For an hour and five minutes, President Barack Obama addressed the country for his 5th State of the Union address. Obama lauded progress the country has made from decreasing unemployment to smaller deficits. He talked about recent successes of the Affordable Care Act and spoke out about progress that still needs to be made: higher wages for women, and raising the minimum wage. And he showed a little extra swagger saying that if congress won’t go along with his ideas, then President Obama will go at it alone.
Five years after the 2008 Presidential election, the name Bill Ayers remains radioactive. In his new memoir, Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, Ayers owns up to his activities as an “unrepentant terrorist,” and writes about being the target of multi-million dollar campaign to demonize him.
It’s the first State of the Union of President Obama's second term, and a major opportunity for him to set the agenda for the next four years…from jobs to reviving the economy. But the President will have to bring Congress along with that agenda and that might not be easy. We’ll listen back to parts of the speech, talk about where there may be agreements and what the major roadblocks might be?
In two-thousand-eight, Iraq and Afghanistan were still the major focus, but as those conflicts wind down, other hotspots are emerging…from Syria to North Korea to Iran to Al Qaeda in Northern Africa. We’ll examine these new foreign policy challenges and how they may play out over the next four years.
At an interfaith vigil last night, President Obama offered the love and prayers of the nation to community members in Newtown, Connecticut. The President also promised political action designed to prevent future tragedies, saying our society will be judged by how we care for our children. For the Obama administration, it was a timely but vague first foray into the gun control debate.
The President rallied more than 8000 supporters at a Nashua middle school within a few miles of the Massachusetts border. Mr. Obama made of point of attacking Mitt Romney’s record there.
"He pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited 278 of the wealthiest families in the state and then he raised taxes and fees on middle class families to the tune of $750 million. Does that sound familiar to you?
Think about how anti-gay marriage rhetoric played a critical role in George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, or how talking up a surging economy made Bill Clinton the first two-term democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt won in 1936.
In Denver, president Obama and republican nominee Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three forums. The focus was domestic policy - from jobs to taxes to federal debt. We're playing back some debate highlights, covering the major themes....and are including your thoughts in our conversation.
Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement
NHPR will air special coverage for all the presidential debates and the vice presidential debate on October 3, 11, 16 and 22. In addition, WNYC Radio's "Swing State Radio Network" in New York is providing a special one-hour live call-in show that will air from 8 - 9 p.m. before each debate specifically for the swing states.
Oct. 3: First presidential debate on domestic policy
New Hampshire is one of seven swing states targeted by a new two-minute television ad launched by the Obama campaign.
The ad, which began running Thursday, is titled, ‘Table.” It features a seated Obama speaking directly to the camera. The ad opens with Obama reminding voters that the country was at war with Iraq and losing 800,000 jobs a month when he took office.
The Republicans came to Tampa; then the Democrats came to Charlotte.
Now, with the conventions behind them, both parties have come to New Hampshire.
President Obama held his first post-convention campaign event in Portsmouth, before flying to Iowa. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, started the day in the Buckeye State and holds a rally at Holman Stadium in Nashua Friday evening.
NHPR’s Josh Rogers was on hand for the president's event; he joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to talk about what he saw and heard.
Every Friday leading up to Election Day, NHPR checks in with PolitiFact about just how truthful candidates’campaign statements are. PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com., a project of the Tampa Bay Times. The goal is to help you find the truth in politics. They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.