President Barack Obama

We welcome Pulitzer-prize winning biographer and associate editor of the Washington Post, David Maraniss, to the program and speak with him about Barack Obama: The Story.

For more on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health care reform, WAMC’S Brian Shields spoke with Vassar College economics professor Shirley Johnson-Lans, author of The Health Economics Primer, who says the upholding by the court of the individual mandate requiring those who can afford it to buy health insurance is the backbone of the Obama plan.

Just a day after the Supreme Court of the United States decided on two cases and a day before what is expected to be their ruling on President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform bill, today we’re looking at the Supreme Court’s caseload and we want your take on these recently released and upcoming decisions.

Joining us on this edition of Vox Pop with expert analysis is Union College Assistant Professor of political science (and WAMC “professor in residence”) Brad Hays. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

What led to the sudden change in President Obama’s itinerary last week in the Albany area? The president came to the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale science and Engineering, even though the original choice was GlobalFoundries’ plant in Malta in Saratoga County. At the time, the reason given for the change was “logistics,” but James Odato of the Albany Times Union is reporting today it was the Cuomo administration that lobbied for the venue change, he spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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