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President Obama is going all out for healthcare reform. Some say it's crucial to the rest of his agenda. How did he do at last night's news conference? Have new media changed the nature of a familiar debate.  Also, federal agents go after massive corruption rings in New Jersey, and the President, the Harvard scholar and the Cambridge policeman.


Banner image: President Barack Obama answers a question during a news conference on healthcare in the East Room of the White House. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Rebecca Mooney
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Healthcare Reform, the Economy and the Obama Agenda 35 MIN, 4 SEC

Recent reports on the progress of healthcare reform have portrayed a President battling his own party in Congress while his popularity ratings decline. Republicans -- and some Democrats, say he's moving too fast toward what some call "a government takeover" and a step toward "socialism." In his press conference last night, the President pushed what he called an "affordable" plan for "quality care," not financed "on the backs of middle class families." Which messages appeal to American voters? Is a familiar debate being re-framed in the age of the Internet?

Guests:
Matt Bai, New York Times (@mattbai)
Elvin Lim, Assistant Professor of Government, Wesleyan University
Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Justin Peters, Managing Editor, website of the Columbia Journalism Review

Making News New Jersey Corruption Runs Deep 7 MIN, 28 SEC

Federal agents rained down in New Jersey today, arresting 44 people charged with public corruption and high-volume, international money-laundering. Among those arrested were city mayors, city legislators and Jewish rabbis. Amir Efrati is reporting the story for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Amir Efrati, Wall Street Journal

Reporter's Notebook Obama Wades into Racial Issue during Press Conference 8 MIN, 4 SEC

At last night's news conference, the President was asked about the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, who had forgotten his keys and was arrested while trying to get into his home. Obama said that his friendship with "Skip" Gates could make him biased, but he was critical of the arrest for disorderly conduct, charges that later were dropped. Stanford Law Professor Richard Ford is author of The Race Card: How Bluffing about Bias Makes Race Relations Worse.

Guests:
Richard Thompson Ford, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

The Race Card

Richard Ford

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