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A New 60 Words?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Last week President Obama put a draft of a new AUMF authorizing force against ISIL in front of Congress. 
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WNYC News

In SOTU, Obama Aims to Influence 2016 Debate

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The president is expected to focus on big election topics like income inequality and middle-class economic issues in tonight's speech, rather than setting a Congressional agenda.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Obama Place in History

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What will President Obama's place in history be when it's all said and done? New York Magazine tackled how the future will assess our present in a sweeping new project.

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WNYC News

Hagel Resigning as Defense Secretary

Monday, November 24, 2014

Senior officials confirm the only Republican in Obama's cabinet will step down.

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WNYC News

City Gears Up For Obama Action On Immigration

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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The de Blasio administration is planning a citywide campaign to help city residents take advantage of the new programs President Obama will announce Thursday.

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Two Years of Working on the Books and Avoiding Deportation

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In New York and New Jersey, 44,000 immigrants have applied for a reprieve from deportation and work permits under President Obama's DACA program.

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The Takeaway

Has President Obama Done Enough for Minorities?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Some African-American leaders feel that President Obama has done next to nothing for their community — or even made things worse. But is it too late now to change course?

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Studio 360

Brian Williams Raps, Game of Thrones Maps, and More

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Also, the ultimate Game of Thrones nerd makes an interactive map, and a light show in the sky.

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Money Talking

As Job Growth Lags, CEO Pay Reaches New Heights

Friday, April 18, 2014

It's been seven years since the financial meltdown, and more than 10 million people are still out of work across the country. Money Talking asks why CEO pay continues to rise as the economy limps along. 

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WNYC News

Record Deportations Put Pressure on Obama

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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The Obama administration has deported more illegal immigrants than than any other administration in U.S. history. Now advocates are turning up the heat. 

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Obama Builds on Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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President Obama plans to draw from one of Mayor Bloomberg's signature initiatives to ensure young men of color have access to more economic opportunity.

The former mayor will be at the White House Thursday when Obama makes the official announcement.

The new national program is based on Bloomberg's Young Men's ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Lobbying Behind the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for a hike in the minimum wage. Now the lobbying efforts - for and against - are underway. Eric Lipton, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, discusses his reporting on a few key groups trying to win the public relations battle.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama, Reagan, the Stock Market, and Twitter IPO

Thursday, November 07, 2013

President Obama recently surpassed Ronald Reagan's record for stock market gains made while in office. The S&P 500 shows a 120% rise, beating the 118% gain made during Ronald Reagan's presidency, and catching up to President Clinton's 220% record. Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek discusses the economy during the Obama tenure and how it compares to Reagan-era economics.

Then, Tim Carmody, technology, business, and culture writer, and former senior writer at Wired, joins Roben to discuss today's Twitter IPO and what it could mean for the user experience and for the tech sector generally.

 

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The Takeaway

G-20 Summit in Russia Tests Relations Between Obama and Putin

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today marks day one of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, and the crisis in Syria will be hard to ignore due to the lingering tension between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Joining us to explain is Edward Lucas, international editor of The Economist and author of “Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West.”

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Transportation Nation

White House Infrastructure Plan Shifts Focus from New Building to Repair

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

President Barack Obama's new $50 billion infrastructure plan -- a remarkably consistent number he's pushed several times before -- has a twist.  This time, the President wants to prioritize fixing roads and bridges over building new ones, which has been the previous focus of most U.S. government transportation spending.

"The new plan focuses on 'fix-it-first,'  according to a U.S. DOT spokesman, "prioritizing the most crucial repair projects that we can fix right away to keep our economy moving. "

In his state of the union speech, the President raised the specter of 70,000 structurally deficient bridges.  That's not a new number--nor does it mean those bridges are in danger of imminent collapse--but it's an alarming one.

President Obama has long argued for infusions of infrastructure spending to jump-start the economy, and to, um, pave the way for a more economically secure future.

But Congress hasn't passed any of them, and now Washington is deeply mired in strategies to avoid the cuts brought on by the so-called "sequester," a provision of the 2011 debt deal.

"The more the President talks about 'fix-it-first,' the better," said Phinneas Baxandall of U.S. PIRG.

Fifty billion dollars, by the way, is just about the same amount Congress just approved to fix damage caused by storm Sandy.

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Schoolbook

Details Emerge on Obama's Early Education Proposal

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Nobel-Prize-winning economist who has studied the effects of early childhood education for decades weighs in on President Obama's proposal to expand early education for children ages 0-5 years. And the White House released its fact sheet on the proposal.

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Reinventing High School Requires Partners

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An advocate for expanded learning time says redesigning high school, as President Obama called for in his State of the Union speech, relies on strong outside partners.

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Schoolbook

Obama's Shout Out to P-Tech Highlights Associate Degree Model

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The founding principal of P-TECH in Brooklyn said he is grateful President Obama mentioned the school in his State of the Union speech, and hopes it will prompt the creation of more early college high schools.

