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Barack Obama: The Movie

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

There will be lights, cameras and red carpets in the Indonesian capital Jakarta this evening at the the opening of a new film based on President Obama's childhood. 

The film, "Obama, the Menteng Kid," a reference to the neighborhood he lived in, is the creation of Indonesian writer Damien Dematra who wrote a fictional novel on Obama's upbringing in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Jakarta. 

BBC correspondent Karishma Vaswani watched a sneak preview and tells us what she saw. (Watch the trailer after the jump.)

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McChrystal Out, Afghanistan Policy Unchanged. But is it Working?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

President Obama on Tuesday relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duties in Afghanistan, less than 48 hours after it was revealed that McChrystal and his aides made disparaging remarks about high-ranking members of the Obama administration to a freelance journalist from Rolling Stone. McChrystal will be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus. We want to know what you think. Should Gen. Stanley McChrystal have kept his job?

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A Military Perspective On Gen. McChrystal's Gaffes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal is in quite a pickle, after comments from him and his aides insulting Obama administration officials were published in Rolling Stone magazine, by writer Michael hastings, who spoke on our show yesterday:

"I was with General McChrystal when he checked his Blackberry, and he said, ‘oh no, not another email’ from Holbrooke, Richard Holbrooke, who’s the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. And then he said, ‘I don’t even want to read it.'"

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McChrystal Criticizes Pres: Will Heads Roll?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal is scheduled to meet with President Obama later this morning. The general will answer for comments made by him and his aides in a now infamous Rolling Stone profile. This morning the question on everybody's mind is, will those quotes cost the general his job? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been gathering reactions from the political class on Capitol Hill, and many of them are staying mum over what they think lies in McChrystal's future.

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Gen. McChrystal's Future: Uncertain

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal meets with President Obama today, as the fallout from a Rolling Stone article remains front and center in Washington. In his article, journalist Michael Hastings (who was on The Takeaway yesterday) quotes the general and his aides making disparaging remarks about various administration officials, including Vice President Biden and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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Gulf Coast Reacts to President's Oval Office Address

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

President Obama delivered his first prime time address from the Oval Office Tuesday evening, nearly 60 days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving an oil well gushing crude into the ocean. Thousands of Gulf-related jobs have been affected, including fisherman, restaurants and overall tourism in the region. An Associated Press poll shows 52 percent of Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of the crisis.

Join the conversation! Tell us what you hoped to hear, and share your reactions to the speech.

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Oil Spill Week in Washington DC

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This week Washington is all about oil. Along with testimony from BP CEO Tony Hayward before Congress, Americans will be able to watch President Obama's Oval Office address tonight; and the subject? Oil. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at President Obama's first Oval Office speech, and the upcoming Congressional gauntlet to be run by Tony Hayward.

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This Week's Agenda: BP to Eat Crow?

Monday, June 14, 2010

BP and the Gulf oil crisis are expected to be at the forefront of the news once again this week. President Obama will visit Alabama, Mississippi and Florida today and tomorrow, and address the nation when he gets back to Washington on Tuesday. 

BP's top executives will face Congressional hearings, including BP America chief Lamar McKay. Other oil industry executives – from Exxon, Chevron, Shell, and Conoco – are scheduled to sit before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday. The other oil companies are expected to try to distance themselves from BP by saying that this incident was preventable and that something like this would never happen on their watch.

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Is Obama Cracking Down on Whistle Blowers? The Pentagon Seeks Wikileaks Founder

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Pentagon is searching for Julian Assange, founder of the website Wikileaks, amidst concerns that the site could publish thousands of international cables from the State Department. The cables are allegedly part of a larger package of material given to Wikileaks by 22-year-old Army Specialist Bradley Manning. In late May police arrested Manning, an intelligence analyst in Iraq, accusing him of downloading confidential material from computers on his base and posting it to WikiLeaks.

