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     Are you a regular listener to the show?  Do you like the brand of common sense commentary that we put forth?  Would you consider nominating us for a podcast award?  The 10th Annual Podcast Awards will be held on April 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada and are now accepting nominations!

It's fast and easy, and a great way to support the show and get our show in front of listeners who may not have heard about us yet.

All you have to do is go to and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News" enter "In the News with Mike Dakkak," URL ""  Then enter your name, email address, whether you're a "Podcaster," "Listener" or "Both," and click "Submit."

We were fortunate enough to be nominated last year and hope that we can count on your support again this year.

Nominations close Monday, February 2nd, 2015.

Blizzards and Budgets

Jan. 27th, 2015

     For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show.

We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook for the US. We detail the report’s findings on the debt and the deficit. We also look to events in Europe as an example of why austerity may not have been the best path to pursue in the wake of the financial crisis.

DC through Des Moines

Jan. 26th, 2015 

     The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows.

Hello Havana

Jan. 23rd, 2015 

     The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides.

In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home.

Middle Class or Trickle Down?

Jan. 22nd, 2015 

     The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans.

Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of the President’s proposals and the broader economic arguments involved in today’s episode.

Done with Apologizing

Jan. 21st, 2015

     The President gave a full throated defense of his policies and his agenda during last night’s State of the Union Address. Instead of ticking off a list of proposals, he spent the address laying out the case for why Democratic policies are best for the middle class and the nation as a whole.

The speech marked a departure from the President’s usual call for bipartisanship and the need to compromise with the other side. Does it mark a turning point in the President’s dealings with Republicans in Congress and has the President decided that the best defense is a good offense?

I am Democrat, Hear me Roar

Jan. 20th, 2015

     The President is set to give his annual State of the Union Address tonight before Congress. It seems that the theme of the speech (as well as of the administration as a whole since last year’s elections), is that the President is tired of waiting for deals with Republicans. He seems to be willing to strike out on his own and force the terms of the debate on his opponents. We preview the address tonight and discuss the administration’s seemingly new found philosophy.

ISIS Update

Jan. 16th, 2015

     Last September the President announced that our main goal with regards to ISIS was to degrade and destroy the extremist group. After 4 months of US-led coalition airstrikes what progress has been made? By most accounts ISIS has been forced to give up control of very little of the territory it captured before the airstrikes began. While their advancement has been halted it seems that 790 airstrikes and $1.2 billion spent so far have done little in terms of pushing ISIS back. We discuss in today’s program.

Counterpunch on Immigration

Jan. 15th, 2015

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     The Republican controlled House passed a bill yesterday that would fund the Department of Homeland Security but roll back all of the provisions in President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The move is intended to challenge the President’s perceived overreach but keep a vital national security agency funded. A standoff is likely to occur as the bill is unlikely to make it out of the Senate and even more unlikely to be signed by the President. What are the politics of the standoff and who has a better chance of prevailing in the end? We discuss in today’s program.

Jeb and Mitt

Jan. 14th, 2015

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     Jeb Bush recently announced on his Facebook page that he is considering a run for president and that he is forming a Super PAC. Many see his candidacy as all but confirmed. It’s believed that a Bush campaign would unite the “establishment” wing of the Republican Party behind one candidate. However this past week Mitt Romney told a group of supporters that he is seriously considering a third run for the White House. It seems that the 2016 Presidential Election is well underway on the Republican side. Is there enough room in the Republican Party for both a Bush and a Romney campaign? We discuss in today’s episode.

The Bigger the Better

Jan. 13th, 2015

     The President recently announced a proposal that would make 2 years of community college free for students. Students would have to go to school at least half time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make progress toward a degree.

The proposal, along with the recent announcements of a climate deal with China, immigration reform, and reestablishing relations with Cuba, have made it clear that the President plans on tackling “big ideas” in his remaining time in office. We talk today about why regardless of your view on any one of these topics in particular, it bodes well for the country as a whole.

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