government http://wamc.org en "America's Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph And Collapse" By Bill White http://wamc.org/post/americas-fiscal-constitution-its-triumph-and-collapse-bill-white <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>With insights gained from original scholarship and an unusual breadth of experience in finance and government, Bill White distils practical lessons from the nation's five previous spikes in debt. <em>America's Fiscal Constitution</em> is an entertaining and objective guide for people trying to make sense of the current and most dangerous debt crisis.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88849 at http://wamc.org "America's Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph And Collapse" By Bill White "Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination" By Philip Shenon http://wamc.org/post/cruel-and-shocking-act-secret-history-kennedy-assassination-philip-shenon <a href="http://philipshenon.com">Philip Shenon</a> is an investigative reporter formally with the New York Times, and author of the best selling book on the 9/11 Commission. His new book is an exposé on the warren commission in the aftermath following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago.<p>Ultimately it’s a work that begs the answer- what have we learned from the years between Dallas on November 22, 1963 and September 11, 2001 about communications between our most powerful government agencies.</p><p>His new book is <em>A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination</em>.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77695 at http://wamc.org "Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination" By Philip Shenon Paul Elisha: The Still Missing Magic Ingredient http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-still-missing-magic-ingredient <p>There’s no denying the heat of resentment that prodded America’s colonial rebellion to its ultimate break with British rule and the formation of a new system of governance, controlled and administered by an elected body of its citizens.&nbsp; In retrospect, however, and given the passage of several centuries for calmer contemplation, this should not condemn every aspect of the British system to infamy and avoidance.&nbsp; In fact, a thorough and unbiased study of our current system of governance, shows it lacking a mode of service not completely available within any of the three traditional branches of government into which ours is divided.&nbsp; Closer scrutiny reveals a glaring need for its addition.&nbsp; A Management Branch could well re-revolutionize the current United States triumvirate system of three governmental branches, all of which are held hostage to the insidious influence of the continuous cycle of elective politics.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:42:00 +0000 Paul Elisha 73785 at http://wamc.org Voting Booth Next Step for Pittsfield City Charter http://wamc.org/post/voting-booth-next-step-pittsfield-city-charter <p>When Pittsfield residents head to the voting booths in November, there will be an item on the ballot voters haven’t seen in the city in more than 80 years.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 72125 at http://wamc.org Voting Booth Next Step for Pittsfield City Charter "Democracy in Retreat" by Joshua Kurlantzick http://wamc.org/post/democracy-retreat-joshua-kurlantzick <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Journalist, Joshua Kurlantzick, joins us to talk about his book, <em>Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government</em>.</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61443 at http://wamc.org "Democracy in Retreat" by Joshua Kurlantzick "Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam" by Nick Turse http://wamc.org/post/kill-anything-moves-real-american-war-vietnam-nick-turse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Nick </span>Turse<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable.</span></p><p>His book is <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805086919/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0805086919&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0805086919" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59921 at http://wamc.org "Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam" by Nick Turse "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power" http://wamc.org/post/secretary-journey-hillary-clinton-beirut-heart-american-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As President Barack Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, set out to repair America's image around the world—and her own. For the four years she served, BBC foreign correspondent Kim </span>Ghattas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage. She tells the story in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59858 at http://wamc.org "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power" Question of the Day - Sequester? http://wamc.org/post/question-day-sequester <p>What do you make of the sequester?</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:20:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 59017 at http://wamc.org Government Might Be Given More Leeway in Clemens Trial http://wamc.org/post/government-might-be-given-more-leeway-clemens-trial <p>The judge in the Roger&nbsp;Clemens perjury trial may be on the verge of letting the government show the former pitcher&#39;s largely baseball-ignorant jury just how widespread steroids and human growth hormone were in the sport.</p><p>The move is one that Clemens&#39; lawyers would like to avoid, but may have brought on themselves.</p><p>Clemens is on trial for allegedly lying in a 2008 congressional deposition and hearing when he said he never used steroids or HGH.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 11:23:30 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 37983 at http://wamc.org Government Might Be Given More Leeway in Clemens Trial States Scaling Back Worker Pensions to Save Money http://wamc.org/post/states-scaling-back-worker-pensions-save-money <p>State governments have long lured workers with the promise of lucrative pensions that provide nearly the pay in retirement that employees earned on the job. But after years of budget crunches, nearly every state has revamped public retirement benefits in an effort to shrink the long-term obligations that are billions of dollars short of what is needed to cover benefits.</p><p>The moves have triggered a legal and political battle over whether states are reneging on their promises to millions of public-sector workers.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 11:13:56 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 37979 at http://wamc.org States Scaling Back Worker Pensions to Save Money