Politics

What can we do to make it easier for third party candidates to get on the ballot?

Today we’re talking freedom – which, according to the dictionary, can mean exemption from external control, the power to determine action without restraint, or national independence.

That leads us to Independence Day, celebrated tomorrow on the Fourth of July, a day when we, as Americans, are supposed to celebrate our freedom as afforded by our fore fathers with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

The immigration debate entered a new era with President Obama’s recent executive order. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the decision was a smart one.

 

Election season has only sharpened the country’s political rhetoric. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Congress is a dysfunctional body.

The student loan debate is headed for a critical showdown on Capitol Hill. In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that interest rates must be kept from doubling.

Tomorrow’s primary election will clear up a muddled Congressional field. In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Patrick Maloney — a Democratic candidate for New York’s new 18th distrct seat currently held by Republican Nan Hayworth — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country should return to Clinton-era fiscal policy.

According to an Associated Press-GfK poll when it comes to the economy, half of Americans say it won't matter much whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins.

What do you think?

More on the poll here.

Next week’s primary is rapidly approaching. In today’s Congressional Corner, Sean Patrick Maloney — a Democratic candidate for New York’s new 18th distrct seat currently held by Republican Nan Hayworth — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his experience in the Clinton White House will serve him well in Congress.

We welcome Jesse Ventura back to the show and talk with him about his latest book, DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government.

Student loans have become a major election season issue. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that partisan gridlock is to blame for the delay in solving the interest rate debate.

The 2012 election has only worsened partisanship in Washington. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is hoping for increased cooperation across the aisle in the coming months and years.

President Obama’s recent executive order on immigration rocked Washington. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the new laws will influence the agriculture business in the North Country.

Governor Scott Walker recently survived his recall election in Wisconsin. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the recall is not a national bellwether.

Kinky Friedman joins us in Studio A prior to his show at The Linda tonight. In the second part of the interview, we're joined by Dr. Amy Love and Brian Molnar, musicians who are traveling with Kinky.

The Citizens United ruling has changed the electoral picture. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Supreme Court has tacked to the right in recent decades.

The Clinton question is looming over the presidential election. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the relationship between President Obama and former President Clinton remains fragile.

We welcome David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, and speak with him about his new book, Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.

President Obama’s same-sex marriage endorsement was a landmark moment for gay rights. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he doesn’t see such social issues as national concerns.

As in 2008, there is chatter about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joining the Democratic ticket. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he isn’t privy to high-level discussions about how to beat former Governor Romney.

The election season is well underway — from the White House on down. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that getting to know his new district has been a major undertaking.

The upstate New York economy is always a concern. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that President Obama’s recent visit to the region is a sign that the area is building an important reputation.

The G-8 summit was largely about the roadmap in Afghanistan. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s crucial to avoid new foreign entanglements when at all possible.

The upcoming anniversary of D-Day is a somber affair. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative and Army Colonel Chris Gibson speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock about the crucial American victory.

Mitt Romney and President Obama get most of the attention, but it’s a full ballot this fall. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the GOP threatens the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Budget negotiations have become ground zero for partisan standoffs. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that bipartisan agreement in the House is a rarity when it comes to spending.

The Real Crash

May 22, 2012

We speak with Peter Schiff about his new book, The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy---How to Save Yourself and Your Country.

Segment from the audio book courtesy of Macmillan Audio.

President Obama recently visited Albany, his third trip to the Capital Region since taking office. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the high-profile event means New York’s tech industry is attracting national attention.

We welcome Ian Bremmer, founder and president of Eurasia Group, and speak with him about his book, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World

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