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White House Helps Pay for NYPD Muslim Surveillance

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Obama administration said Monday it has no control over how the New York Police Department spends millions of dollars in White House grants that helped pay for NYPD programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance.

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The Takeaway

The Debate Over Obama's Birth Control Mandate

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Since Obama announced his birth control mandate that requires faith-based employers to pay for contraceptive coverage, church officials have waged against the controversial bill. Last Friday, President Obama put forth a compromise that would allow churches and their religious employees to shift the cost of birth control to their insurance companies. Pastor Bob Stec and James Salt discuss the debate within the religious community over the federal ruling.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Budget Reflects Reelection Agenda

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

President Obama presented his 2013 budget to Congress on Monday that includes $1.5 trillion in new taxes over the next ten years for the wealthiest taxpayers, closing some corporate tax breaks, and allowing Bush-era tax cuts to expire. However, it's not all cuts: the budget outlines increased spending for infrastructure projects, job-training, and innovation. Overall, it aims to lower the deficit below $1 trillion.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ryan Lizza on the Obama Presidency and the Florida Primary

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza gives an in-depth look at the first three years of Obama’s Presidency, and through interviews and internal White House memos —which have never been released to the public—with Obama’s handwritten notes, reveals how the President struggles with important decisions. The article “The Obama Memos” is in the January 30 issue of The New Yorker. Ryan Lizza will also report on what’s going on in Florida during that state’s primary.

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The Takeaway

Obama's State of the Campaign Address

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday night’s state of the union address will be a prime-time assessment of the nation's policy, economy and infrastructure and a laundry list of Administration policy goals set for the future. It will also serve as the opening salvo to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. To look at the State of the Union as prime time electioneering is Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.

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The Takeaway

Jodi Kantor on Controversy Over 'The Obamas'

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jodi Kantor, correspondent for The New York Times, has written a new book called "The Obamas," which gives an inside look into the first family. Specifically, she reports on Michelle Obama's role as First Lady and her interactions with the President and with his senior advisers. Though Mrs. Obama has not yet read the book, in a CBS This Morning interview she responded that people have tried to portray her as an "angry black woman" since the day her husband announced his bid for the presidency.

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The Takeaway

Lew to Replace Daley as Obama's Chief of Staff

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

After only one year in the job, Bill Daley, President Obama's chief of staff, is stepping down. Current budget director Jacob Lew will assume this post. Daley, a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and U.S. Commerce secretary, had publicly announced his frustration with Beltway politics and intentions to leave in October of last year.

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The Takeaway

New Book Offers Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama

Monday, January 09, 2012

In the past, first ladies were expected to be pleasant housewives that did a little charity work on the side. But Michelle Obama has bucked that trend: as a Harvard-trained lawyer with a significant career, she has criticized both her husband and his staff. A new book about the first family, "The Obamas" also elaborates on her discomfort with the media spotlight as well as with remaining on the sidelines.

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The Takeaway

Sweeping Changes to Immigration Rules Proposed

Monday, January 09, 2012

Currently, undocumented family members of legal citizens found living in the states must first exit the country and face a three to ten year ban before returning to apply for a green card. Under a new proposal by the Obama administration, the children and spouses of legal citizens could apply for a waiver which will allow them to remain in country to apply for their citizenship. Supporters say that it will keep families which face lengthy separation together while critics call the proposal “back door amnesty” and a move by the administration to court the much needed Latino vote.

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The Takeaway

Donald Berwick: The Man Who Wanted to Save Medicare

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

There's no question that our American health care system needs fixing. Dr. Donald Berwick, the man who was in charge of Medicare and Medicaid until last Thursday, was committed to ending waste. "Much is done that does not help patients at all," Dr. Berwick recently told The New York Times, "and many physicians know it." Dr. Berwick's quest to reform Medicare and Medicaid, the result of a temporary appointment made by President Obama last year, came to an end after just 17 months.

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The Takeaway

120,000 Jobs Added in November, Unemployment Drops Below 9 Percent

Friday, December 02, 2011

Since President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act in September of this year, he has spoken publicly about it more than 50 times. The jobs report for November comes out this morning and the consensus call is that 125,000 new jobs were created this month. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, speaks about the latest jobs numbers as well as specific economic and educational reforms that are trying — with mixed success — to remedy the situation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Progress in the Age of Obama

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel discusses the Obama administration, and her belief that, in the wake of the economic crisis and amidst challenges from the insurgent Tea Party movement, it will take more than one election and one person to reshape American politics. In The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama vanden Heuvel challenges the limits of political debate, arguing that timid incremental change and the forces of money and establishment power that debilitate American politics will be overcome only by independent organizing, strategic creativity, bold ideas, and determined idealism.

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The Takeaway

US to Review 300,000 Deportation Cases

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Some 300,000 deportation cases will be reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security starting Thursday in an effort to expedite the deportations of convicted criminals and stop non-criminal illegal immigrants from being removed from the country. The New York Times reports that in addition to the review of the court docket, Homeland Security will issue new guidelines instructing immigration enforcement agents to halt deportations of foreigners who have not committed serious crimes. The White House seeks to remove fewer immigrants who are students, parents of U.S. citizens, elderly, or members of the military. Over 400,000 illegal immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration.

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The Washington Report

Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the GOP Race for President

Monday, October 31, 2011

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, speaks to Kerry Nolan about Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the GOP race for president.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Expands Mortgage Assistance Program

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will try and expand HARP, the Home Affordable Refinance Program, to reach to at least one million more people. HARP was introduced in 2009 to help underwater borrowers refinance their mortgages. At the time the administration predicted HARP would help millions of homeowners. But after two and a half years, less than 900,000 homeowners have refinanced under HARP. New changes to HARP will make it possible for homeowners whose mortgages are severely underwater to participate.

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The Takeaway

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Lessons the US Should Take From Libya

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When Anne-Marie Slaughter joined the Obama administration as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's director of policy planning she became the first woman to hold the position. In February, Slaughter left the job as protests were beginning in Libya. Since leaving office, she's been very vocal about her concerns regarding the U.S. approach to Libya through blogging for The Atlantic, appearing on many news outlets, and maintaining an active presence on Twitter

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The Takeaway

Immigration Enforcement Detaining American Citizens in Error

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

According to new figures released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants for the third year in a row. Yesterday, The Takeaway spoke to Frontline correspondent Maria Hinojosa about an investigation into detention centers and deportation proceedings. She explained that some of the individuals picked up by immigration enforcement are, in fact, legal immigrants with green cards. 

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The Takeaway

Gilad Shalit and the Future of the Middle East

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. While Shalit may be on his way home, what the prisoner swap means for the future of the Palestinian leadership and the Middle East peace process is far from clear.

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It's A Free Country ®

Ron Suskind on the Education of a President

Thursday, September 22, 2011

He has trouble having people think ill of him because he’s being decisive. He is an essential actor of this era in American history, and for better or for worse, his evolution as an individual will also mirror or carry forward… the evolution of the country. He is the main guy.

— Author Ron Suskind, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

Solyndra a Scandal? What it Means for Obama and Green Energy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For me, a scandal would mean that you do it for your own personal self-interest, and although there's a lot of smoke out there, no one has proven yet that this was done for political purposes.

Joe Stephens of the Washington Post on The Brian Lehrer Show

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