President Obama is taking some time off this week and visiting Martha's Vineyard with his family. Host Ben Kieffer and Thomas Schwartz, director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, discuss the history and politics of vacationing presidents. Also, 2016 maybe closer than it seems with three potential Republican presidential candidates visiting Iowa 29 months before the Iowa Caucus.
Massive protests once again in Egypt. Join host Ben Kieffer to talk about the political situation there with Iowa State University's Jim McCormick and long-time Iowa resident Dr. Hani Elkadi, a native of Egypt, who’s just returned from Cairo. Also, hear about the larger implications of this event for the Middle East.
Protests continue in Egypt in advance of voting on a new constitution. On politics day Ben Kieffer talks with political experts about why protestors say the draft constitution does not represent the hope inspired by the Arab spring. And why NATO fears the Syrian President may use chemical weapons on his own people.
Former President Jimmy Carter says he disagrees with President Obama’s assessment this week of Egypt’s relationship to the United States.
The Democrat addressed students and faculty at Drake University in Des Moines Thursday. During a forum focused primarily on social justice issues, Carter was asked if he agrees with President Obama’s statement that Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy.
"No, I think Egypt is an ally of the United States," Carter says. "We know Egypt well."