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On his way to Europe to pick up his Nobel Prize, President Obama addressed some controversial issues. Today, he commended Democrats in the Senate for an agreement arrived at last night. It covers one of the most controversial aspects of healthcare reform, the so-called "public option." Yesterday, the President wants to use unspent TARP bailout money to help create jobs. Republicans want it to pay down the deficit. We get details.  

Banner image: President Barack Obama speaking on the economy at the Brookings Institution yesterday. Official White House photo: Chuck Kennedy

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Obama's Plan for Creating Jobs 28 MIN, 17 SEC

Today, before leaving for Europe to pick up his Nobel Prize, the President met with leaders of both parties to talk about jobs. During the meeting, he acknowledged the "less than full bi-partisan support for the Recovery Act and other steps that have broken the free-fall of our economy." Afterward, he repeated the outline of a plan proposed yesterday in a speech in Washington. Saying that the TARP bailout won't cost as much as predicted, the President wants part of the windfall to help create jobs. With the employment picture improving, what's the rush? Should the unexpected money all go to pay down the deficit?

Guests:
Krishna Guha, US Economic Editor, Financial Times
Tom Kochan, Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Business
Bruce Bartlett, Fiscal Times
Daniel Gross, Daily Beast (@grossdm)

Making News Senate Compromises on Healthcare Bill 22 MIN, 56 SEC

On his way to Europe to pick up his Nobel Prize, the President today commended Democrats in the Senate for an agreement arrived at last night to dispose of one of the most controversial aspects of health care reform, the so-called "public option." We hear what's known so far about the details of the deal, and find out what happened yesterday with regard to Medicare and abortion.

Guests:
Emily Pierce, Roll Call (@emilyprollcall)
Jonathan Cohn, New Republic (@CitizenCohn)
Emily Friedman, independent health policy and ethics analyst
Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle (@carolynlochhead)

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