We speak with Scott Shane, the National Security reporter for The New York Times. He says that while President Obama's administration was elected on a campaign of government transparency, it is actually following a doctrine of extreme media secrecy. Shane says Obama has, in two years, prosecuted more information-leakers than any other president in history.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in DC for Talks

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Obama today. Talks between the two leaders were originally scheduled to come on the heels of a meeting between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu cancelled those talks last week after Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound ship, killing nine activists.

 

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Douglas Brinkley on Louisiana's 'State of Distress'

Monday, June 07, 2010

Two disasters, two presidents, one city. Even though the Gulf oil spill hasn't directly hit New Orleans, it's hard not to think of the disaster in the context of the Hurricane that hit the same region five years ago. Historian Douglas Brinkley says its residents are in a state of "permanent stress." But, he says, he's more angry now because this disaster was man made. New Orleans is Brinkley's adopted home town and he assesses President Obama's response so far.

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The President's Ever-Growing To Do List

Friday, June 04, 2010

No one can deny that President Obama’s current “to do” list has grown dramatically of late, with each new item seemingly demanding higher precedence than the item before it. With two wars, unemployment, the Middle East Crisis and the oil spill, how does one person manage this kind of agenda?

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SpaceX Company Obama Administrations's Latest Hope for Space Travel

Friday, June 04, 2010

Today, or possibly tomorrow, the Falcon 9 rocket is slated for test launch at Cape Canaveral. When the 18-story rocket fires into orbit - or crashes into the ocean - it will be carrying no cargo, no astronauts, just one heavy load: Obama's hopes for space.

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Is the Gulf Oil Spill Obama's Katrina?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Amid criticisms about slow response times and an unclear chain of command, the question has been asked, "Is This Obama's Katrina?"  In a press conference yesterday - his first since the gulf oil leak five weeks ago - President Obama sent a clear message: I take responsibility.  This is my job.  And things should have moved faster.

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Mexico Reacts to America's Immigration Policies

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mexican President Felipe Calderon will address a joint session of Congress today, as he continues his visit to the United States. Yesterday he joined President Obama at the White House and spoke out against Arizona's recent immigration law.

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The Promise: Jonathan Alter on Obama's First Year

Monday, May 17, 2010

Barack Obama decided on the night he won the presidency to make comprehensive health care legislation his first priority. Not all of his aides agreed. "I begged him not to do this," his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, later told Jonathan Alter for his book, "The Promise: President Obama, Year One."

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Obama Sticks to Plan for Iraq Troop Drawdown Despite Obstacles

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Obama administration says the planned drawdown of 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq is moving forward on schedule. There are currently around 94,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and a September 1 deadline is looming large for American officials. This comes despite post-election violence across the country and delays in the formation of the Iraqi government.

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Unemployed ... and Obsolete?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Later today, President Obama heads to Western New York as a part of his “White House to Main Street” tour.

He is scheduled to tour Industrial Support, Inc. and talk with employees from the small manufacturing company in downtown Buffalo. This comes on the heels of Wednesday’s announcement by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) to unveil a long awaited energy bill that they hope will create millions of energy related jobs throughout the country. 

So while jobs are at the top of Washington’s agenda, the question we’re asking is: What happens to those people whose job skills are for positions or industries that are becoming obsolete?

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Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

Monday, May 10, 2010

Later this morning, President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The Senate confirmed her appointment to her current position last year, 61-39. Justice Stevens has long been a reliably liberal voice on the court and Kagan would likely continue that philosophy. If confirmed, she would be the third woman on the court and the first justice in nearly forty years who has not already served as a judge.

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New Arizona Immigration Law Concerns Some Local Police

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This weekend, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into a law a controversial bill that gives local police the power to check documentation of anyone they suspect to be an illegal immigrant. It has sparked a fierce political debate and enraged many in the Hispanic community. But it has also raised concerns over how local police officers will go about enforcing the law and whether it will lead to racial profiling. Others worry it will burden officers who are already busy addressing other crimes in the state.

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