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January 31 2014


January 29 2014


Pres. Barack Obama: 2014 State of the Union

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January 21 2014


Roman Mars on the Slate Political Gabfest Live in San Francisco

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, recorded live in San Francisco, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Roman Mars discuss who wins and loses in the latest budget deal, whether Obama can salvage an effective second term, and whether tech millionaires will drive everyone else out of San Francisco.

November 07 2013


Arguments For And Against Obamacare, Right Now

Rollout woes and beyond. A defender and a critic of Obamacare debate  the Affordable Care Act’s coming impact on America.


Sam Baker, health care correspondent for the National Journal. (@sam_baker)

Gail Wilensky, Senior fellow at Project HOPE. Former head of Medicare / Medicaid and senior health and welfare adviser to former President George W. Bush.

Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Key architect of Massachusetts’ health care reform, former technical consultant to the Obama Administration during the development of the Affordable Care Act.

From The Reading List

National Journal: The ‘Train Wreck’ May Have Happened – “A little over six months later, here we are. Contracts for public relations are on hold while contracts for HealthCare.gov are being extended to cover the site’s repairs. People are indeed confused about the law, and the botched rollout has contributed to that confusion. The specifics of Baucus’ prediction are holding up better than he—or Sebelius—probably want to acknowledge.”

Washington Post: Inside the Obamacare War Room, HealthCare.gov’s launch was chaos — “Mostly though, the war room notes underscore how significant it was that the federal government ended up running the majority of health law insurance marketplaces, and how that increased the Obama administration’s workload.Thirty-four states decided to either operate an insurance marketplace in partnership with the federal government, or leave the entire task to the Obama administration. That means, that in about two of every three states, its the people in the CCIIO War Room, and their colleagues, who are managing the back end of the exchange.”

New Yorker: Obamacare’s Three Percent – “But if the Web site isn’t working by the end of November, Gruber thinks the difficulties with A.C.A. implementation will escalate to DefCon 3. By that point, some people may not be able to sign up for a plan before January 1st, when health coverage begins for people who bought plans during the open-enrollment period that started on October 1st. ‘Those people whose plans are now being dropped would be screwed,’ Gruber said.”

October 18 2013


Week In The News: Shutdown, Senate Deal And ACA Struggles

Shutdown ends. Iran nuke talks.  Dry ice bombs at LAX.  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.


Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent for NBC News. (@KWelkerNBC)

Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill. (@BobCusack)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

National Review: McConnell’s Exit Interview — “This thing that passed the Senate, which, honestly, only maintained the status quo for a few more months, was better than what the House tried to pass and couldn’t pass, because it has a longer CR, which is what we wanted. That’s how challenging it is when you can’t get something more in line with what you’d like to achieve over here. So, my job is to acquaint our members, the best I can, with the reality of our situation, and try to get them to enable me to get us all out of the ditch—and my members weren’t happy being in a 16-day government shutdown and being a day away from rattling the markets by getting close to default.”

Washington Post: Government reopens after shutdown; Obama urges Congress to resist ‘extremes’ — “Obama called on Congress to resist ‘pressure from the extremes’ and ‘understand that how business is done in this town has to change.’ He urged lawmakers to pursue a ‘balanced’ long-term budget and pass comprehensive immigration reform and a new farm bill. And he delivered a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to federal workers as they return to their jobs. ‘What you do is important, and don’t let anybody else tell you different,’ he said.”

Christian Science Monitor: Why a little-noticed chat between the US and Iran is a big deal – “Rarely has there been a greater study in contrasts in Iran than now, as outbursts of familiar, fierce anti-American rhetoric – a staple since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution – are joined by the taboo-breaking surge of high-level US-Iran contact. But Iran experts note that Tehran’s new diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear issue should not be conflated with overcoming the far more challenging historical and ideological differences that have kept the US and Iran arch enemies for a generation.”

October 08 2013


A Global Summit In Asia (Without The United States)

The president of the United States is missing from a big summit of Asia-Pacific nations this week. China is happy to step in. We look at how the U.S. is doing in its pivot to Asia.


Indira Lakshmanan, senior correspondent for Bloomberg News covering foreign policy, former Asia Bureau Chief for The Boston Globe. (@Indira_L)

Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Program at the University of California-San Diego. (@IRPS)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Obama’s Absence Leaves China As Dominant Force At APEC – “The partnership, a major element of Mr. Obama’s pivot toward Asia, is intended to achieve open market access among the 12 participants, with the United States, Japan, Mexico and Canada as the major economies. The administration was hoping that the leader of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, would announce at the meeting that South Korea was ready to join the negotiations. But South Korean officials said Ms. Park would not make that declaration in Bali.”

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Seeks to Reassure Trade Partners After Obama Cancels Trip – “Mr. Obama has canceled major overseas visits to Asia in the past. In 2010 he called off trips to Indonesia and Australia amid a debate over health care at home and also the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last year, he skipped APEC in Russia because it clashed with the closing stages of the presidential election campaign.But his administration has repeatedly affirmed the U.S.’s commitment to building stronger ties in the region, often referring to America as a Pacific power.Mr. Kerry said scrapping the trip upended an opportunity to build Mr. Obama’s dialogues with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and China’s President Xi Jinping.”

