Budget Deficits and the Soaring Cost of Health Care

October 15, 2007

Opportunity 08 - Hosted and Co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Institute of PoliticsThe Brookings Institute recently co-sponsored Opportunity 08 with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The forum examined key domestic issues facing presidential candidates in the New Hampshire Primary, including health care and the federal budget.

Former senator Warren Rudman was joined by expert panelists from the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, including Jennifer Donahue, senior advisor for political affairs, and Jennifer Lucas, assistant professor of Politics. Panelists from Washington, D.C., included Brookings president and former Clinton Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott; former Center for Medicare and FDA Administrator Mark McClellan; and former presidential advisor and Opportunity 08 co-chair Tom Donilon.

Video and audio coverage of the forum is available for download through the Opportunity 08 Web site.

An Interview With Award-Winning Bilingual Journalist Helen Aguirre Ferre

September 27, 2007

helenpicwebIn this podcast, we feature an interview with Helen Aguirre Ferre, an award-winning, bilingual journalist in both print and broadcast media. With more than two decades of reporting, she is the Opinion Page Editor of Diario Las Américas, an independent, family-owned Spanish-language newspaper based in Miami, Florida. Her commentary also extends to a Sunday column in Diario Las Américas, covering current, national, and international affairs.

In the broadcast arena, Aguirre Ferre is the moderator of the weekly WPBT public affairs series Issues, reaching audiences from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. She also serves as host for many of WPBT’s public affairs specials. She has extensive experience interviewing both local leaders as well as heads of state, particularly from Latin America, and some of the most important figures in American politics.

Aguirre Ferre co-founded Operation Saving Lives which was a humanitarian task force responsible for sending money, medicine, food, and clothing to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America. She was also appointed to the Florida State Committee of Higher Education Access Task Force in 2005 and the Florida Energy 2020 Commission, among others. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Miami Dade College. Aguirre Ferré holds a B.A. in Political Science from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and an M.A. in Inter-American Studies from the University of Miami ’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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Presidential Candidate Sam Brownback to Speak About Social Security Reform

August 28, 2007

Sen. Sam BrownbackSam Brownback, Kansas senator and 2008 presidential candidate will hold a forum with Social Security reform advocate William Shipman on Tuesday, September 4, from 12-1 p.m. in NHIOP Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994, Brownback represents the Second District of Kansas. In 1996, the people of Kansas elected Sam Brownback as their 32nd U.S. Senator, filling out the unexpired term of Sen. Bob Dole. In 1998, he won a full six-year term, and was reelected to a second term in November 2004.

Shipman is chairman of CarriageOaks Partners, LLC a Massachusetts-based consulting firm specializing in retirement finance. An advocate of Social Security reform in the United States, Shipman has testified before the House Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Social Security and co-authored Promises to Keep: Saving Social Security’s Dream. He is Co-Chairman of the Cato Project on Social Security Choice, and was on the National Advisory Board of “Americans Discuss Social Security,” a nonprofit organization funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts to generate informed debate on the issue. He also served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Social Security.

Courtesy of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Prof. Beth Salerno Blogs From South Korea

August 27, 2007

Prof Beth SalernoFollow Prof. Beth Salerno, associate professor of history, as she blogs about her experiences in South Korea during the 2007-2008 academic year. Prof. Salerno was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Pyeongtaek University in South Korea through June 2008. She is teaching courses in U.S. history, including issues of gender, race, and citizenship.

You can visit Prof. Salerno’s blog at http://blogs.saintanselmcollege.net/bethsalerno where you’ll find photos and a recounting of her day-to-day life in South Korea. If you want to receive her blog posts by e-mail on the day they are posted, an e-mail subscription form is provided on the blog.

In the past two weeks, Prof. Salerno has settled into her apartment, gone shopping, and has made her way around using public transportation. Her classes begin this week.

Prof. Salerno is one of approximately 800 American faculty and professionals selected to travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program this year. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to strengthen international peace and understanding through scholarly exchange.

An Interview With CBS Journalist Bob Schieffer

August 26, 2007

Podcast Interview With Bob Schieffer 8/26/07I had a unique opportunity today to interview one of the nation’s premier political journalists, Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer. To be in the same room to see Schieffer work is one thing, but to be able to sit down and interview him for 20 minutes is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

With a career that spans 50 years, Schieffer is CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and he has covered all four major beats in Washington, including the Whitehouse, the Pentagon, Congress, and the State Department.

He has covered every presidential campaign as well as Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972. Schieffer has been to New Hampshire many times over the years to report on the presidential primary and he easily admits his fondness for the important role the New Hampshire Primary holds in presidential politics.

In this interview, Shieffer discusses some of the issues with the current presidential selection system as well as the current state of journalism and how it has changed since he began his career.

Photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08

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Live from Alumni Hall: “Face the Nation”

August 26, 2007

Bob Schieffer and Sen. John EdwardsSaint Anselm College served as host today for a live broadcast of CBS’s Face the Nation. The first-floor of Alumni Hall was abuzz this morning with excitement as the Face the Nation crew took over the main lobby of the Admission Office for the show’s production.

The day began shortly after 7 a.m. as Bob Schieffer shot the program’s morning promo, show intro, and commentary from the Quad with Alumni Hall as the backdrop.

Watch the Face the Nation VideoAll this took place as students returned to campus for the start of the academic year on Monday.

To give you a sense of all that took place during CBS’s time on campus, we’ve uploaded photos to our Flickr photo stream. Thanks to student photographer Alex Witkowicz for supplying us with photos of the day’s event.

If you missed the airing of today’s Face the Nation, video of the program is available on the CBS News Web site.

Top photo by Alex Witkowicz ‘08

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