Political Junkie: Specter Switches, Obama's 100

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Penn. Senator Arlen Specter was a guest on Talk Monday. He told Neal Conan that he knew the polls look bleak, but that he was "working on a game plan" to stay in the senate.

Tuesday, the Republican became a Democrat. What does his switch mean for both parties?

Guests:

Ken Rudin, NPR's political editor and Political Junkie

Jon Delano, political analyst for KDKA TV, columnist for Pittsburgh Business Times, and contributing writer for Pittsburgh Magazine

Frank Donatelli, chairman of GOPAC, a republican political action committee

Anna Greenberg, senior vice president and principal for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and democratic pollster

Obama Gears Up For 100-Day Progress Report

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President Obama will mark his 100th day in office Wednesday with a prime-time news conference updating Americans on his administration's progress on the economy, health care and Iraq.

He plans to take to the airwaves at 8 p.m. EDT from the East Room of the White House.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday he would give the administration a B+ on its 100-day report card, adding that the president and his advisers are happy with the progress they've made.

"I think there's always room for improvement, but I think, largely, I think the president and the administration are pleased with what has been done in the first hundred days," Gibbs said at Monday's press briefing.

Gibbs cited the passage of the economic stimulus plan, improved flow of credit and increased financial stability as some of the administration's chief accomplishments.

Obama's first 100 days have been a whirlwind, with the new president acting quickly to make good on some campaign promises, tackle economic problems and signal changes in foreign policy. Some milestones in the president's first 100 days have been:

• Announcing that he would close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

• Passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus package

• Releasing a video message to the people of Iran

• Holding a town hall meeting at the White House and on the Internet

• Announcing deployment of 4,000 military trainers to Afghanistan

• Lifting restrictions on federally funded embryonic stem cell research

• Visiting Iraq

• Easing restrictions on Cuban-Americans' travel and remittances to Cuba

But Gibbs said the American people are not likely to spend a lot of time thinking about what has been done in the first 100 days because they are more concerned about seeing continued progress.

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