AP: With Obama Out, Others Take APEC Stage, Sort Of – “For Obama, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was meant to be an opportunity to underline renewed U.S. attention to Asia as a counterbalance to China’s increased economic and military clout. But that message was undermined by the U.S. budget impasse and government shutdown forcing Obama to cancel his trip to Indonesia and three other countries. His absence was perhaps felt most by Indonesians who consider him one of their own after he spent part of his childhood growing up in the capital, Jakarta.”

September 10 2013


David Bromwich on Democracy and War with Syria | Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon

With David Bromwich, close-reader of the history unfolding before our eyes, I am looking for a bright side. We are having a national conversation, after all, about war, war powers, presidential authority, intervention. It could be a democratic moment to rejoice in. President Obama has asked the people through the Congress and the Constitution to join in a freighted decision on war and peace, and the country is responding. At the same time the president indicates he is ready to override the people’s skepticism and maybe a Congressional vote for restraint. The Nobel Peace Prize president is “Pleading for War,” in one Huffington Post headline. Mr. Obama is disappointed but not yet persuaded or moved by the anti-war consensus of the G-20 leaders, the almost-unanimous European Union, the United Nations Secretary General and the Pope. Professor Bromwich wonders, not alone and not for the first time, whether Americans have ever heard from President Obama a “consistent view” of his or our international role. “There’s something unhinged about the quality of the different voices we are hearing around the White House,” Bromwich is telling me. “I think the least you can say against President Obama right now is that he does not seem to be in control.” [...] Source: http://www.radioopensource.org/david-bromwich-on-democracy-and-war-with-syria/

September 09 2013


Sep 9, 2013 — Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner

August 10 2013


"Obama hatte keine andere Wahl" - Politikberater sieht keine Alternative zur | Interview | Deutschlandfunk

Für den Chef des Transatlantic Network, Andrew Denison, gab es für US-Präsident Barack Obama keine andere Option, als ein geplantes Treffen mit dem russischen Präsidenten Putin abzusagen. Nach dem Fall Snowden stehe Obama innenpolitisch unter erheblichem Druck. http://www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/interview_dlf/2208418/

July 27 2013


Jul 26, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis

June 25 2013


July 23 2011


Obama: I Want A Debt Ceiling Deal For My Birthday : NPR

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with President Barack Obama. He comments on the criticism his wife received for ordering a high-calorie meal, and shares his feelings about turning 50. http://www.npr.org/2011/07/22/138603439/obama-i-want-a-debt-ceiling-deal-for-my-birthday?ps=cprs

June 07 2011


Tim O'Reilly: Government 2.0

What can government learn from Google and the Web 2.0 explosion? Wikipedia, Amazon, Linux - the code behind every Google server - all derive their value from its users and their participation. How can government learn to harness this collective brain-power to solve our biggest challenges? Is 'direct democracy' no longer a dusty thousand year-old Greek ideal? TechGuru Tim O'Reilly discusses Gov 2.0.

June 03 2011


Can single individuals still shape history? The Case of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was one of America's most formidable and implacable enemies. And yet no one has written a serious assessment of his influence over world events in the last decade. Michael Scheuer; a former head of CIA's Osama bin Laden Unit provides an objective and authoritative portrait of bin Laden. Michael Scheuer was the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and remained a counterterrorism analyst until 2004. He is the author of many books, including Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terrorism. His latest book is Osama Bin Laden.

January 28 2011


TummelVision 50: Umair Haque on tummeling our way to a new kind of capitalism | Tummelvision

Umair Haque talks with Heather Gold, Kevin Marks, and Deborah Schultz about his book The New Capitalist Manifesto, the imbalanced state of the union, Silicon Valley's disruption deficit disorder, and much, much more.

August 27 2010


Third Paradigm: 3P-061 Wossamotta U

This show examines the university as the self-perpetuating goal of education. Reviews the NY Times article "Placing the Blame as Students Are Mired in Debt," the Washington Examiner article, "Higher Education's Bubble is About to Burst," and the book by Anya Kamenetz, DIY U. Cites statistics on drop-out rates, the cost/benefit ratio, and a jaundiced look at college from "The Economics of Education and the Education of an Economist." Reads the poems "When the Shoe Fits" by Chuang Tsu and "Straight Talk from Fox" by Mary Oliver. Reconsiders some conclusions from a survey showing Republicans are happier than Democrats. Questions whether Obama has been groomed for the job, in the same way as economic hit men. Read the show transcript while listening, and view our images, videos, and links on the Third Paradigm website: http://thirdparadigm.org/3p_061.php

August 03 2010


Exiting Iraq: Reflections

President Obama lays out plans to withdraw combat units from Iraq at the end of the month. We get a boots-on-the-ground perspective.

June 16 2010


Leadership, the Gulf, and Obama

President Obama addressed the nation on the Gulf oil spill crisis. We look at Obama’s speech and American priorities with top thinkers.
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