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The Takeaway

Obama Lays Out Vision for Middle Class

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Last night, President Obama described his vision for the United States over the next four years. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich analyzes the president's speech.

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Transportation Nation

BREAKING: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: I'm Out

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Secretary LaHood (photo by Martin Di Caro)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is leaving his post, ending a term where he caught transportation advocates, Republicans and Democrats alike off-guard by his spry push for safety, high speed rail, and a broad view of transportation systems.

“I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation,” LaHood said in an email to staff Tuesday morning (full text below.) “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Department, and I am grateful to President Obama for giving me such an extraordinary opportunity. I plan to stay on until my successor is confirmed to ensure a smooth transition for the Department and all the important work we still have to do.”

“Every American who travels by air, rail or highway can thank Ray for his commitment to making our entire transportation system safer and stronger," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Peoria, was one of President Obama’s final appointments in his first cabinet, adding an “R” to diversify his cabinet. At the time, LaHood was little known outside his district, and no one expected him to make many waves.

Those people were wrong. “You — you’re the best thing that happened,” Senator Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, once remarked to LaHood, who vigorously and unsuccessfully tried to save the ARC tunnel – an under-Hudson rail tunnel killed by Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“When they said it was going to be a Republican taking this job, I thought we had a Democrat who later on thought he was a Republican,” Lautenberg said. But New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer interjected as the three made small talk before an event at New York’s Penn Station. "No, he gets along with everybody." Schumer credited former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel -- now Mayor of Chicago -- with LaHood's appointment, a fact LaHood confirmed.

As the Tea Party’s ascendency in Congress made even highway spending a matter of caution, LaHood pushed forcefully for a federal role in infrastructure spending.

He tangled repeatedly with Congress on high speed rail and shutting down the FAA. An avid cyclist, LaHood once jumped on a table at a Washington, DC bicycle conference to emphasize his enthusiasm for cycling as transportation. A Buick driver, LaHood was especially passionate in his anti-distracted driving campaigns, pushing back not only against texting but also against shaving and applying make-up while driving. He was known to take immediate action if he witnessed distracted driving. "What I've been doing is kind of honking at somebody if I see him on a cellphone," he once told a local DC radio station.

LaHood shepherded through spending on high speed rail, stimulus funding, and innovative transportation projects like bus rapid transit.  But he and the Obama administration were unsuccessful in convincing Congress to expand high speed rail and infrastructure funding.  He also failed in convincing NJ Governor Chris Christie to save the NJ Transit tunnel under the Hudson.

LaHood, blunt, and candid, was a favorite among journalists for his propensity to speak frankly into a microphone, sometimes to the consternation of his own staff. He also answered questions from the public in his "On the Go" video chats -- two of which he did especially for Transportation Nation readers. (Watch them here and here.)

No word yet on a replacement.

The Secretary sent the following email to DOT employees across the country, informing them of his plans:

“I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Department, and I am grateful to President Obama for giving me such an extraordinary opportunity. I plan to stay on until my successor is confirmed to ensure a smooth transition for the Department and all the important work we still have to do.

As I look back on the past four years, I am proud of what we have accomplished together in so many important areas. But what I am most proud of is the DOT team. You exemplify the best of public service, and I truly appreciate all that you have done to make America better, to make your communities better, and to make DOT better.

Our achievements are significant. We have put safety front and center with the Distracted Driving Initiative and a rule to combat pilot fatigue that was decades in the making. We have made great progress in improving the safety of our transit systems, pipelines, and highways, and in reducing roadway fatalities to historic lows. We have strengthened consumer protections with new regulations on buses, trucks, and airlines.

We helped jumpstart the economy and put our fellow Americans back to work with $48 billion in transportation funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009, and awarded over $2.7 billion in TIGER grants to 130 transportation projects across the Nation. We have made unprecedented investments in our nation’s ports. And we have put aviation on a sounder footing with the FAA reauthorization, and secured funding in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act to help States build and repair their roads, bridges and transit systems.

And to further secure our future, we have taken transportation into the 21st century with CAFE Standards, NextGen, and our investments in passenger and High-Speed Rail. What’s more, we have provided the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with the funding and leadership it needs to prepare a new generation of midshipmen to meet our country’s rapidly-evolving defense and maritime transportation needs.

Closer to home, we also have made great strides. In December, the DOT was recognized as the most improved agency in the entire Federal government in the 2012 “Best Places to Work” rankings published by the Partnership of Public Service. Even more impressive, DOT was ranked 9th out of the 19 largest agencies in the government.

Each of these remarkable accomplishments is a tribute your hard work, creativity, commitment to excellence, and most of all, your dedication to our country. DOT is fortunate to have such an extraordinary group of public servants. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you as the selection and confirmation process of the next transportation secretary moves forward. Now is not the time to let up - we still have a number of critical safety goals to accomplish and still more work to do on the implementation of MAP-21.

I’ve told President Obama, and I’ve told many of you, that this is the best job I’ve ever had. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with all of you and I’m confident that DOT will continue to achieve great things in the future.

Thank you, and God bless you.”

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