The State of the Union: 'We Don't Quit...I Don't Quit'
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During last night's State of the Union Address, President Obama admitted mistakes while defending his first year in office. What does he want for the future, and what is he likely to get? We sample opinions. Also, President Karzai's new priority, reaching out to the Taliban, and what's bad for Toyota could be good for General Motors.
Banner image: President Obama lays out his priorities for getting people to work and bolstering the middle class in his State of the Union Address. Official White House photo: Pete Souza
New Priority for President Karzai: Reaching Out to the Taliban ()
Officials of 70 nations are meeting in London to map out ways of ending eight years of war in Afghanistan. Last year was the worst yet in the fight with the Taliban, but the theme of the meeting is reconciliation, starting with President Hamid Karzai. John Burns is London Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
- John Burns: London Bureau Chief, New York Times
The State of the Union: 'We Don't Quit...I Don't Quit' ()
Barack Obama's first State of the Union address touched on many subjects in more than an hour of prime time TV. But the principal focus was the economy. President Obama conceded that he made mistakes in his first year in office, but said most of his problems were beyond his control. He promised to create jobs, curtail spending and work for economic recovery in the long term. He still wants comprehensive healthcare reform, and he criticized Democrats as well as Republicans for partisanship on Capitol Hill. Did he rally his base? Reach out to Conservatives? Did he get Independents to lean his way again?
- Ryan Lizza: Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker, @RyanLizza
- Christopher Hayes: Washington Editor, The Nation
- William Galston: Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy, then-President Clinton
- Matthew Continetti: Associate Editor, Weekly Standard
- Douglas Brinkley: Professor of History, Rice University
Toyota's Reputation Takes a Hit with Recall Expansion ()
Toyota became the world's biggest car company, building a reputation for unparalleled excellence. But did rapid growth come at a high cost to consistent quality? The auto maker's recall of vehicles needing corrective action extended to Europe yesterday, and competitors, including General Motors, are already seeing opportunities. Jeffrey Linker, Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan, has written several books on Toyota, including The Toyota Way.
- Jeffrey Liker: Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
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