President Barack Obama

The Roundtable
10:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

3/21/13 – Panel

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the NY SAFE Act on January 15, 2013.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Today’s panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf, WAMC's David Guistina, and State University of New York at Albany journalism professor and regular guest on WAMC's The Media Project Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today’s topics include:

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The Roundtable
10:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

3/20/13 – Panel

President Barack Obama, then a candidate for the nation's highest office, visited Sderot, Israel, pictured here with Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak on July 23, 2008. Today's trip to Israel will be Obama's first as president.
Credit David Katz/Obama for America

Today’s panelists are WAMC News Director Ian Pickus, WAMC Morning Edition host and producer David Guistina, and Schenectady Daily Gazette editor Judy Patrick. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today’s topics include:

  • Expectations of President Obama’s trip to the Middle East
  • Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun bill
  • The average wedding cost tops $28,ooo
  • Schenectady County Community College advancing a new degree program on casino gambling
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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Minimum Wage : 3/6/13

In his State of the Union Address last month, President Barack Obama called on congress to pass an increase to the federal minimum wage, raising it from its current rate $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour.

This week, House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, more than a dollar higher than Obama proposed.

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and California Representative George Miller say their bill, introduced yesterday, would boost the minimum by 2015, followed by automatic annual increases tied to changes in the cost of living.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:14 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Herbert London: The President’s Hard Authoritarianism

Herbert London - The President’s Hard Authoritarianism

For most of Barack Obama’s first term as president he talked passionately, if not persuasively, about the need for national unity. Even the Stimulus Bill – largely a laundry list of pent up Congressional desires – was described as a national effort to get the economy moving. His prime legislative initiative, Obamacare, was advertised as a way to extend medical coverage for those without insurance. Of course, it nationalized one-seventh of the American economy and set the stage for unprecedented government expansion. Although it may be premature to attach historical labels to the president’s first term, I think his record displays what might be called “soft authoritarianism.”

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Your reactions to the State of the Union : 2/13/13

Official portrait of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.
Credit Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term last night, outlining bold initiatives on reforming the nation’s high schools, immigration policy, economic development, and gun control.

Today we want to hear what you thought of the president’s remarks, and joining us with his reaction to the speech is WAMC’s own political observer, Dr. Alan Chartock. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Keith Strudler : President Obama and Football

President Barack Obama shakes hands with team captains center field shortly after tossing the coin at the start of the Army vs. Navy college football game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Saturday, December 10, 2011.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense / Glenn Fawcett

The President of the United States has some tough questions to answer.  And how he answers might determine what he can do over the next four years, whether he’s effective or lame-duck, an elitist or a man of the people.

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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?

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