A daylong conference at Northeastern University on Thursday will explore the fascinating subplots of the political landscape now that the 2012 elections are less than a year away. The event was organized by Northeastern University political science professor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life. To preview the conference, we asked Crotty to examine how President Barack Obama has fared in his first term in dealing with resistance from the Republican Party.
Last week, President Obama announced a series of regulatory changes aimed at easing the burden of student loans for recent college graduates who may not be making enough money to repay their debts. Professor Jeffrey Born, a finance expert in the College of Business Administration, says while the changes may not help many recent graduates, they could help students who are preparing to graduate — especially those with degrees that may not net them high-paying jobs.
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The contentious debate over the debt ceiling became one of this summer’s hottest news stories. We asked Dan Kennedy, assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University, to assess the overall coverage as well as the challenges journalists face when reporting any politically charged story.
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Earlier this week, President Obama signed a bill passed by Congress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The combative negotiations that preceded the deal, however, highlighted the deep political divide in Washington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Professor in Northeastern’s Department of Political Science, to examine the political climate in light of this deal, and what it means for the 2012 elections.
Congress and President Obama reached a last-minute agreement on Tuesday to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and avoid default. However, the crisis has damaged the United States’ standing in the world’s economy, according to Kamran Dadkhah, an associate professor of economics at Northeastern University.
Congress and President Obama have yet to reach an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a necessity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its financial obligations. William Dickens, a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Northeastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depression if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.
President Obama, who’s known for his social media savvy, held the first-ever Twitter Town Hall meeting last week, where he answered the public’s questions about taxes, jobs and the economy. Dan Kennedy, an associate professor of journalism, is an expert in news reporting and social networks. Here, he discusses Obama’s choice to engage the public through Twitter, and the use of social media by presidential candidates and journalists.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner says Congress has until August 2nd to approve an increase in the federal debt limit — enabling the Treasury to borrow more money — or the U.S. government will not be able to meet all of its financial obligations. Here, Northeastern finance and economics instructor Richard Goettle discusses what could happen to the economy if Congress and the White House fail to find common ground.
Republican hopefuls faced off at Monday’s GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, after which most pundits voted front-runner Mitt Romney best in show. William Crotty, the Thomas P O’Neill professor of political science at Northeastern and expert in presidential elections, explains Republicans‘ primary campaign issues, the tactics used by presidential candidates to stand out in a debate and why Romney is leading the GOP field, for now.
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