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SOTU Analysis

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's A Free Country bloggers Jami Floyd, Karol Markowicz, Justin Krebs, and Solomon Kleinsmith join our listeners in reacting to last night's State of the Union address.

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The Remaking of the President

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

John Heilemann, national political columnist for New York Magazine, discusses his cover story this week on the rapid overhaul of Obama's Presidency.

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The Takeaway

As Global Economy Grows, Can America Keep Up?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

If President Obama’s weekly YouTube address is any indication, America’s ability to compete globally will be an issue very much on the table during his State of the Union speech tonight. So what are the areas where we’re out-competing other countries? And are jobs and economic growth the most important indications of success in the competitive global market?

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What Are We Up To During The State Of The Union?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

During tonight's State of the Union address, It's A Free Country has lots going on. We're hosting a watching party at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space here in New York City. But just because you're not with us in NYC doesn't mean you can't be part of the party. Here's how:

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Obama's Regulation Review

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    President Obama is modernizing regulations - removing outdated and "dumb" ones and creating new ones to address current issues. Rena Steinzor, President of the Center for Progressive Reform, and Jerry Bowyer, author of the Free Market Capitalist's Survival Guide offer opposing perspectives and discuss the administration's new focus on "competitiveness".

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    The Takeaway

    Is 'O: A Presidential Novel' Any Good?

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    It’s likely you’ve heard about “O: A Presidential Novel.” The book is a fictional account of the Obama administration — the author, according to the publisher's website — "has been in the room with Obama and wishes to remain anonymous.” But buzz or no buzz, is “O” any good? Does it reveal anything juicy about Obama? And how is it similar or different from other fictional depictions of real, living presidents and administrations? Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor at Essence Magazine reviews the book.

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    The Takeaway

    State of the Union: National Speech, Global Audience

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, he won't just be speaking to the American people; he'll be speaking to the world. From Iran to Afghanistan to Russia, world leaders and ordinary citizens will listen carefully to Obama's words. For a look at the geopolitical landscape facing Obama on the eve of his address, we talk to George Friedman, author of "The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going."

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    WNYC News

    Obama: I Refused to Accept Gov. Cuomo's Jets Hat

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    President Obama, a Chicago Bears fan, said Cuomo tried to give him a Jets cap during his tour of the GE Plant in upstate New York on Friday.

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    The Takeaway

    Some Practical Wisdom for President Obama

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    We frequently hear terms like “common sense” and “street smarts.” But what about “practical wisdom”? A concept first identified by Aristotle, practical wisdom is something Swarthmore professors Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe believe needs a comeback. They insist that it could help our institutions and communities and our nation. But what is practical wisdom? And how might it help something like Obama’s presidency?

     

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    The Takeaway

    China: Good for US Economy?

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Politicians often use "China" as a code word for job-stealing, economy-busting or general wrongdoing. But President Obama stressed the importance of a strong relationship between the two countries during Wednesday's joint press conference with China's President Hu Jintao. Obama described the U.S.'s economic relationship with China as "positive" and "constructive" while touting the $45 billion export deal he cemented during President Hu Jintao's visit. Today we look at how we have benefited from China’s growing economy.

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    America’s Wars in the Age of Obama

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Stephen L. Carter, Professor of Law at Yale, discusses President Barack Obama's views on war and what they mean for America and its role in military conflicts. The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama looks at the implications of the military philosophy Obama has adopted during his first two years in office. It also explores how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are shaping Pres. Obama’s views of the country's role in conflict and peace.

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    WNYC News

    Obama Names Daley as Chief of Staff

    Thursday, January 06, 2011

    President Barack Obama selected William Daley as his next White House chief of staff, according to the Associated Press.

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    Lame Duck Congress: What Was The Biggest Accomplishment?

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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    After months of Congressional stalemate, the lame duck session saw a flurry of activity. Round the clock discussions and deals resulted in landmark legislation reaching President Obama's desk almost daily. All this started days after Republicans gained the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Obama's popularity seemed to be at an all-time low. See below for a list of the accomplishments, and let us know what you think of the lame-duck session's busy month.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Tax Cut Compromise

    Tuesday, December 07, 2010

    Michael Scherer, White House Correspondent for TIME, and Peter Coy, economics editor at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, discuss the deal struck between Obama and Senate Republicans on extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

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    Progressive Work Around

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Sarah R. Wartell, executive vice president at the Center for American Progress, talks about what President Obama can do to advance a progressive agenda without the help of Congress. The organization has published a report recommending the use of executive orders in the face of division and probable gridlock between the House and the Senate. 

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    Should Democrats be Celebrating?

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    You do all this legislating in between elections, a lot of gamesmanship designed to hurt the other guys. I think this is an upside-down way of looking at what politics is about. It should be about how you use the seats you won in the last election to enact your agenda, what you believe in, and what you told people when you got elected.

    - William Saletan, national correspondent for Slate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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    The Takeaway

    President Obama's Quiet Agenda in Asia

    Tuesday, November 09, 2010

    President Obama arrived in Indonesia this morning, for the second stop on his 10-day trip in Asia. As he meets with world leaders in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, the President will talk about global security, international trade and economics, improving cultural ties, diplomatic efforts and preventing terrorism. But some issues will be conspicuously missing from his public agenda.

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    Angry Barack Man

    Friday, November 05, 2010

    People accusing Barack Obama of being insufficiently “angry” need a Shaft fix. After that, they should get back to evaluating our President as a human being rather than as a stereotype.

    Yes, stereotype. How “angry” are people waiting for a United States president to look, and why so much concern about it with this president?

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    Wait, How Much Does the President Really Matter?

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    Freakonomics Radio asks this question in its latest podcast.

    The answer would seem obvious: Yes, he matters. A whole lot. Absolutely.

    But is that really so?

    Stephen Dubner puts the question to former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, economist Justin Wolfers, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, “baseball economist” J.C. Bradbury, and Cornell law professor Bernadette Meyler

    Listen to the podcast here.

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    A Mandate for Governing from the Center

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    Tuesday's results were a not a no-confidence vote against Obama, nor was it a vote for the Republicans’ platform. Polls indicate that voters are mad at everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike. They simply voted out the party in power.

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