December 1, 2013

Former Democratic Senate leader Alan Dixon says his party better start fixing Obamacare right away. Fabio Rojas, an expert on social media, says he can predict congressional elections by monitoring Twitter. And David Bergeron, a higher-education policymaker, has a series of student loan reforms in mind.

  • Dec. 1, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013 Politics this week -- former Senator Alan Dixon on Obamacare, Professor Fabio Rojas on Twitter as a predictor of elections, and education expert David Bergeron on the politics of student loans.
  • Alan Dixon Alan Dixon Alan Dixon was a senator from Illinois for two terms and was chief deputy whip for the Democrats. Well known as a moderate, he has some harsh words for both parties and calls on congressional Democrats to fix Obamacare.
  • Fabio Rojas Fabio Rojas Indiana University professor Fabio Rojas studies politics and social media. And he believes that Twitter activity can predict the outcome of close House elections.
  • David Bergeron David Bergeron Finally, higher education expert David Bergeron of the Center for American Progress has a plan to firm up the national student loan program. The place to start is choosing where to go to college in the first place.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Coke's Conspiracy against tap water.

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November 17, 2013

First, we talk about a fascinating species of political animal – the Republican Party. Professor Geoffrey Kabaservice has written a history of the GOP since Eisenhower and says its moderate wing is pretty much extinct. Democratic political analyst Erica Seifert has conducted focus groups of Republicans and predicts that their takeover by extremists marginalizes the party’s national appeal. And Bill Press, along with Chris Moody of Yahoo News, interviews Jess McIntosh, communications director of EMILY’s List about Project Madam President.

  • November 17, 2013 November 17, 2013 As a political animal, the Republican Party’s moderate wing is extinct. Interviews with political experts Geoffrey Kabaservice and Erica Seifert about the future of the GOP. And Bill Press interviews a leader of EMILY’s List.
  • Geoffrey Kabaservice Geoffrey Kabaservice Historian Geoffrey Kabaservice has studied Republican moderates of the past – and they include people named Cheney and Rumsfeld – and traces the party’s history to its present state. And, he says, the moderate wing of the Republican party is dead and gone.
  • Erica Seifert Erica Seifert After a series of focus groups, Erica Seifert finds that while the Tea Party and the evangelicals of the party are, indeed, extremists, they are not the Republican fringe. They are the majority of the party, and that bodes ill for the GOP’s future.
  • Jess McIntosh Jess McIntosh Bill Press and his guest, Jess McIntosh, spokeswoman for EMILY’s List.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Big lies win pyrrhic GMO victory for Big Food.

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November 3, 2013

It is three years until the next presidential election, but not too early to start handicapping it. Could it be the year for a woman president? Author Marianne Schnall thinks so. Democratic analyst Elaine Kamarck has some advice for Republicans – start speaking to a majority of the American people. And Bill Press interviews Eleanor Smeal, president of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.

  • Nov. 3, 2013 Nov. 3, 2013 Is it time for a woman president? Feminist author Marianne Schnall thinks so. How permanent is the House GOP majority? Not very, says Democratic strategist Elaine Kamarck. And Ellie Smeal talks about women’s issues at the state level.
  • Marianne Schnall Marianne Schnall A feminist author, Marianne Schnall, interviewed hundreds of women to find out what obstacles stand in the way of a female becoming president. The answer? Nothing.
  • Elaine Kamarck Elaine Kamarck A year from the midterm congressional elections, Democratic analyst Elaine Kamarck notes that there is nothing permanent about a majority in the House in the face of large demographic trends.
  • Eleanor Smeal Eleanor Smeal Bill Press and his guest, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Fund for a Feminist Majority.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Cruzing the White House?

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October 6, 2013

Michael Linden, the managing director for economic policy at the Center for American Progress, argues that focusing on the deficit hurts economic growth. Centrist Democrat Elaine Kamarck applies old lessons from her party to the current Republican Party; namely, party unity gets in the way of figuring out the best policies for winning moderate voters. And Bill Press talks with Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii about the GOP shutdown.

  • Oct. 6, 2013 Oct. 6, 2013 Budget expert Michael Linden asks whether Congress can walk and chew gum at the same time. Analyst Elaine Kamarack on the Democrats' lock on the electoral college. And Rep. Colleen Hanabusa talks with Bill Press about the GOP shutdown.
  • Michael Linden Michael Linden Progressive budget expert Michael Linden tells us something obvious – that Congress can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. He urges lawmakers to stop letting budget issues get in the way of programs that would help the economy.
  • Elaine Kamarck Elaine Kamarck Centrist Democratic political analyst Elaine Kamarck says Democrats may have an electoral lock on the presidency, and she thanks a Republican -- former California Governor Pete Wilson -- for that.
  • Colleen Hanabusa Colleen Hanabusa Bill Press and his guest, Representative Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii, discuss the GOP shutdown.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Getting ahead on the backs of others.

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