Jonathan Alter is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories.
His new book, The Center Holds, tells the story of one of the most momentous contests in American history, the Battle Royale between President Obama and his enemies from the 2010 midterms through the 2013 inauguration.
Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter, Rosemary Armao.
Topics include: President Obama's national security address The IRS/tea party scandal The Boy Scouts of America allow gay scouts, but not gay scout masters Anthony Weiner comes back on the political scene
One of the most glaring effects of the sequester budget cuts was the furloughs of air traffic controllers, which led to delays for many travelers. After two days of heated debate, a bill to end those furloughs overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress on Friday.
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.