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Live Coverage: President Obama on the Oil Spill

Thursday, May 27, 2010

President Obama is releasing the White House’s 30-day safety review of deep-water drilling. Watch the coverage live here or click below for the audio. The announcement is expected to begin at 12:40 p.m. Eastern.

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The Obama Doctrine: The White House Releases a New National Security Strategy

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Obama administration is set to release its National Security Strategy today. It is expected to take a sharp turn away from the doctrines President George W. Bush, which focused security on fighting terrorism, even if that meant acting unilaterality. According to The New York Times, the strategy says that "preserving American leadership in the world hinges on learning to accept and manage the rise of many competitors." 

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No Tweeting at White House's Second State Dinner

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Following last year's debacle where a pair of Washington D.C. socialites snuck in and hobnobbed with Obama's top brass, the Obama White House was on high alert at last night's state dinner for Mexican president, Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala. However, the leaders were still having fun, according to Latoya Peterson, editor of the blog Racialicious.

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Hamid Karzai Visits Washington to Warmer Welcome Than Last Meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in Washington today for a week of meetings with President Obama and other high-level U.S. officials. The tenor of this visit is vastly different from the last time the two leaders met when Obama flew to Kabul in late March to lecture Karzai on corruption in Afghanistan. 

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Obama to Deliver University of Michigan Commencement Speech

Friday, April 30, 2010

President Obama will deliver the commencement speech at the University of Michigan tomorrow. The university expects a majority of the students to attend along with 80,000 friends and family members. And as Jake Smilovitz, editor in chief of the student-run paper, tells us that expectations run high, considering the school's history of ground-breaking presidential speeches. Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy have all taken the stage at U of M.

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    Hillary Clinton Becomes Obama's Best Asset on World Stage

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

    Two years after a contested and hot-spirited primary campaign, Barack Obama's strongest rival has morphed into a great ally as the president and the secretary of state find their footing on the international stage. It took some time for Hillary Clinton to find her voice in the Obama administration, but is now a strong member of the team.

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    A Rational Argument for Financial Oversight

    Friday, April 23, 2010

    President Obama was on Wall Street yesterday pushing for stronger oversight of the financial industry, which he set forth as the best way to prevent another massive financial collapse.

    "The only people who ought to fear the kind of oversight and transparency that we're proposing are those whose conduct will fail this scrutiny," Obama said during a speech at Cooper Union.

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    Transportation Nation

    Bike paths, new sidewalks, street lights: Early signs of Obamacare?

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    (April 15, 2010 - Bronx, NY)  The Obama Administration's healthcare reform bill will be setting up insurance exchanges, making young adults eligible for coverage and ending things like lifetime caps on coverage and exclusions for people with pre-existing conditions.  But it also offers $15 billion for little things to make communities more livable.  Things like parks, bike paths and sidewalks -- ways to get around, be active and hopefully avoid illness.  Marketplace's Gregory Warner takes a walk around the South Bronx to see what change might look like.

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    2010's Space Odyssey: Obama's NASA Proposals May Change Space Flight Forever

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    President Obama is in Cape Canaveral, Fla. today, where he'll defend his controversial vision for NASA. The linchpin of Obama's plan involves cancelling the Constellation program and reviving the Orion project. Axing Constellation will effectively prohibit NASA from returning astronauts to the moon - a prospect that lead iconic astronauts Neil Armstrong and James Lovell to publicly express dismay, calling Obama's plan "devastating." 

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    This Week's Agenda: Justice Stevens, Nuclear Security Summit, VH1's 'What Chili Wants'

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    We take look at what's ahead this week with Marcus Mabry of The New York Times and Latoya Peterson of the blog Racialicious. This week, President Obama hosts a nuclear security summit while the first lady travels to Mexico. The White House may soon reveal possible nominees to take Justice Stevens' seat on the nation's most honorable bench. And a new dating show hits VH1.

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    Obama Flies to Afghanistan to Rally the Troops, and Focuses on Foreign Policy Around the Globe

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday, during which he spoke to American troops and had a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. To the troops, Obama said his "main job here today is to say thank you on behalf of the entire American people." The visit comes days after the president announced a nuclear deal with Russia and as Iraq forms a new government. How is the Obama administration's foreign policy evolving in its second year?

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    Tracking Health Care Reform from Tea Parties to the Health Care Lobby

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    The battle over health care reform has come to define the beginning of Barack Obama's presidency, and some say he has bet his future on passing the bill. This week we may finally see the last chapter in the year long battle as House Democrats are counting their supporters for a potential vote on Saturday. It's been a long journey and as we wait for the big day, we're taking a look back at the turning points that got us here.


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    Takeouts: Obama Pushes Health Care in Pennsylvania, March Madness Begins

    Monday, March 08, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Health care is back on the front burner for President Obama this week, and today he travels to Glenside, Pa. to push health care at Arcadia University. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us more.
    • SPORTS TAKEOUT: In like a lion, march madness begins now that college basketball is heating up across the country. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the UConn women's basketball team tying their own record for consecutive wins, and number one team Syracuse losing.

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    What Next After Iraq's Elections?

    Monday, March 08, 2010

    Millions of Iraqis went to polling stations on Sunday to vote in the nation's parliamentary elections. Sporadic violence was responsible for the deaths of at least 38 people, but early reports indicate the election was largely viewed as a success by the international community. President Obama called the vote a "milestone" on Sunday, but analysts and observers wonder if the election will trigger sectarian violence as it did following Iraq's 2005 elections. 

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    A Year Later, Obama Says it's Time for Health Care Vote

    Thursday, March 04, 2010

    Yesterday, President Obama made one last-ditch attempt to push for health care overhaul. After a year of debate, the president said it was time for the Senate to cast an "up or down vote" on the final version of the bill. Still, many Republicans — and even some Democrats — do not support the proposal. The push comes just a week after the president's heath care summit at the White House, and after he said he would be open to four republican ideas gleaned from that discussion.

     

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    First Take: Obama Tweaks Health Plan, Data Driven Education, Historically Black Colleges Trailblaze Again

    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    UPDATED 8:00 PM


    Noel King here on the night shift.

    The Gates Foundation has just released a survey of 40,000 public school teachers who shared their thoughts on how to improve our nation's schools. We'll be speaking Jane Hannaway from the Urban Institute who says that right now, it's just impossible to determine what makes a good teacher. Producer Marine Olivesi spent the afternoon trying to track down teachers to join us for their thoughts on improving education - and ended up with dozens of interested folks from across the country. We've narrowed it down to a public high school teacher from Fresno, California and a young man who works at a charter school in Brooklyn, New York.

     
    A striking new government statistic crossed our radar earlier in the day: 1 in 5 people in the U.S. over the age of 65 live in poverty. New York Times reporter Sam Roberts explains why. And of course, we'll go right to the source with 74-year-old Delores Miller who is about to be evicted from her apartment in New York.


    And producer Chang Lin has used old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting to track down Bill Bunten, the Mayor of Topeka, Kansas. Bunten is changing the name of the city, at least for a little while, to Google, Kansas. Google's "Fiber for Communities" program is going to give some U.S. cities free broadband internet and Bunten wants Topeka, um, Google, to be in the running.

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    First Take: Obama's Health Plan, "Frustration Nation" and the Media, Afghan Civilian Casualties

    Monday, February 22, 2010

    UPDATED: 4:45 p.m. - Adam Hirsch, Web Producer, here, on the afternoon swing shift.

    The second day of our "Frustration Nation" series is coming together nicely: the conversation about the role of the media in political gridlock will now include our friend Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and long time political journalist Michael Kinsley. They've each watched politics and political reporting for decades and somehow kept their sanity: we're expecting a lively conversation from them.

    We'll be talking with journalist Najibullah Quraishi and his producer, Jamie Doran, who managed to get themselves embedded with a group of Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan and documented it for Frontline.  The footage is pretty incredible, and Quraishi apparently barely made it away from the group alive, after they began disagreeing about the wisdom of allowing a reporter to tag along with them.

    And as a follow-on to our segment about credit card changes this morning, we'll be talking about changes to debit card fees with reporters from our partners at The New York Times; that's just coming together now, but we'll fill in the details later tonight.

     

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    Republicans Prepare for White House Health Care Meeting

    Tuesday, February 09, 2010

    President Obama has called for a health care summit at the White House, where republicans can offer up their own ideas on how to reduce costs, and the two parties can try again to find some common ground.

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    Donna Brazile and Fred Barnes Debate the State of the Union

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Following President Obama's State of the Union address last night, we get analysis from pundits in opposing political arenas. Democratic political strategist, Donna Brazile and Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, discuss what the president achieved and what he missed in his speech.

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    Chris Matthews Says He 'Forgot' Obama Was Black

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    President Obama's State of the Union Address last night prompted a wide range of comments on style and policy.  But maybe the most surprising came from MSNBC Chris Matthews, who said he "forgot that he was black tonight for an hour." We ask Morehouse College professor David Wall Rice.

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