Barack Obama

Dear President-elect Obama: Listen to Your Adviser's Mom

There's been a lot of speculation in the past few days--and is sure to be more coming--about whose counsel President-elect Barack Obama is going to be heeding when it comes to education issues. We don't claim to have the inside track on who's likely to be tapped for key positions in the administration, but there is one connection from his Chicago days who we hope the next president listens to when it comes to early education.

It's Obama

Last night Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won the presidential election to become 44th president of the United States. During the campaign, Obama made early education a cornerstone of his education policy agenda, and even highlighted early education as an important investment in our country's economic future. Let's take a closer look at the early education proposals Obama put forward during the campaign.

Obama has proposed $10 billion in new federal spending to support a comprehensive "Zero to Five" early education plan, which would include support for pregnant women and families with young children, quality improvements in child care for infants and toddlers, support for states to expand high-quality pre-k, and other services for children from birth through age five. The centerpiece of this agenda would be a new program of Early Learning Challenge Grants, modeled off of the of the Illinois Early Learning Council, which Obama helped create as a state legislator.

ASP In the News | August 11-18

Foreign Policy (08/18) quotes Steve Clemons on speculation over Obama's coming VP pick.
UN Dispatch (08/18) ponders Steve Clemons' questioning on just what is happening in Pakistan.
Washington Post (08/17) features Peter Bergen analyzing the present state of Al Qaeda.
Middle East Online (08/15) quotes Daniel Levy's analysis on a possible civil war in Gaza.
CBS News (08/14) cites Steve Clemons' analysis on false clams of a Colin Powel Obama endorsement.
Washington Independent (08/14) cites Peter Bergen on terrorist havens in Northeast Pakistan.

LIVE TODAY: Susan RICE and Karen KORNBLUH to Discuss the Democratic Platform

Greg Craig, Susan Rice, Barack Obama, Tony Lake, Maj. Gen Scott Gration, Samantha Power/NYT

Scripting America's Priorities:

A Discussion with Authors of the Democratic Party Platform

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featured speakers

Susan Rice
Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Barack Obama
Senior Fellow (on leave), Brookings Institution
Former Asst. Secretary of State

Karen Kornbluh
Principal Author, Democratic Party Platform
Policy Director (on leave), Office of Sen. Barack Obama


Steve Coll
President & CEO
New America Foundation

Maya MacGuineas
President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Director, Fiscal Policy Program, New America Foundation


Steve Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation

ASP In the News | August 11-13

Chicago Tribune (08/13) quotes Steve Clemons on liberal opposition to a Bayh VP slot.
Pravda (08/13) quotes Flynt Leverett on Georgia's strategic mistake in provoking Russian aggression.
Israel E News (08/13) quotes Daniel Levy on Israel's shaky ceasefire with Hamas.
Washington Independent (08/13) quotes Peter Bergen on safe havens for Al Qaeda.
Financial Times (08/12) cites Steve Clemons on conservatives who support Obama.
Guardian (08/12) mentions Peter Bergen on American elites' evolving attitudes towards fighting terror.

US Weekly -- United States Weekly?

Never in a million years did I think I would be writing my blog about Paris Hilton.  Not because I don't like pop culture-I love it, and am not ashamed to admit I own a Britney Spears cd (or four).  But after McCain's attacks against Obama, calling him a "celebrity" and flashing pictures of Paris and Britney, Paris was savvy enough to shoot a message back to McCain.  What was really interesting to me is that in her message, which can be watched here, she delivered her own energy plan.

Yes, that's right, even Paris Hilton realizes that our planet is in trouble, and that if we don't do something today, her popular catchphrase, "That's hot," will not be used to describe a fantastic new handbag but our planet in general. 

Part of me is ecstatic because energy and environmental issues are finally becoming a major issue for this year's election, but the other part is disappointed that what is making the headlines is the drama: the attacks the two candidates are expending on each other rather than the details of their energy plans.  In fact, when reading the news, I find myself confused -am I reading a story reporting about our presidential election, or am I reading a story in Us Weekly?

ASP In the News | August 6-11

The Hotline (08/12) cites Flynt Leverett on Obama's call for Georgia to disavow force.
US News (08/10) cites Steve Clemons' analysis of the United States' tacit support for Russia's invasion.
Guardian (08/10) quotes Steve Clemons on John Edwards' recent confession.
Houston Chronicle (08/09) quotes Steve Clemons on speculation over Senator Lieberman's VP chances.
Jewish Daily (08/07) features Daniel Levy analyzing a possible civil war in Gaza.
US News (08/01) cites Sherle Schwenninger on the United States' coming $2 trillion deficit.

ASP In the News | August 1-4

iStockAnalyst (08/01) features Steve Clemons discussing Obama's need for a degree of moral flexibility.
Washington Independent (07/30) quotes Peter Bergen on the need for more troops in Afghanistan.
Foreign Policy (07/30) cites Daniel Levy on potential candidates to lead Kadima after Olmert's resignation.
The Window (07/19) talks with Parag Khanna on the U.S.' relationship with the Kurdish Regional Government.

ASP In the News | July 28-30

The American Muslim (07/30) quotes Peter Bergen on the inner workings of Egyptian society.
WorldHum (07/30) cites Parag Khanna on ways to promote international understanding.
McClatchy Newspapers (07/25) quotes Daniel Levy on Obama's moderate foreign policy.

ASP In the News | July 25-28

Christian Science Monitor (07/28) quotes Peter Bergen on the global elite's evolving views on Al Qaeda.
Daily News Egypt (07/28) features Daniel Levy explaining Israel's reasoning behind the prisoner transfer.
Wall Street Journal (07/28) quotes Daniel Levy on Obama avoiding the Palestinian issue on his trip abroad.
UN Dispatch (07/27) features Peter Bergen arguing a need for additional soldiers in Afghanistan.
New York Times (07/25) posts Michael A. Cohen's examination of Obama's Berlin symbolism.