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 10, 2013

Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a lot to say about Obamacare and tea party extremism, and she advises members of Congress from both parties to just try to be “normal human beings.” A Veterans Week reflection by law professor Mary Dudziak on how America has come to be in a permanent state of war. And Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, about the NSA and Syria.

  • Nov. 10, 2013 Nov. 10, 2013 Democratic Party Chair on Obamacare and the Virginia election. A Veterans Week reflection on our state of war, and a peace activist says the U.S. intelligence apparatus is out of control.
  • D. Wasserman Schultz D. Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic Party and a congresswoman from Florida, says if you don’t like the way your kitchen was remodeled, don’t burn down the house – take the counter out and re-do the cabinet knobs. Her point? The Affordable Care Act needs minor revisions, not arson.
  • Mary Dudziak Mary Dudziak If you just look at all the campaign ribbons and medals handed out by the U.S. military, you can see that this nation has been in pretty much a permanent state of war for a long time. Author Mary Dudziak says Americans are not called upon for any real sacrifice to support wars, such as public engagement about foreign policy.
  • Joe Cirincione Joe Cirincione Bill Press and his guest, Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Congress critters kiss Wall Street butt for cash.

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September 15, 2013

Five years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers set off the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Economist James Galbraith analyzes what we have learned since then. At a time when the gap between rich and poor is at a 100-year high, demographer Phillip Longman finds a direct link between an American’s income and health. And Bill Press talks with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

  • September 15, 2013 September 15, 2013 Five years after Lehman Brothers, economist James Galbraith says the financial sector is dysfunctional. And a demographer says your ZIP code determines your health.
  • James K. Galbraith James K. Galbraith University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith says that five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the economy is starting to slowly come around.
  • Phillip Longman Phillip Longman Health expert Phillip Longman has found that where you live – and how much you make – directly correlates to your health status.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Debbie Wasserman Schultz Bill Press and his guest, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Finding the money to fund higher education for all.

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August 5, 2012

Tax deductions for Stand Your Ground laws. Tax credits for prancing horses. Romney praises national health system — if it is Israeli.


 

Bob Edgar

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Bob Edgar is a former congressman who knows how lobbying works. In fact, he heads the public interest lobby Common Cause. Mr. Edgar has filed a complaint with the IRS exposing the lobbying tactics of a right-wing group that funds its nefarious work with tax-deductible contributions – not the way lobbying is supposed to work.
http://www.commoncause.org
 

Catherine Poe

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Mitt Romney just doesn’t relate to the average voter, and commentator Catherine Poe thinks she knows why. His money has sheltered him from the vicissitudes of life and made it seem normal to take a 77-thousand-dollar tax credit for a dressage horse.
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/staff/catherine-poe/
 

Judd Legum

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Bill Press talks with Judd Legum about health care reform and Mitt Romney.
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