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.

Journalist Helen Aguirre Ferre Speaks on Immigration

October 12, 2007

Helen Aguirre Ferre with Saint Anselm FacultyIn today's podcast, we feature a lecture by Helen Aguirre Ferre, who spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on September 24, 2007. In her lecture, Aguirre Ferre discusses the historical context of U.S. immigration, the current process of immigration, and a number of reforms being proposed.

Aguirre Ferre is an award-winning bilingual journalist in print and broadcast media, with more than two decades of reporting experience. She was appointed to the Florida State Committee of Higher Education Access Task Force in 2005, and serves as chair of the Board of Trustees at Miami Dade College.

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NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd Previews 2008 Election

September 28, 2007

NBC News Political Director Chuck ToddIn New Hampshire recently for a Democratic candidate debate, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on September 25. In his lecture he handicaps the republican and democratic candidates for president and discusses the upcoming New Hampshire Primary.

Todd became the political director for NBC News in March 2007. In addition to managing political coverage for the NBC networks, he also contributes on-air analysis to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Meet the Press with Tim Russert, and MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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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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Author and Historian H.W. Crocker Addresses "The Top Myths of American Military History"

September 12, 2007

In this podcast, Author and Historian H.W. Crocker delivers a lecture at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 26, 2007. Crocker was the invited guest of the Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador program students, and presented a talk on The Top Myths of American Military History.

H.W. Crocker speaks at the NHIOPCrocker, a well published author recently penned Don't Tread on Me, which examines the 400-year history of the American Military. Arguing that the American Revolution may not have been an obviously necessary event, and that the North may not have held the moral high ground throughout the Civil War, Crocker presents what he calls "the real scoop" in his book.

The Kevin Harrington Student Ambassador Program at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics provides students with a unique opportunity to support special events, welcome guests and speakers, and serve as emissaries for the Institute's important mission of citizenship and civic engagement.

Photos by Alex Witkowicz '08

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Sen. Sam Brownback Proposes Changes to Social Security System

September 5, 2007

Sen. Sam BrownbackIn this podcast, we feature a speech by republican presidential candidate Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, who spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on September 4, 2007. During his talk, Sen. Brownback outlined his proposal for reforming the Social Security System, which includes allowing people to put five percent of their taxable income into private accounts.

In his plan, workers would have the choice to remain with the current system or have the ability to save and invest for their own retirement.

After his speech, the senator joined students and faculty for an informal lunch in Davison Hall where discussion continued on Sen. Brownback's proposed changes to Social Security as well as other issues (read related Union Leader article).

Sen. Sam BrownbackWilliam Shipman, co-author of Promises to Keep: Saving Social Security's Dream," and co-chair of the Cato Institute's Project on Social Security Choice also spoke during Sen. Brownback's appearance at the college.

Photos by Alex Witkowicz

Event Coverage: Event Photos | NECN Video | Union Leader | Boston Herald

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