Thursday, April 08, 2010
President Obama is in Prague today, where he signed the START Treaty along with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The treaty will reduce the number of nuclear warheads between the two countries by almost 40 percent, from 2,700 to 1,550.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
President Obama unveiled plans to expand oil and natural gas drilling off the coasts of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and north coast of Alaska, yesterday. If implemented, the move is expected to decrease the country's dependency on foreign fuels, please oil and gas companies and Republicans, but anger those on the left and environmental groups.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Obama later today, but the two leaders come to the table amidst growing tension. Can this meeting smooth the friction between them, given the long history between the U.S. and Israel? And how far can Obama push Israel to jumpstart peace talks with Palestine ... again?
Monday, March 22, 2010
Every Monday, we look ahead at the week's news, with our partners at The New York Times and the BBC. This week, Marcus Mabry of The Times, and Vladimir Hernandez of the BBC look at where health care reform is headed next; the effects of a visit to Haiti by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush; and the future of America's war on drugs as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Mexico.
Monday, March 15, 2010
It's Monday, which means that we're joined by Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, to look at what's ahead this week.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
- WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning made the news this week by holding up a bill for jobless benefits, payments for doctors, and a host of other programs. Last night he finally relented. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the fracas. We also get a preview of President Obama's health care speech today.
- LISTENER TAKEOUT: Yesterday, we looked at how we understand events through numbers. Listeners tell us their view on numerical storytelling.
Friday, February 26, 2010
After long hours of spirited debate, President Obama and Congressional lawmakers failed to reach any substantive compromises on health care legislation. Republicans were clearly frustrated with the president's proposals and repeatedly suggested scrapping the legislation and starting over again. Democrats insisted that was not an option because too much progress has already been made.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
President Obama's bipartisan health care summit begins later this morning, but the bickering started weeks ago. Arguments between Republicans and Democrats over what kind of table will be used, the seating arrangements, the frequency of coffee breaks and other minutiae are starting to take center stage even before the conversation about whether or how to reform health care.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
President Obama released a proposal for health care reform Monday that hewed close to the bill passed last year by the Senate. After watching months of rancorous debate in Congress, the White House is laying out the key points of the proposal in plain language. But will it be enough to get reform unstuck?
Monday, February 22, 2010
Our weekly look ahead at the news for the next seven days with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus from the BBC. This week: the fallout from a NATO air strike that killed a number of Afghan civilians; what's in store for Toyota executives as they face a grilling from U.S. lawmakers; and how Republicans are preparing to face President Obama at his health care summit.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
President Obama announced Tuesday that he approved a loan guarantee to underwrite construction of two new nuclear reactors in Georgia. These would be the first new reactors built in the United States since the 1970s. Will this be the start of a new wave of nuclear energy in this country?
Monday, February 15, 2010
It's our weekly look at the news to watch out for with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson, BBC political correspondent.
Takeouts: China is World's Top Exporter, President Obama's Surprise Press Conference, Listeners' Tips on Weight Loss
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
- Money Takeout: Yesterday, China unseated Germany’s long held position as the world’s top exporter. New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story analyzes the country's achievement and predicts what may be in store for its booming economic engine.
- Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich examines President Obama's unexpected press conference yesterday, where he made another call for bipartisanship on the Hill.
- Listeners Takeout: Listeners give us their tips on how to get healthy and stay in shape.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
President Obama has outlined a series of proposals to change No Child Left Behind, the controversial education law rolled out under the Bush administration. The proposals would shift the focus in schools from test scores to career- and college-readiness, and would eliminate the 2014 deadline for bringing every child to academic proficiency.
Monday, February 01, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency may begin an investigation into a series of facial birth defects among migrant farm workers in Kettleman City, California. If the EPA takes on the case, it will mark a sharp turn in the agency's attitude towards issues of environmental justice.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
President Obama delivered his State of the Union Wednesday night in the midst of his job approval rating being the most polarized of any first-year president. According to a recent Gallup Poll, there is a 65 percentage point gab between Democrats and Republicans. We turn to House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) for a Republican's take on President Obama's speech.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
President Obama delivered his State of the Union Wednesday evening addressing jobs, the economy, health care and more. For help analyzing his speech, we talk with former Clinton speechwriter Ted Widmer and our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
While political pundits are assessing what they think President Obama needs to do in his first State of the Union Address, we're taking a more grass-roots approach. Three talk show hosts share what their listeners want from the President's speech tonight, and true to form for talk radio, they're not afraid to speak their minds.