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.
Friday, October 01, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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."
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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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.