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 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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September 22, 2013

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake says the top issue on the political horizon isn’t the economy or education, but rather which crazy thing Republicans will do next. Former World Bank executive and author George Tyler answers the question, “What Went Wrong” with the U.S. economy. And Bill Press talks with Congressman Steve Israel of New York.

  • September 22, 2013 September 22, 2013 Pollster Celinda Lake says Democrats need to be more aggressive in their messaging. Economist George Tyler says corporate greed crashed the American economy, and Congressman Steve Israel on House Republicans.
  • Celinda Lake Celinda Lake Pollster Celinda Lake thinks Democrats are too responsible and cooperative when it comes to talking policy. She says we need to concentrate more on messaging and fighting whatever crazy thing Republicans think of next.
  • George Tyler George Tyler The American economy has experienced considerable growth in the last 30 years. But virtually none of this growth has trickled down to the average American. Economist and author George Tyler explains why.
  • Steve Israel Steve Israel Bill Press and his guest, Congressman Steve Israel, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Fracking adds an extra danger to flooding.

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