With Obama promising to sign an executive order strengthening the clause on the ban on using federal funds for abortion, it looks as if the reconciliation bill is likely to become law . At least the people over at intrade.com putting real money on the line believe the odds are very high.
I recently returned from a trip to China and have been digging my way out of backlogged emails, Tivo’d shows, RSS Feeds, and Podcasts. One that I came across was from a podcast of my Alma Matter Carleton College entitled “Convocation: Barack Obama: Politics, Race, and the Common Good”. My first thought was how did a President Elect in transition find the time to give a lecture at a small college. Typically this podcast is devoted to recent Convocations (lectures), but in this case it was a reposting of an archived speech he had given in 1999 as when he was only three years into his formal political career as a State Senator in Illinois. It is an interesting speech to listen to because he largely spells out his entire domestic policy worldview without any of the filters that come with high pressure national politics.
Link to the release of the archive
Link to the 6 part audio recordings and Transcript
Link to the Carletonian newspaper article