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War Talk Misses the "X-Factor"

Friday, October 08, 2010

On the emotional side, he looks at this and realizes this is really gloomy and dreary. He never uses the word win. He never uses the word victory. There's this X factor in war where you have to have the will to win.

-Bob Woodward, associate editor at the Washington Post, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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9 Years in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 07, 2010

On October 7th, 2001, less than a month after the attacks of September 11, American and British forces entered Afghanistan seeking to disrupt terrorist activities and capture members of al-Qaida. Nine years later we look back and reflect on one of the longest armed conflicts the U.S. has ever seen. Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs joins us for the hour.

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Stucknation: Advance Notes For Your New Jersey Trip, Mr. President

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dear Mr. President,

I heard that Wednesday evening you are coming to a fundraiser in Cresskill, New Jersey. I know you have been working overtime to get our economy unstuck, but I just wanted to outline some local conditions for you about how jammed up we are in these parts.

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Obama Voters Waiting for Inspiration

Friday, October 01, 2010

WNYC

"So this is incumbent upon us to do our part to get people out, to let them know, yes, maybe the president hasn't lived up to their expectations, but we can point out why. But this is no reason not to participate and not to continue to understand that elections are important."

-H. Carl McCall

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White House Chief of staff: Emanuel out, Rouse in

Friday, October 01, 2010

President Barack Obama is making official what has been clear for days: Rahm Emanuel, the relentless enforcer of his agenda as White House chief of staff, is resigning. The job Emanuel wants now is mayor of Chicago, where his next fierce political fight awaits.

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Rahm, Thanks for the Memories!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Profane, cantankerous, polarizing, and strong-willed, he's perhaps the most out-sized personality to occupy the office of the chief of staff; and now, he's gone. Rahm Emanuel, who has been President Obama's right hand man for the last two years, is leaving his White House digs with his eye on the mayor's office in his hometown of Chicago. John remembers some of Rahm's best moments.

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Was the Stimulus Good For America?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"When you build a bridge, when you build a canal, when you build a railroad, when you build the Hoover Dam in the 30s, when you look at all the infrastructure that was done, when you build an airport, that tends to pay dividends for years and decades to come in ways that people can't imagine."

-Dan Gross on The Brian Lehrer Show on September 29.

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Combat Continues for US Troops Still in Iraq

Monday, September 27, 2010

On August 31, President Obama announced the end of combat operations in Iraq. "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over," he said from the Oval Office, as he ordered the withdrawal of all combat forces from the country. Now, only 50,000 troops remain, tasked with handing security operations over to the Iraqis.

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Gingrich defines Anti-colonialism, Calls Obama Radical

Friday, September 24, 2010

WNYC

It means you start out every morning with a belief that the West somehow exploited the rest of the world and therefore the West is not worthy of equal treatment.

-Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Woodward Book Details Bitter Rift Among Obama Advisors Over Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Washington is atwitter (and Twittering) this morning over a new book by Bob Woodward. In "Obama's War," the forthcoming book by the veteran Washington Post reporter, high ranking administration officials dish about the bitter divide between the president's national security team over strategy in the war in Afghanistan. 

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Your Take: A Leadership Crisis for Obama?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

With news of a staff shakeup in the Obama White House and revelations that Obama's national security team is deeply, bitterly divided over strategy in the Afghanistan war, is the president having a leadership crisis, or is this just typical midterm angst? How well is the president leading his staff, and the country?

"There is a division within this administration of 'tribes.' There's the Clinton tribe and the Obama campaign tribe. And is a story of an outsider, to some extent, coming to Washington and learning what it's like to be commander-in-chief." — Peter Baker of The New York Times

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Pennsylvania Voters: Depression Where Obama Inspired Hope Two Years Ago

Monday, September 20, 2010

Depressed. That certainly describes Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, a former coal-area that now, as one local once explained it to me, “scratches to get by. Where I’ll sell you pizza, if you buy my tires.” But it also describes the mood of the voters, who, less than two years after “Yes, We Can” swept the nation, pretty much believe, “No, We Can’t.”

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, September 13, 2010

David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss why a Republican compromise on middle-class tax cuts is not a sign of rekindled bipartisanship in Washington.

The Brian Lehrer Show

President's News Conference

Friday, September 10, 2010

Charles Herman, WNYC business and economics editor, offers selections and analysis of President Obama's 11 AM news conference.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Political Preview

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett previews our political coverage today, including interviews with Senator Gillibrand and her challenger Gail Goode, as well as Obama's press conference on the economy.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama, Gillard, French unrest, Andy Coulson

Thursday, September 09, 2010

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Crunching the Numbers on Tax Cuts

Thursday, September 09, 2010

President Obama spoke to a crowd at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday. He continued a week of painting the GOP as naysayers and describing his plan to address the ailing economy: tax cuts on those making less than $250,000 a year paid for by closing business tax loopholes, and tax write-offs for businesses' research and development efforts as well as investments in new equipment and jobs.  Obama also described the U.S. as having done better under Clinton-era tax rates than those under President Bush's tax cuts. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politics Behind Policy

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Mark Alexander, former Obama advisor and Professor of Law at Seton Hall University Law School, on his blog post on WNYC's new politics blog Its A Free Country, about Obama's shift from campaigning to governing. Then Gus Faucher, economist at Moody’s, joins the conversation to discuss Obama's policy proposals this week and the politics behind them.

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'Off-Years' for Presidents

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

In my lifetime it has seemed to me that American political anger is pretty much a constant. From time to time that anger finds a candidate. From time to time that anger also finds and takes down an incumbent or two—or fifty. In fact political incumbency seems threatened right now in 2010. Certainly unease from the persistent economic downturn would bedevil any sitting president. But looking down through history it seems there’s a kind of buyer’s remorse at work in American politics. A landslide for a president can become a slide in the polls and even the loss of control of congress in just 2 years. The landslide mandate for change becomes a cloud of anti-government anger in the short time it takes to get to the so-called “off-year elections.”

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Listeners Respond: How Would You Spend $50 Billion?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

We asked Takeaway listeners to weigh in on President Obama's plan to spend $50 billion on infrastructure to stimulate the economy. If you had the money to spend, where would you send the check? 

Lindsey Swift wrote on our Facebook page:

“Water resources and management, waste disposal, upgrade ports, high speed internet everywhere, diversify transportation options, establish comprehensive energy smart grid.”

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