Obama Administration

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A Sea of Black Ink

Friday, May 01, 2015

The White House has released data about last year's Freedom of Information Act requests. The AP analyzed the administration's numbers and found their claim of openness lacking.

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Kerry Asks for Unfettered War Against ISIS

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

While everyone was focused on the torture report, Sec. of State John Kerry testified before Congress and said that the president wants virtually no restrictions to fight against ISIS.

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American Foreign Policy in Crisis

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Foreign Policy CEO/editor David J. Rothkopf looks at how the U.S. has interacted with the world during the Bush and Obama presidencies.

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The Takeaway

Legal Questions Cloud Obama's ISIS Strategy

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Obama Administration says the Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, legally justifies for strikes in Syria and Iraq. But last year, the president called for its repeal. 

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Obama to Present National Medal of Arts to BAM, Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music during a White House ceremony on Monday at 3 pm.

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The Takeaway

Obama Lays Out Foreign Policy Vision — But is it Too Late?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

After announcing that some troops will stay in Afghanistan, President Obama delivers a major speech at West Point Wednesday. But there's little time left in his presidency for a foreign policy reboot.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Tackles Tensions Between Japan & China

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo today, the first stop on his week-long trip through Southeast Asia. At the top of his agenda are the rising tensions between Japan and China.

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Obamacare in 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for The Washington Post and Wonkblog, gives us the latest updates from the ACA roll out, and what we can expect in 2014.

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New Tech City

A Google Map of Our Brains: The Next Chapter in Neuroscience

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Scientists in New York City are at the center of President Obama's brain research initiative, a $100 million effort to better understand the inner workings of the human noggin.


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Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Friday, August 23, 2013

Karen DeYoung, senior National Security correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, discusses the latest claims of a deadly chemical attack on activists in Syria, and whether or not it constitutes a "red line" that could force action on the part of the U.S.

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The State of US-Russia Relations

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

This morning, President Obama canceled his Moscow one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid U.S. anger over Russia's asylum of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. David J. Kramer, president of the human-rights organization Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S.-Russia relations in light, post-Snowden, and the ongoing tension over the treatment of gays in that country.

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The Takeaway

The Next Policy Steps for the U.S. in Egypt

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Connected to the question of what policy steps America should take next in Egypt is the question of what—if anything—the United States could have done differently to forestall the current turmoil in the first place. Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University, joins The Takeaway to discuss the current crisis and his predictions for the future.


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Do Presidents Matter?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Joseph Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, former dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the author of Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (Princeton University Press, May 26, 2013) examines eight presidencies to advise the current White House on effective foreign policy.

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Law and Politics

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker, CNN legal analyst, and author of (soon in paperback) The Oath: the Obama White House and the Supreme Court (Anchor, 2013) talks about the stop-and-frisk lawsuit, the IRS vs. 501(c)(4)'s, Eric Holder on the hot seat, and other national legal news.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Appealing Judge's Ruling on Plan B

Thursday, May 02, 2013

In a move that pits the Obama administration firmly against women's reproductive health advocates, the Justice Department filed a notice to appeal a judge's decision to allow girls under 15 years old to have over-the-counter access to the morning after pill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the legal and political battle.

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On The Media

Is the Obama Administration Waging A 'War on Leakers'?

Friday, March 29, 2013

The rate of prosecution of government leakers has reached unprecedented heights under President Obama, twice that of every other president combined. It's been called a 'war on leakers'. But is it? Columbia Law professor David Pozen, author of The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information, tells Brooke that when you consider the total number of government leakers - less then 1% are punished.


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OFA and Obama's Big Money

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Obama campaign operation has turned into a big-money PAC. Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter covering lobbying and campaign finance for The New York Times, discusses Organizing for Action and how it's using large donors to lobby around 2nd-term policy issues like gun control.

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Jon Meacham on Sequester Season

Friday, February 22, 2013

The President and Congress are locked in a debate over the effects of the so-called "sequester," with Obama warning of dire consequences and Republicans more and more comfortable with the idea of the automatic spending cuts taking effect. Jon Meacham, executive editor at Random House and author of the book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, discusses the latest in the negotiations, and other key news from DC.

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Monday Morning Politics: Jake Tapper

Monday, February 04, 2013

It's another busy week in DC, with continuing efforts to reach immigration reform, the confirmation of Chuck Hagel in the balance, and another set of negotiations over taxes and "sequester" cuts on the horizon. Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent and author of The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, discusses the latest.

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Second Term Inaugural Message

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

President Obama's 2nd inaugural speech was a call to action on climate change, immigration, women's rights, and other issues. Clarence Page, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Newsday and other national publications, talks about the inauguration, the speech, and the president's second term agenda.

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