August 19, 2012

What killed the last great Senate? Can Democrats retain control of the current not-so-great Senate? And can the Internet replace political parties?

 
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Ira Shapiro

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From the early 1960s through the 1970s, the United States Senate lived up to its historic grandeur, says former Senate staffer Ira Shapiro, the author of a new book called “The Last Great Senate.” What went wrong? Shapiro suggests it was the outside influences of right-wing ideology and big money that turned the world’s greatest deliberative body into a permanent election campaign.
http://irashapiroauthor.com/
 

Ray Glendening

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A new Internet site tries to match up ideological soul mates regardless of political party. The founder of this post-partisan exercise, Ray Glendening, explains how this new platform may bring about a broad and thoughtful conversation about the role of government.
http://www.ruck.us/
 

Jennifer Duffy

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Bill Press interviews political analyst Jennifer Duffy, who says Democrats have an even shot at retaining control of the Senate.
http://www.billpressshow.com/
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July 15, 2012

Who cares about swing voters? Why should taxes go up? Why did Barney Frank choose to get married now?

 

Alan Abramowitz

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Alan Abramowitz is a professor of political science at Emory University and well known for correctly predicting most of the presidential election outcomes. He has not yet made his 2012 prediction, but he does tell President Obama to forget the swing voters and concentrate instead on turning out his base.

http://polisci.emory.edu/home/people/abramowitz.html

 

Simon Johnson

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Economist Simon Johnson explains the current fiscal crisis as one caused by Republican refusal to pay for Social Security and Medicare. If America doesn’t have a more informed debate, he says, the chances of a true fiscal disaster go up. His solution – re-elect President Obama AND resist extending the Bush tax cuts to everyone.

http://baselinescenario.com/

 

Barney Frank

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Bill Press talks with retiring Congressman and newlywed Barney Frank on why he decided to marry his partner before leaving Congress, and on the nation’s fiscal crisis and congressional gridlock.

http://www.billpressshow.com/

http://frank.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–February 12, 2012

Andrew Baumann

Andrew Baumann, a Democratic pollster, says more Democratic candidates are embracing the president’s new populism theme, but are not necessarily going to  embrace him.  He also says watch out for a flip in both houses of Congress … the House returning to Democrats and the Republicans taking the Senate.

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Richard Bulliet

Columbia University Professor Richard Bulliet  says preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is probably impossible until and unless testing begins. He also predits a negotiated withdrawal from Afghanistan, with the Taliban taking control.

http://www.columbia.edu/~rwb3/Bulliet/Richard_W._Bulliet.html

Steny Hoyer

An interview by Bill Press with Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, who points out that if the middle class does well, people at the top will do well, also.

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http://hoyer.house.gov/

AmericasDemocrats.org–January 22, 2012

Fred Harris

Fred Harris is now a political science professor, but he was once a U.S. senator, chairman of the DNC and a candidate for president. He says the outcome of the open Senate race in his adopted state of New Mexico could depend on how President Obama does at the top of the ticket.

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Mike Barnes

Former Congressman Mike Barnes, who spends the cold weather in Florida, says the likely Republican Senate candidate in the Sunshine State “is not the sharpest knife in the dishwasher.’

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Steve Israel

An interview by Bill Press with Representative Steve Israel, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Congressman Israel reveals that current polling actually puts the Democrats ahead in the race for a majority in the House.

Bill Press

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee