election 2016

  The New York Times columnist  Maureen Dowd has covered Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton since the '90s.

Trapped between two candidates with the highest recorded unfavorables, Americans are plunged into The Year of Voting Dangerously. In this perilous and shocking campaign season, Dowd traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever.

Carl Hiaasen On Trump

Sep 12, 2016

  Carl Hiaasen is one of America's finest satirical novelists. His newspaper column is another side of the same talent, examining with a corrosive writer's eye the outrageous carnival of Florida and our world.

His weekly Miami Herald columns are written with the same dark humor and satirical edge as his novels Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather and the rest of Hiaasen's acclaimed fiction. Each week he proves that facts can indeed be stranger than the fiction they inspire.

Hiaasen has a new bestselling novel out, entitled Razor Girl. He will be our guest on this week’s Book Show.

Since its inception in 1985, Hiaasen's "baseball-bat-to-the-forehead" column has become enormously popular for its passionate conviction and willingness to confront powerful interests in pursuit of the public good.

  With less than 70 days to go in the election, debate is sure to ramp up this fall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he keeps having nightmares.

  If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, what will Bill Clinton do next?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays concludes his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention.

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A long-time state lawmaker from western Massachusetts known as the “Conscience of the House” is retiring from public service, and hoping to turn his seat in the Statehouse over to his son.

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Republicans are planning to pack nine caucus sites across Massachusetts to select delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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A 20-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges after authorities say he tweeted out a bomb threat during a Donald Trump rally Saturday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at a rally Sunday in Poughkeepsie while Chelsea Clinton speaks at events on both sides of the Hudson River.

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Former President Bill Clinton will make a handful of stops in New York today for his wife, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

  The Capital Region has been getting a rare glimpse of the presidential candidates.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s unsatisfied with Tuesday’s ballot options. 

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Capital Region on Monday.

  Democrats seem to be divided over the presidential race, but nowhere near the way Republicans are.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he expects Hillary Clinton to clinch the nomination. 

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A special committee of the state Senate today released a list of recommendations for lawmakers to consider should Massachusetts voters later this year approve a referendum legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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Iowa is in the rear view mirror as the presidential candidates focus on New Hampshire where the first-in-the-nation primary takes place next Tuesday. 

Springfield-based political consultant Anthony Cignoli has advised campaigns in New Hampshire in the past. He is not associated with any presidential campaign this year.  Cignoli spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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After almost a quarter-century as a Massachusetts state legislator, Democratic Representative Ellen Story of Amherst announced Thursday she will not seek reelection in November.

Story, who is 74, said her decision to retire is based largely on a desire to spend less time in Boston and the grind of travel between her home in Amherst and the Statehouse.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Story.

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  The Iowa caucuses are just around the corner.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why she thinks Hillary Clinton will be planning to move to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave one year from now.

  We just had an election day, but 2016 and 2018 loom in the distance.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his plans for a potential statewide race. 

  Without Joe Biden in the field, Hillary Clinton can breathe a sigh of relief.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that there’s still no such thing as a sure thing.

  Presidential politics might be getting most of the coverage, but there’s work to be done in the House as well.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  If Donald Trump is a flash in the pan, it’s an awfully long flash.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Trump’s continued polling success comes as a surprise. 

  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been drawing huge crowds on the hustings.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings discusses the progressive darling’s chances with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  From Bernie to Huckabee, the presidential field is getting crowded.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s too soon for him to make an endorsement.

Please note – this Congressional Corner segment also contains some discussion of former Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, Dean Skelos. This was recorded before Skelos resigned on May 11th.

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  New York Senator Chuck Schumer has a former colleague in the presidential field.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Schumer tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s for Hillary 100 percent.

4/29/15 Panel

Apr 29, 2015

  

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Topics include Baltimore Update, SCOTUS Gay Marriage Case, Bernie Sanders Runs for President, Nepal Update, Weather Extremes.

  The announcement was long expected, but still dominated political circles.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he supports Hillary for president.

3/30/15 Panel

Mar 30, 2015

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include Indiana Governor Mike Pence defends new religious freedom legislation; Germanwings Co-Pilot update; Boston Bombing Trial; Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley on Presidential race; Iran nuclear talks.

3/23/15 Panel

Mar 23, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include: IS Military Threat, Ted Cruz announces Presidential run, Governor Andrew Cuomo's biography by Michael Shnayerson, NCAA Sweet 16.

    Presidential politics can change in an instant.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss Chris Christie’s endangered national future.

    It may be early, but the 2016 horse race is already under way.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that primaries make the eventual nominee better.

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