Politics

The presidential election is expected to be a toss-up. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that swing states like Florida and Ohio will be important as in past contests.

Many politicians nationwide have extolled railroad expansion as a possible boon to the economy. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Western Massachusetts is benefitting from new rail projects.

Six months from now, the fall elections will be in the rearview mirror. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he hopes to remain in the House of Representatives even as his district shifts to the west.

Massachusetts is in the midst of a Senate race receiving national attention. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are neck-and-neck.

Massachusetts is Mitt Romney’s home base, but the commonwealth is likely to go for Obama this fall. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the presidential race will be a nail-biter.

Candidates are scrambling to get to know the new Congressional districts ahead of decisive primary elections. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that fundraising remains key for any serious candidate. 

George H.W. Bush in 1992 was the last president to lose his re-election campaign. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Republicans are banding together to win in the fall, but are willing to work for all Americans.

Gas prices are always a hot electoral issue. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that all Americans win when prices at the pump fall.

Jobs and the economy are emerging as the key issues in the 2012 campaign. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Nan Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that several steps should be taken to empower employers.

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Manhunt

May 3, 2012

A year ago Tuesday, Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces inside a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The decade-long search for bin Laden is detailed in a new book by CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen. The name of the book is Manhunt. Bergen is one of the first Americans to ever interview the al-Qaida leader. In Manhunt, he outlines how U.S. national security officials pored over thousands of clues before zeroing in on where bin Laden and his family members were living.

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By 2013, stalwart Senators Joseph Lieberman and Christopher Dodd will represent a past generation in Connecticut politics. In today’s Congressional Corner, Rich Clark of the Castleton State College Poll tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the race to replace Lieberman could go either way.

Aired 5/2/2012

Howard Wasdin is a former member of the elite SEAL Team Six and we welcome him and talk with him about his experiences and book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an elite Navy SEAL Sniper.

Aired on 5/2/2012

It’s a busy election season in Vermont. In today’s Congressional Corner, Rich Clark of the Castleton State College poll tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that while Vermonters aren’t afraid to toss incumbents, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch are likely to hold their seats.

Vermont maintains a fiercely independent political identity. In today’s Congressional Corner, Rich Clark of the Castleton State College poll tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Green Mountain State prides itself on its free-thinking voters.

We welcome Zach Wahls and speak with him about his book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family .

The globe’s hotspots range from the Middle East to Africa to Asia. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson — a Democratic candidate for New York’s new 18th Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Nan Hayworth — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. must be wise in its overseas entanglements.

The Congressional primary season is ramping up. In today’s Congressional Corner, Tuxedo Park Mayor Tom Wilson — a Democratic candidate for New York’s new 18th Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Nan Hayworth — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks the district needs a mayor as representative.

We speak with Ron Reagon about his book, My Father at 100, now out in paperback.

The redistricting process has incumbents scrambling to meet their new constituents before the November election. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his gigantic district has shifted to include several new counties.

The never-ending tax debate has some new nomenclature. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the so-called Buffett Rule is a matter of common sense.

Eboo Patel, one of the leading voices for cultivating greater understanding and acceptance of diverse faith backgrounds on college campuses, will speak Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel at Union College. More information here.

A few politicians are eager to put their money where their mouth is. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that returning some of his office’s budget to the Treasury was the right decision.

Robert Hardman discusses his book, Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth II and her Court.

The Capital Region is set to bid farewell to several prominent state legislators. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he isn’t ready to join them on the sidelines just yet.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by retiring New York State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari, a Democrat who has represented the 106th District since 1989. They discuss Canestrari’s decision to step aside, campaign finance reform, and the state of ethics.

 

A renewed push from the White House has put fresh focus on tax policy reform. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the so-called Buffett rule is fair.

WAMC

            After almost two years of lobbying, a band of liberal political activists have persuaded Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal to endorse some of their legislation.. This as the veteran congressman faces a Democratic primary challenge in a newly drawn district.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

When politicians are in their home districts, time spent with constituents is invaluable. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that elected office keeps from taking much time off.

We welcome Kevin Alterman and discuss his book, The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

 

Former federal prosecutor Julian Schreibman is seeking the Democratic line in New York’s new 19th Congressional district. In today’s Congressional Corner, Schreibman tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is proud of the state legislature’s gay marriage vote last summer.

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