursday that he would be resigning from public office. Weiner apologized to his constituents and to his wife for the sexting scandal, in which he admitted to sending lewd messages and photos to at least six women. Weiner was one of the more outspokenly liberal members of the House – and his 9th District that has been a Democratic stronghold for decades. Will his successor's replacement change the political spectrum or become a referendum on President Obama's politics, as a litmus test for 2012?

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The Takeaway

Obama Visits Puerto Rico, But Speaks to Floridians

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

President Obama is touring San Juan, Puerto Rico, today as the first sitting president to make an official state visit to the island commonwealth in 50 years. He is making good on a promise he made while campaigning for the primaries in 2008. But he is also reaching out to constituents — while commonwealth Puerto Ricans can't vote in general elections, the growing population of Puerto Ricans living in Florida could be a deciding factor in swinging the sunshine state in 2012.

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The Washington Report

Obama Administration Considers Faster Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Monday, June 06, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on a potential troop reduction in Afghanistan, American interests in Yemen, and the latest unemployment figures.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Volt Dealers Grab Tax Break For Themselves, & Bike Lawbreakers in CA City Get Choice: Ticket -- or Traffic School

Friday, June 03, 2011

President Obama visits a Chrysler plant in Toledo today to talk about the industry's recovery. (Detroit Free Press)

Laura D'Andrea Tyson writes in the New York Times "the eroding quality of infrastructure is making the United States a less attractive place to do business."

Huntington Beach has become the first city in California to offer traffic school for bicyclists who break the law. (Los Angeles Times)

Ocean City, Maryland, is trying to lure tourists with the promise of free gas. (WAMU)

Ocean City (photo by Notyourbroom/Wikimedia Commons)

Some Chevy Volt dealers are taking the $7,500 tax rebate for themselves, then selling the cars "used." (The Takeaway)

The DOT fined Continental Airlines and US Airways for violating price advertising rules. (Los Angeles Times)

Long Island City (Queens) will get bike lanes this summer. (New York Daily News)

NYC DOT head Janette Sadik-Khan talked about pothole repair before the City Council. (New York Daily News)

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Transportation Nation

White House: Auto Industry "Resurgent"

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

White House Chart of Auto Industry Jobs Growth

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  On the second anniversary of General Motors' declaration of bankruptcy, the White House is capping a weeks' worth of activities designed to tout that fact with a report documenting what it's calling "The Resurgence of the American Automotive Industry."

As we've reported, the President has gotten little credit for Detroit's crawl out of its hole. Democrats took a bath in Michigan this December, in what was, in 2008, such a desperate situation for Republicans that John McCain never fought for the state.

But this week, beginning with a radio address last week by Vice President Joe Biden (while the President was in Europe), continuing with the report, and culminating Friday with a trip to a Jeep plant, the Obama administration is trying to claim credit for the jobs created in the auto industry.

The report says the industry has added 115,000 jobs, which it says is the fastest rate of growth in over a decade.

It's part of the administration's march out of its own hole .

You can read the full report here.

 

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The Takeaway

Top Brass: President Nominates Dempsey as Joint Chiefs of Staff

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On Memorial Day, President Barack Obama announced his nomination for two top military positions. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey will replace Navy Adm. Michael Mullen as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey would be joined in the Pentagon by Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., who would serve as his vice chairman. Also announced, Gen. Ray Odierno was picked to replace Dempsey as Army chief. These choices, especially Dempsey’s nod for the Joint Chiefs assignment, took many military watchers by surprise.

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The Takeaway

Washington: Votes on Debt Ceiling, Libya

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

As the House gets ready to vote on raising the debt ceiling, a delegation of Congressional Republicans will meet with President Obama on Wednesday with a list of their demands. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has all the details. "Republicans are calling it a vote on the president's proposal on the debt limit, trying to tie it to the president's ankles," says Todd Zwillich. Meanwhile, there will also be a vote on the US role in Libya with Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) calling for a vote on a resolution to remove US personnel from Libya immediately.

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The Washington Report

President Chooses Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

Monday, May 30, 2011

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, joins Kerry Nolan to discuss President Obama's pick for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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It's A Free Blog

Obama's UK Speech Paves Path Forward - But What About Libya?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Listening to President Obama's address to the British Parliament, you wouldn't think our war in Libya is a very big deal. Its first mention is two-thirds of the way through the speech, the discussion of it lasts a single paragraph, and it is called an "action," "crackdown" and effort to ensure "the people of Libya are protected." Hardly a war at all.

-Justin Krebs, on the Obama administration's mixed foreign policy messages.

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The Takeaway

Ambassador Scrutinizes Obama-Netanyahu Face-Off

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shared their visions of peace at a long meeting in Washington on Friday, but their differences remain stark. Coming up, Martin Indyk, former United States Ambassador to Israel and director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, shares his thoughts.

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