President Barack Obama

    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.

7/2/13 - Panel

Jul 2, 2013

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and newsman, Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Egypt
Rain Rain Go Away
Forest/Wild Fires
Obama’s Climate Change Speech

6/17/13 - Panel

Jun 17, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's President and Political Observer, Alan Chartock and WAMC News Director, Ian Pickus. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
New Obama Poll
Apple Requests
Composting in NYC
Media Conflicts
Bullying Siblings

5/24/13 - Panel

May 24, 2013

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

5/20/13 - Panel

May 20, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Obama Poll
Student Debt
Yahoo buys Tumblr
IG report: Work of rogue tax squad sloppy at best
Sampson earmark missing

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.

4/17/13 - Panel

Apr 17, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The latest from Boston
• What we Know and Don’t about Bombings
• Obama’s Cautious Approach
• Ricin Letter to Senator

3/21/13 – Panel

Mar 21, 2013
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:

3/20/13 – Panel

Mar 20, 2013
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

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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