President Obama http://kgou.org en When Obama Takes Questions Today, What Should He Be Asked? http://kgou.org/post/if-obama-takes-questions-today-what-should-he-be-asked <strong>Update at 10:02 a.m. ET. News Conference Set For 2 P.M. ET:</strong><p>The White House just announced that the president will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.<p>So, we've changed our original headline from "If Obama Takes Questions ..." to "When."<p>Note: The president's sessions with reporters often get started a little late.<p><strong>Our original post picks up the story:</strong><p>There some open time on President Obama's schedule today — between a late morning meeting with advisers and an early evening departure for a two-week vacation in Hawaii.<p>How might he fill that gap? Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:53:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 19606 at http://kgou.org When Obama Takes Questions Today, What Should He Be Asked? World Views: September 13, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-september-13-2013 <p></p><p>Earlier this week President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/10/221186456/transcript-president-obamas-address-to-the-nation-on-syria">asked congressional leaders</a> to postpone a vote on legislation that would authorize the use of force against&nbsp;Syria. Joshua Landis provides an update on what's next in the volatile region.</p><p>Later,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">journalist </span><a href="http://www.koco.com/tv/news-team/-/9845744/17511936/-/cxmdykz/-/index.html">Erielle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Reshef</a>&nbsp;joins Suzette Grillot for a conversation about covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Before returning to her home state last year to anchor and report for KOCO-TV, the Oklahoma City native spent several years working for the <a href="http://www.iba.org.il/">Israeli Broadcasting Authority</a>.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 13481 at http://kgou.org World Views: September 13, 2013 Big Winners In Latest Syria Developments? Moscow And Assad http://kgou.org/post/big-winners-latest-syria-developments-moscow-and-assad <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week President Obama asked congressional leaders to postpone a vote on legislation that would authorize </span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/syria" style="line-height: 1.5;">the use of force against&nbsp;Syria</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We will work together in consultation with Russia and China to put forward a resolution at the U.N. Security Council requiring </span>Assad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to give up his chemical weapons and to ultimately destroy them under international control,” the president </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/09/10/221186456/transcript-president-obamas-address-to-the-nation-on-syria" style="line-height: 1.5;">said</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in a televised address to the nation Tuesday night.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and the author of the influential and widely-read blog </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://syriacomment.com/">Syria Comment</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says the new diplomatic development is a victory for Moscow.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:32:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 13480 at http://kgou.org Big Winners In Latest Syria Developments? Moscow And Assad Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Crackdown In Egypt http://kgou.org/post/obama-strongly-condemns-crackdown-egypt "The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt's interim government" that have led to civilians "being killed in the streets," President Obama said Thursday from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he is vacationing with his family.<p>He called on Egypt's interim government to lift the state of emergency it has declared and said the U.S. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:46:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 11650 at http://kgou.org Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Crackdown In Egypt Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon http://kgou.org/post/obama-set-news-conference-friday-afternoon President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at 3 p.m. ET — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=190293264" target="_blank">Edward Snowden</a> starting spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.<p>So we should expect questions about Snowden, spying and civil liberties, as well as strained relations with Russia, the economy and other subjects.<p>We're planning to follow along and live blog during the news conference. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 11284 at http://kgou.org Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon World Views: June 28, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-june-28-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis offers an update about the situation in Syria, and how chemical weapons affect the public’s view of the civil war. The panel also talks about the Edward Snowden case and the complexities of asylum and extradition.</span><br><br>Stigler, Oklahoma native <a href="http://pamolson.org/">Pamela Olson</a>&nbsp;moved to Palestine &nbsp;after she graduated in 2002. She settled in Ramallah, where she worked as the head writer and editor for the <em><a href="http://www.palestinemonitor.org/">Palestine Monitor</a>.&nbsp;</em>She just wrote a book about her experiences called&nbsp;<em>Fast Times in Palestine.</em></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis, Hallie Arias & Brian Hardzinski 8666 at http://kgou.org World Views: June 28, 2013 Why U.S. Military Aid Increases Uncertainty in Syria http://kgou.org/post/why-us-military-aid-increases-uncertainty-syria <p></p><p>Earlier this month President Obama <a href="http://www.charlierose.com/download/transcript/12981">told Charlie Rose</a> the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus in the region, but not his goals for Syria.</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the author of the blog <em><a href="http://syriacomment.com/">Syria Comment</a></em> and the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, says the United States supplying lethal aid to Syrian rebels is a big change that makes a big difference.</p><p>“Once you get all the CIA and everybody else in there - our trainers and Special Forces - then they want to win,” Landis says. “They're not going to do it to play patty-cake."</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:08:49 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 8658 at http://kgou.org Why U.S. Military Aid Increases Uncertainty in Syria Test-Driving The Obamacare Software http://kgou.org/post/test-driving-obamacare-software All the outreach in the world won't count for much if the Obamacare ticket counter doesn't work.<p>Behind <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/25/195539769/health-exchange-outreach-targets-latinos">the campaign</a> to educate the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act is the assumption that software to sell the plans will be ready and user-friendly by Oct. 1, when enrollment is supposed to start. That assumption <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/23/obamacares-five-biggest-challenges/">isn't universally shared</a>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:24:00 +0000 editor 8576 at http://kgou.org Test-Driving The Obamacare Software Inhofe: Now Is Not The Time To Reduce US Nukes http://kgou.org/post/inhofe-now-not-time-reduce-us-nukes <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. Sen. Jim </span>Inhofe<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;(</span>R-Okla<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">.) says now is not the time to reduce the country's nuclear arms forces around the globe.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 8129 at http://kgou.org Inhofe: Now Is Not The Time To Reduce US Nukes Controversies Risk Starving Obama's Agenda Of Air http://kgou.org/post/controversies-risk-starving-obamas-agenda-air This was the critical moment, the brief time between his inaugural and when the nation's collective focus turns to whom his successor will be, when President Obama had to make real progress on his second-term agenda and thus forge his legacy.<p>Instead, the president finds his administration, the public, Congress and the news media distracted by controversies over Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups and a leak investigation in which the Justice Department secretly obtained months of phone records of Associated Press journalists.<p>The result? Tue, 14 May 2013 20:37:44 +0000 Frank James 5893 at http://kgou.org Controversies Risk Starving Obama's Agenda Of Air