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Live Chat: Barack Obama, Pragmatist or Ideologue?

Whether the issue is health reform, Afghanistan or gays in the military, progressive supporters of President Obama are dismayed by the pace of change -- while critics continue to warn of radical ambitions being cloaked by moderate talk.

Andrés Martinez, director of New America’s Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program, will be here at noon ET / 9am PT today to discuss the true nature of our president -- and the implications of policy decisions he's made to date.

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Past Chats

Previous New America/Politico chats have their full transcripts archived:

  • Schwartz Fellow Dayo Olopade on the Obama Administration's faith-based initiatives
  • Education Policy Program staffers Lisa Guernsey and Christina Satkowski on the future of Head Start
  • Health Policy Program Director Len Nichols on the current state of health reform
  • Energy Policy Initiative Director Lisa Margonelli on the prospects for real progress with climate policy legislation.
  • Schwartz Fellow Nicholas Thompson on Cold War lessons for Afghanistan
  • Global Assets Project Deputy Director Jamie Zimmerman on savings as a path out of poverty