Is President Obama a disappointment? In the midst of a rough week for progressives (first healthcare reform, then Copenhagen) I was on MSNBC’s The Ed Show debating whether or not President Obama is a sellout. "Sellout" was Ed’s word, not mine–he’s not one to pull punches–but we had a lively segment about the frustrating direction of some of the President’s biggest policy decisions this month. Here’s video:
Regardless of the substance of these policy initiatives, one thing that struck me is how much is going on right now. Just days before Christmas with half the East Coast snowed in, and we’re grappling with decisions (healthcare, climate change, Afghanistan) that could define a generation.
It’s been a busy week at The Nation too. One of the reasons I’m doing these "Around the Nation" posts is to flag for readers some of the big stories from our orbit, and to highlight new features at TheNation.com. Here are three big updates you may have missed:
1. We launched a new audio feature, "The Breakdown." It’s a beta launch this week–we want your feedback on the audio player itself and the structure of the new feature–but the idea is simple: every Friday The Nation‘s Chris Hayes will answer questions about the week’s news from readers, submitted via Twitter, email or voicemail. This week’s topic is climate change, and Chris explains some of the solutions on the table, including a carbon tax and cap and trade, and the differences between them. You can listen here or download the MP3: