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Obama Goes to (Community) College

Monday, September 21, 2009

In July, President Obama spoke at Macomb Community College in Michigan about his commitment to supporting community colleges as a way to restrengthen America's economy. Following up on his promise, the president visits Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, today for a speech on higher education and high tech jobs. We speak to Hudson Valley Community College Professor Rich Porter, department chair of Building Systems Technology.

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Obama as Publicist-in-Chief

Monday, September 21, 2009

President Obama appeared on no fewer than five media outlets over the weekend, trying to get the word out about his health care initiative, the war in Afghanistan and his missile defense plans overseas. For a look at the impact of the president's media blitz, we speak to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tonight the president will trade in his policy-wonk hat for (hopefully) more comedic fare when he appears on "The Late Show with David Letterman." We are creating our own Top 10 list of things the president should not say on the show. Send us your suggestions and we'll make a list of the funniest.

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Obama Scraps Bush-Era Missile Plan

Friday, September 18, 2009

Yesterday President Obama announced that he is scrapping the Bush administration's plans for a land-based missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. He's opting instead to focus on a defense system that would intercept shorter-range missiles from Iran. This move has upset Poland and the Czech Republic, but pleased Russia, who was against Bush's plan. Is this an intelligent decision based on new information about Iran's weapons? Or will it empower Russia and Iran at the expense of American allies? We speak to former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, who served under President Bush, and to Alexander Cooley, professor of International Relations and Foreign Policy at Barnard College. (Click through for a full interview transcript.)

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EU Attempts Bank Bonus Reform

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bonuses for bankers aren't just a Wall Street problem. Nations from the European Union — mostly led by France — are hammering out an agreement on reforming structures for giving out bank bonuses. The G20 meetings will take place in Pittsburgh in just a few weeks; the E.U.'s goal is to reach an agreement before then... and they hope to get the United States on board, too. Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, has the details.

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Amidst Criticism, Obama to Urge Schoolkids to Work Hard

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

It has been described as a situation as messy as an 'Animal House' food fight. Obama's decision to talk directly to youngsters today at noon has provoked accusations from critics, including 'indoctrination' and 'politicking' from critics. The fever pitch has gotten high enough that the White House released the text of the speech yesterday in what appeared an attempt to calm critics. This was enough for Newt Gingrich, who said it's a "good speech" and "good for students to hear," but did this quiet the bickering masses? We talk to parents and a public school spokesperson for their impressions. We talk again with Sheri Fowler, from the Rockwall Independent School District in Texas; Brett Curtis, a father of three from Pearland, Texas; and Michael Campo from Chicago, Illinois.

"My reaction is that [the speech] sounds like something a father might say to his child. That's what my job is. I'm a parent and I feel like it's my responsibility to teach my kids the values of education and that my kid goes to school to get the education and not to be lectured by politicians."
—Brett Curtis,father of three in Pearland, Texas after reading text of the President's speech.

"I think that this president just can't cut a break. It's becoming almost offensvive at the way some people are treating [it] and disrespectful to the Office of the Presidency."
—Michael Campo, father of three in Chicago, Illinois

 

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Summer Over, Congress Heads Back to Hill

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

It’s official: summer vacation is over and Congress is back in session, preparing to pick up where they left off. This week, President Obama will attempt to take back control of the health care debate in a prime-time speech Wednesday night.

Joining us for a round table discussion on what awaits the President this week – from health care to Afghanistan to the overall happiness of the nation – is Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times; Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine; and Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports.

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President Obama's Cruel Summer Gets Worse

Monday, September 07, 2009

As the summer winds to a close, President Obama is facing a number of trials and tribulations that have nothing to do with the health care debate, believe it or not. His poll numbers are slipping, his embattled green-energy czar has resigned, and even his upcoming speech to school children is being called "indoctrination" by conservative groups. Sheri Fowler, spokeswoman for the Rockwall Independent School District in Texas, talks with us about why her school district is making the president's speech "optional viewing."

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White House Mum as Beck-Boycotting Czar Resigns

Monday, September 07, 2009

President Obama's "green-energy czar," Van Jones, has resigned unexpectedly. To understand the strange road that led to his resignation late Saturday night, we need to look back a couple of weeks, to when Glenn Beck appeared on Fox and Friends and said that President Obama "has a deep-seated hatred of white people." (Click through for Van Jones' previous appearances on The Takeaway.) For a closer look at the resignation and how this effects President Obama's favorability, we talk to Julie Mason. She covers the White House for the Washington Examiner.

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This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Jill McGivering

Monday, September 07, 2009

For this week's agenda, we look ahead to President Obama's upcoming speech to school children across the country, the week on Wall Street after the long holiday weekend, and the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Joining us today is Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times. And from Bush House in London Jill McGivering, Asia editor for the BBC World Service.

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Recess is Over: Resuming Health Care Debate

Monday, September 07, 2009

President Obama is preparing his Wednesday address on health care reform to a joint session of Congress. Aides say the president is about to adopt a more vigorous role in the debate as lawmakers return from recess. We talk to Takeaway regular Julie Mason of the Washington Examiner and Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and author of "Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn against Government."

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Obama to Give Congress Prescription for Health Care

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The White House announced an addition to the president's agenda next Wednesday; he will speak about health care reform before a joint session of Congress. Obama's oration skills have long been considered one of his strengths, but pundits wonder if a few words from the bully pulpit can bring about agreement on the challenging health care bill. Joining us with a preview of what the president might say is Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine. We also speak to presidential historian Allan Lichtman, from American University, for a look at how presidents have waged their battles with Congress in recent decades.

"The president has got to come up with some kind of plan. And the members of Congress have got to zip their lips, and zip their egos and do one thing and one thing only, get that plan through."
—Presidential historian Allan Lichtman on how President Obama can pass health care reform

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Obama to Press Forward with Health Care Reform

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

It has been a long, arduous summer for Democrats pushing health care reform. Despite this summer's shouting campaign at town halls and President Obama’s falling approval rating – which recently dropped to 50% – the White House is expected to press on with more aggressive health care reform efforts. Politico.com reports that President Obama will lay out his specific demands for health care legislation as early as next week, when lawmakers return to Washington. Can Obama get a bill back on track to be passed this year? We speak with Politico reporter Alex Burns and Paul Starr, a senior health policy adviser in the Clinton White House and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry.

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Obama Readies his Health Care Plans

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

We check in with Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner. President Obama seems to be hunkering down and working hard on his health care plans before Congress comes back into session next week.

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Obama Returns to D.C., Health Care Debate

Monday, August 31, 2009

President Barack Obama is back at work this week, and it's safe to say that health care reform will remain at the top of the president's agenda. Will President Obama still try to compromise with Republicans or will the president and Democrats go it alone, using procedural techniques to pass reform with a simple majority in the Senate? Here to help us understand the very difficult path to health care reform is Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine.

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The Week Ahead with Marcus Mabry and Rob Watson

Monday, August 31, 2009

For this week's agenda segment, we look ahead to President Obama returning to Washington and the developing plans for heath care reform, current economic numbers, and the elections in Japan. Joining us are Marcus Mabry, international business editor for our partner The New York Times, and Rob Watson, defense correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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Obamas Cuts Vacation Short for Kennedy Ceremony

Friday, August 28, 2009

President Obama and his family were supposed to be on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard all this week, but after several disruptions for official business, they're cutting their time-off short as the president and first lady head to Boston to pay respects to Senator Ted Kennedy. For an update on the Obamas' vacation, we talk to Boston Herald Columnist, Laura Raposa, who is in Martha's Vineyard.

 

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President Obama Remembers Ted Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

President Obama spoke to the press about his memories of Ted Kennedy just as we went off the air this morning.

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Kennedy's Endorsement of Obama for the Presidency

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We talk with Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Emily Rooney, host of WGBH's Greater Boston. They tell us about the the impact of Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama's presidential bid during the campaign.

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U.S. Deficit Projected to Reach $9 Trillion

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

President Obama may soon face a new obstacle to his plan to reform health care: a growing pool of budgetary red ink. The White House Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office will release new estimates today on the size of the U.S. deficit.  Both agencies are expected to say the deficit will reach $9 trillion over the next decade, which is a $2 trillion increase from previous projections. We speak with Linda Bilmes, Harvard professor of public finance and co-author, with Joseph Stiglitz, of the book "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict."

"There are only 2 ways to pay it off: either to raise taxes or to cut spending. And neither of those are things we want to do until the recession is over." — Linda Bilmes, Harvard professor of public finance and co-author of the book "The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict."

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Afghanistan: Obama's Vietnam?

Monday, August 24, 2009

We're joined by Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times, to talk about similarities between the continued war in Afghanistan and other ill-defined conflicts in America's past. He outlines this in his article for The New York Times, "Could Afghanistan Become Obama's Vietnam?

 

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