President Barack Obama

In my last commentary I reviewed the major elements of the Republican education platform. Since then, the Democratic Platform has been passed, a platform which addresses a number of policy areas dealing with both K-12 and higher education, and not surprisingly, reflects a number of programs begun during President Obama’s first term in office.   

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night with impassioned speeches by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your take on this political convention season – what do you make of the DNC thus far, what did you think of the RNC, and what do you think of the idea of party conventions in general? WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Today at 5 p.m., Democratic delegates from across the country will be called to order in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first evening of the Democratic National Convention, where on Thursday President Barack Obama will accept the party’s nomination and make his case for re-election.

The DNC follows last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, which concluded with a speech by GOP candidate Mitt Romney that some say gained him some ground with undecided voters.

Mitt Romney just tossed Medicare front and center into the presidential campaign with the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate. It is the most unexpected development yet in this political season.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your opinion on presumptive Republican vice presidential contender Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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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