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WAMC News
7:59 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy
Credit Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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WAMC News
12:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Obama's second inauguration: What's the point?

The crowd at President Barack Obama's second inaugural address
Credit Sally Mairs

As the buzz surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration grew, so did talk over the point of celebrating the ceremony for a second time. Some asked whether this was a necessary tradition, or simply a costly affair that was inappropriate for such tough economic times.

Yet an estimated one million people chose to travel to the nation’s capital to see the ceremony on Monday—often standing from a distance where nothing could be seen—and those that I spoke with had no trouble explaining to me why the ceremony was important to them.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Wed January 23, 2013

"Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign" by Michael Hastings

    As we are just days into the second term of President Obama, we explore this morning the hard-fought closing months of the 2012 presidential campaign. Journalist Michael Hastings is the author of Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama's Final Campaign.

Hastings – BuzzFeed correspondent at large; Rolling Stone contributor; George Polk Award winner; and critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling author of The Operators – presents an in-your-face, on-the-ground, real-time, singular account of how the Obama campaign privately panicked and ultimately recovered after the President’s disastrous performance in his first debate with Mitt Romney.

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The Roundtable - Question of the Day
9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Question of the Day - President Obama's second term?

Yesterday in his second inaugural address, President Obama emphasized some of his priorities.

What are your hopes for President Obama's second term?

Vox Pop
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Inauguration Day : 1/21/13

President Barack Obama
Credit Nick Knupffer / Flickr

President Barack Obama was inaugurated today to his second and final term in office.

On this edition of Vox Pop we want to hear your take on the president’s second inauguration and what you hope a second Obama term will mean for the country.

Post your questions and comments below to have them read on-air. You can also post your questions on our Facebook page or tweet us @WAMCVoxPop.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

An Inauguration Day history lesson from Kenneth C. Davis

      As President Barack Obama readies for his second term, popular historian Kenneth C. Davis joins us with an Inauguration Day history lesson.

Davis is author of the “Don’t Know Much About History” series and his new book is Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents.

New England News
11:27 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Conn. Officials Welcome White House Gun Control Measures

Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials are welcoming President Barack Obama's sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence following the deadly shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, credited the president on Wednesday with taking "the critical first step" in making sure such a tragedy does not happen again. Malloy said the president has offered "common sense measures" that "we should all be able to agree on."

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Herbert London: Fascism In America

Herbert London

It is often argued by critics of the Obama administration that it is socialistic,  i.e. expanding governmental authority over the means of producing and distributing goods.  Alas, there is something to be said for this point of view.  As I see it, however, a more accurate way to describe the Obama government is corporatism or a political system in which the principal economic functions are designated and given favorable treatment.  The most appropriate way to assign meaning to this phenomenon is fascism.

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US News
4:27 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

'Fiscal cliff' standoff over, Obama back in Hawaii

President Barack Obama meeting with National Security Council chief of staff Denis McDonough on Dec. 29, 2009, in Kailua, Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — A week after rushing to Washington to help end a tense, end-of-year standoff with Congress, President Barack Obama is back in Hawaii for vacation.

The president's annual visit to the state where he was born and spent much of his childhood was interrupted as he and members of Congress contended with the unfinished business of the "fiscal cliff" crisis that threatened to throw the economy back into recession.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Fiscal Cliff : 12/19/12

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Fiscal Cliff : 12/19/12

The nation is fast approaching the so-called fiscal cliff, and after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut and the addition of gun policy to the legislative agenda, it’s unclear whether democrats and republicans will be able to make up their minds on anything before the end of the lame duck session.

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