September 1, 2011 If manners maketh the man, then speeches can offer a rare glimpse into the true nature of our political candidates. Foreign Policy's David Rothkopf thinks that Mitt Romney's remarks indicate a force to be reckoned with.
August 31, 2011 Is Libya's uprising worthy of emulation this early in the game? The Nation's Robert Dreyfuss doubts it. While the powers that be debate the next steps for Syria, it set a precedent for the rest of the Middle East.
August 31, 2011 In the tumult of rebellion across Africa and the Middle East, does Libya lead the pack? Lee Smith of The Weekly Standard contemplates the international posturing of Syria against the background of upheaval—and what it can learn from Libya in its relation with the U.S.
August 29, 2011 Major storms like Hurricane Irene often bring with them political consequences. Over the last few days, politicians from the president on down to local mayors, have been showing up on the airwaves.
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August 27, 2011 This week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke slammed political gamesmanship and one Republican on the congressional supercommittee suggested that tax breaks on everyday Americans could be allowed to lapse. Host Laura Sullivan speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about these stories and others.
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Libyans show their support for the rebellion after Friday prayers near Green Square in Tripoli.
August 27, 2011 For the first time in more than four decades, Libyans have the opportunity to create a government on their terms. Even though Egypt and Tunisia have reached those crossroads, Libya may be set up for a more successful outcome.
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August 26, 2011 Robert Siegel discusses this week in politics with David Brooks of The New York Times and Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor for Grio.com — an NBC News site focused on the African-American community.
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August 20, 2011 The "West Memphis Three" — the men convicted of killing three young boys in West Memphis, Ark. — were freed Friday. Guest host Laura Sullivan talks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how the odd legal maneuver that led to their freedom and about the week's other big stories.
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August 19, 2011 Robert Siegel talks with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and Ross Douthat, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, about this week's events.
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August 19, 2011 Rep. Michele Bachmann is getting plenty of attention in her run for the GOP presidential nomination. Conservative columnist Reihan Salam tells Renee Montagne the comparisons between Bachmann and Republican star Sarah Palin are inevitable.
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August 17, 2011 Obama is preparing the ground to run a do-nothing Congress. He will propose, congressional Republicans will dispose, as in discard, and he will be able to accuse them of thwarting policies that could change the lives of millions of Americans for the better.
August 17, 2011 Score one for Obama. It's good to see a president who's willing meet his grass-roots critics. Of course, the question is would he as willing if he had a 65 percent public approval rating. And score one for the Tea Party activists who weren't so cowered by the aura that surrounds a president as to decide in the end to just settle for a handshake. That's what democracy looks like.
A trader reacts after the close of trading in the Nasdaq 100 Index pit on the floor of the CME Group on Aug. 8 in Chicago. Stocks plummeted after Standard & Poor's downgraded U.S. debt.
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August 17, 2011 When Standard & Poor's recently lowered the U.S. government debt rating for the first time in history, it set off a firestorm of criticism, from the Obama administration to Wall Street. The downgrade raised questions about the influence of S&P and other agencies, which also faced blame in the financial crisis of 2007-'08.
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August 13, 2011 This past week, Congress selected the 12 members of its "supercommittee" to slash the federal budget by the end of November. Host David Greene speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about the potential dangers of treating the federal budget the way families treat their own budgets.
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August 13, 2011 Thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act, the first major tax cut during his presidency. Guest host David Greene talks with Reagan historian Douglas Brinkley about the act's legacy and how it still affects American discourse on taxation.
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