Barack Obama

Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Politics of Sequestration and Fracking in NY : 3/5/13

President Barack Obama talks with Congressional leaders prior to the Rosa Parks statue unveiling ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Pictured, from left, are: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Assistant Democratic House Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Credit Pete Souza/Official White House Photo

Today we are discussing two hot topics – how the so-called sequester could affect the 2014 midterm elections, and fracking in New York.

The budget cuts known as sequestration took effect last Friday, and while the overall effects of the cuts on national and local economies and government efficiency have yet to be realized, the effect of the cuts on the national political landscape may be coming into focus this week.

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US News
8:37 am
Mon January 21, 2013

What Now? Obama Leads Polarized Government Into Second Term

As a second-term president, Barack Obama necessarily generates less excitement than he did as a newcomer. Above, flags flew during his 2009 inauguration.
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Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:41 pm

Feelings of hope and change have mostly faded.

The country is in better shape than it was when Barack Obama became president four years ago. The economy is no longer in free fall, and the nation has for the most part extricated itself from seemingly endless wars abroad.

Yet as Obama prepares to enter his second term, there seems to be less optimism about his ability to address the nation's problems than was the case when he first entered the White House.

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US News
7:18 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Crowds Begin Converging On Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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US News
2:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

Jack Lew has been nominated to be the next Treasury secretary.
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Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 2:57 pm

  • President Obama announces nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury

Saying he "cannot think of a better person" to take the job, President Obama this afternoon formally announced he is nominating Jacob "Jack" Lew, his chief of staff, to be the next Treasury secretary.

Word of Obama's decision to tap Lew, who previously served as budget director in the Obama and Clinton administration, broke Wednesday.

"Jack has my complete trust," Obama said.

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Politics
8:01 am
Thu January 10, 2013

In picking Lew, Obama turns a page at Treasury

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's likely nominee for Treasury secretary, Jack Lew, is a premier federal budget expert, an administration insider also known as a tough bargainer.

If confirmed by the Senate, Lew would take the helm of the government's main agency for economic and fiscal policy just as the administration girds itself for a new confrontation with congressional Republicans over debt and deficits.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:37 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Herbert London: Politics As Culture

In Jacques Barzun’s masterwork on cultural history he describes modernity as decadent.  Pitirim Sorokin’s narrative of contemporary society includes sensate culture, a belief that the senses are superordinated over ideas and beliefs.

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