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Pentagon to Release Review of War Effort in Afghanistan

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Pentagon will release its highly awaited review of U.S. policy in Afghanistan today. Early leaks from the report indicate that some progress has been made in President Obama's stated goal of defeating al-Qaida in Afghanistan. But The Washington Post reports a high-level U.S. official says Pakistan is failing to pursue insurgents who cross the border into Afghanistan and then retreat into Pakistani territory. We talk to Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the former Pakistani ambassador to the U.K., for more on the story. 

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Jimmy Carter: Presidential Diary

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president and the author of White House Diary, talks about his days in the White House and his recent trip to North Korea.

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Obama Holds National Infrastructure Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2010

President Obama meets today with governors and mayors from around the nation to talk about “investing in America’s infrastructure.”

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Rahm's Legacy

Friday, October 01, 2010

Neera Tanden, chief operating officer at the Center for American Progress, reflects on Rahm Emanuel's tenure as White House chief of staff.

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Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to Leave White House

Friday, October 01, 2010

President Obama will announce the departure of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel later today. As the right hand man to the president, Emanuel championed Obama’s causes behind the scenes and brokered deals to push through legislation. But his wasn’t a flawless record. Critics argue that Emanuel’s pugilistic nature often attracted negative attention to himself, and that his focus on short term goals squandered some of the political capital the president carried into his first term.  

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Rahm, Thanks for the Memories!

Friday, October 01, 2010

Profane, cantankerous, polarizing, and strong-willed, he's perhaps the most out-sized personality to occupy the office of the chief of staff; and now, he's gone. Rahm Emanuel, who has been President Obama's right hand man for the last two years, is leaving his White House digs with his eye on the mayor's office in his hometown of Chicago. John remembers some of Rahm's best moments.

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Monday Morning Politics Roundup

Monday, September 20, 2010

Amy Walter, ABC News political director, and Susan Page, USA Today's Washington bureau chief, discuss the latest political news, including Elizabeth Warren's new appointment.

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Jimmy Carter: Presidential Diary

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president and the author of White House Diarytalks about his days in the White House and his recent trip to North Korea.

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President's News Conference

Friday, September 10, 2010

Charles Herman, WNYC business and economics editor, offers selections and analysis of President Obama's 11 AM news conference.

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President's Forum with Young African Leaders Begins Today

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

This year marks 50 years of independence for 17 sub-Saharan African countries and, partly to honor this milestone, President Obama is hosting a three-day forum in Washington, D.C. with approximately 120 "young African leaders."  The event kicks off today and ends Thursday.

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The Big Gig

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

John Schaefer likes the White House's new approach to live music.

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Listeners Respond: Firing Shirley Sherrod

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yesterday we spoke with Shirley Sherrod about her forced resignation from the USDA after an edited online video suggested she had withheld aid to a white farmer because he was white. Many listeners commented on the role of the media in this incident and the current state of the race discussion in the U.S., while a few said she deserved to be fired.

Mike from Denver writes on The Takeaway website:

"I'm concerned that this is becoming a new trend of retaliatory racism, where ultra-right wing conservatives in the media take snippets out of context that result in people wrongly losing their jobs."

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Finding the Right Home for an Obama Fundraiser in NY

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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WaPo's Jason Horowitz pulls the curtain back on the New York Democratic donor community and finds them not welcomed into the White House like they used to be:

After discussions with DNC representatives, [Marc] Lasry considered the event a done deal, so firm a date that the host confirmed to the city's biggest bundlers of political donations that the president had agreed to attend a 6 p.m. dinner. The guest list, the e-mail said, was limited to 40 so that each person would have face time with Obama.

But a DNC official, who wouldn't be quoted speaking about the private events, said that while Lasry's home was one of many options, his event was never confirmed. The White House, the official said, was always informed that Lasry was a potential host. The DNC then independently determined, according to the official, that the event should be held elsewhere.

Multiple sources within the donor community and the White House itself offered a different version. Their understanding: Political director Patrick Gaspard vetoed the idea as soon as it crossed the administration's radar.

 

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The White House Pastry Chef on Patriotic Desserts, Obama's Sweets

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This Fourth of July weekend, a lot of us will be eating hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and hamburgers. But when we’re done feasting on the char-broiled delicacies that have come to represent our nation’s independence, how should we finish it all off?

Bill Yosses has some suggestions. He’s the official White House Pastry Chef, and author, along with Melissa Clark, of a new cookbook called “The Perfect Finish.” Chef Yosses joins us live from the White House, where he gives us the scoop on everything from what he serves official visitors to the first family's favorite sweets.

Below, Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark's red, white and blue berry buttermilk bundt cake with orange glaze.

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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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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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White House Honors Former Beatle

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Last night, The President and First Lady Obama made the White House’s East Room center stage for a star-studded performance, in tribute to Paul McCartney.

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Washington Turns up the Heat on BP

Monday, May 31, 2010

Congressman Ed Markey, chairman of the House energy commitee, came out strongly yesterday against BP, accusing the oil company of under-estimating the leak in order to pay smaller fines. "I think that without question if the word criminal should be used in terms of an environmental crime against our country, what's going on in the Gulf of Mexico is going to qualify," Markey said on "Face the Nation."

Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner says some Democrats now expect President Obama to follow Markey's footsteps.

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Live Coverage: President Obama on the Oil Spill

Thursday, May 27, 2010

President Obama is releasing the White House’s 30-day safety review of deep-water drilling. Watch the coverage live here or click below for the audio. The announcement is expected to begin at 12:40 p.m. Eastern.

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Hamid Karzai Visits Washington to Warmer Welcome Than Last Meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in Washington today for a week of meetings with President Obama and other high-level U.S. officials. The tenor of this visit is vastly different from the last time the two leaders met when Obama flew to Kabul in late March to lecture Karzai on corruption in Afghanistan. 

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